Cultivating Healthy Mental States: Loving-kindness, Compassion, Sympathetic Joy, and Equanimity
As you learn and implement The Teachings of Gotama Buddha, you will need to cultivate the healthy mental states of loving-kindness, compassion, sympathetic joy, and equanimity to attain Enlightenment.
These four (4) mental states are often referred to as “The Brahmā-vihāras”.
The Four (4) Brahmā-vihāras are:
1.) Loving-kindness (Pāli: mettā) is active goodwill towards all beings without judgment. A genuine interest in seeing all beings be well.
2.) Compassion (Pāli: karuṇā) is concern for the misfortunes of others.
3.) Sympathetic joy (Pāli: muditā) is joy for others’ success, even if you did not contribute to it.
4.) Equanimity (Pāli: upekkhā) is mental calmness, composure, and evenness of temper, especially in a difficult situation; treating everyone impartially.
These mental states can be cultivated through meditation and in your daily life. Your intentions, speech, and actions should emanate from these mental states.
Loving-kindness is the remedy for anger, hatred, ill will, hostility, aggression, and other harsh intentions, speech, and actions. Loving-kindness also helps eliminate judgment of others looking down on them with arrogance or conceit. A Practitioner can train the mind to treat all beings in a polite, kind, friendly, and respectful way, without judgment.
Compassion is the remedy for lack of care, indifference, worry, and anxiety.
Sympathetic joy is the remedy for envy, jealousy, and pride.
Equanimity is the remedy for an overactive mind that has restlessness and worry, it helps to cultivate patience. Equanimity will also assist a Practitioner to eliminate measuring and comparing beings treating all beings equally.
(Mini-Lesson #35 - The Brahmā-vihāras - Loving-kindness - COMING SOON!
(Mini-Lesson #36 - The Brahmā-vihāras - Compassion - COMING SOON!
(Mini-Lesson #37 - The Brahmā-vihāras - Sympathetic Joy - COMING SOON!
(Mini-Lesson #38 - The Brahmā-vihāras - Equanimity - COMING SOON!
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