The Brahma Viharas

The Buddha says that if one only has compassion for the suffering of other living beings, then in due course all other virtues, all other spiritual qualities and attainments, even Enlightenment itself, will follow.

Sangharakshita, The Purpose and Practice of Buddhist Meditation

We’re going to spend eight weeks in the context of Sangha night exploring the heart wisdom of the four Brahma Viharas – The Sublime Abodes – of Metta (loving kindness), Karuna (compassion), Mudita ( sympathetic joy) and Upeksa (equanimity).

We will begin to see how these meditation practices can deepen our connection to others, helping us to understand more fully how we can practice generosity, loving kindness, patienceĀ and contentment thus developing the qualities needed to free ourselves from self clinging.

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Abhayadevi is an order member with the Triratna Highland Community.