When we pay attention to our own experiences of suffering and joy, this can be a starting point to connecting in love with others. Dayajoti offers a personal entry into recognizing and practicing the Brahma Viharas - love, compassion, joy, equanimity.
Talk given during the setup for Buddhafield Festival on the theme ‘Fire in the Heart’, 2013.
When metta meets the good fortune of others, mudita arises, joy in others. Mudita is an antidote to depression, to boredom, and it really connects you to yourself, to others, to the world around you. A beautiful introduction by Ratnavandana to the Brahma Viharas as an integrated set of practices flowing from metta - loving kindness.
We all need to find emotional equivalents to our intellectual understandings if our spiritual practice is to progress. Here Sangharakshita talks about how joy and happiness are characteristic Buddhist emotions that we seem to be missing out on. Mudita, the happiness we feel in other people’s good fortune, can be cultivated through practice.
If our metta is strong enough, it will become mudita, altruistic joy for others. Concise and essential, Satyaraja draws out practical and profound aspects of the four Brahmaviharas, considering them as both meditation practices and as realms that we can occupy.
As part of our North London Buddhist Centre autumn theme of ‘Solidarity with Self and World’ do join Nandaraja for this Guest Workshop on meditation. You will be introduced to a set of 4 core meditations that inspire and nourish specifically through helping us to nurture our positivity, helping it to flourish and grow. These are the Brahma Viharas or Divine Abodes. Nandaraja is passionate about meditation and has been practising for many...
On 1, 8 and 15 June, Sangha night will focus on the theme for Buddhist Action Month, which this year is …for the Earth. We will explore what we want to do or say ‘for the Earth’, with short talks, discussion and ritual and with reference to the Brahmaviharas – specifically Metta (love), Karuna (compassion) and Mudita (joy). These weeks will be led by Karunagita with support from Katja and the Sangha night team.
We are continuing our exploration of the body of practices collectively known as the brahma viharas or the Four Immeasurables, and this last Wednesday we spent some time practicing and talking about the upekka bhavana - the development of equanimity, ” when a mind imbued with metta applies itself to looking at the nature of existence” - ” a loving and insightful responses based on applying pratitya samutpada [ the law of conditionality] so as to illuminate how...
Last night at Exeter Sangha Night we continued our theme of the ‘Divine Abodes’ - AKA the brahmaviharas, or the Four Immeasurables. We are exploring this theme as part of Triratna’s Buddhist Action Month 2017!
Our topic this week was to practice the skill of being joyful at other’s good fortune and rejoicing in their merits. We talked about taking every opportunity to express our appreciation for others (or in fact to ourselves too!) and noticing the effect that...