May you live in peace...

May you be happy...

May you be free from suffering...

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metta ::
loving-kindness

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karuna ::
compassion

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mudita ::
appreciative joy

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upekkha ::
equanimity

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The four brahma-viharas represent the most beautiful and hopeful aspects of our human nature. They are mindfulness practices that protect the mind from falling into habitual patterns of reactivity which belie our best intentions.

Also referred to as mind liberating practices, they awaken powerful healing energies which brighten and lift the mind to increasing levels of clarity. As a result, the boundless states of loving-kindness, compassion, appreciative joy and equanimity manifest as forces of purification transforming the turbulent heart into a refuge of calm, focused awareness.

Audio: Reflections on the Four Brahma-Viharas

A series of four dharma talks in MP3 format given during a retreat in January 2008. There is one talk on each of the brahma-viharas: loving-kindness, compassion, appreciative joy and equanimity.
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Interview: Meeting Upon the Path

“The Divine Abidings also regenerate the beauty and mercy inherent in this existence. Metta is the capacity for love. Karuna is the capacity to remain present in the face of pain and suffering. Mudita is the capacity for boundless, appreciative joy and gratitude. Upekkha is the capacity to be with things as they are, in truth.”
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