Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Four Immeasurables

Hi Everyone, I hope your doing well. I am doing good. I have been reading Buddha teachings online and I wanted to share this one with all of you. I think it is a great way for all of us to try and live our lives everyday.
Have a great day,
Janet :)

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The Buddha taught the following to his son Rahula

"Rahula, practice loving kindness to overcome anger. Loving kindness has the capacity to bring happiness to others without demanding anything in return.

Practice compassion to overcome cruelty. Compassion has the capacity to remove the suffering of others without expecting anything in return.

Practice sympathetic joy to overcome hatred. Sympathetic joy arises when one rejoices over the happiness of others and wishes others well-being and success.

Practice non-attachment to overcome prejudice. Non-attachment is the way of looking at all things openly and equally. This is because myself and others are not separate. Do not reject one thing only to chase after another.

I call these the four immeasurables. Practice them and you will become a refreshing source of vitality and happiness for others.

2 comments:

  1. Such wonderful immeasurables, but so hard for an unenlightened soul like me to attain! Just the thought of extending loving-kindness to, for instance, my Loser Ex makes me want to vomit. I guess I have a long way to go. LOL

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  2. I know where your coming from Patti, I just try to use it in general for all the people I deal with on a daily basis, but still have a long way to go to for those who make me want to vomit too LOL! thanks :)

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