On Sunday morning I prefaced our meditation by talking about the Four Sublime Abodes – also known as The Brahma Viharas (dwelling places of the gods).
These are well known ways of describing four expressions of kindness (metta).
So in order they are:
Metta – good old garden variety kindness – we’ve all experienced it and enjoyed it in countless contexts in our lives
Karuna – metta’s response to suffering and difficulty in self and others – an impulse to help
Mudita – metta’s generous and appreciative response to the good fortune and well being of self and other
Upekkha – metta’s wise and equanimous response to all of life’s comings and goings which is finally expressed as a concern for the liberation of all beings without exception
So …… when we do a practice like The Metta Bhavana I’m suggesting that we can gently reflect as we do each stage of the practice and ask ‘What expression of kindness is needed right now? Do I or the person I’m working with in the practice need a particularly generous serving of one of these right now?’ It can give a fresh nuance and inspiration to our training in the way of compassion ……
Hope you can meditate with us this week:
Tuesday 6.30 – 7.30 pm
Sunday 8 – 9 am
Dharmalata and Padmadakini