THE FOUR IMMEASURABLES
THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 21, 2023
May all sentient beings have happiness and its causes
May all sentient beings be free of suffering and its causes
May all sentient beings not be separated from sorrowless bliss
May all sentient beings abide in equanimity, free of bias, attachment, and anger
The Four Immeasurables (tse me shi in Tibetan) are four qualities that one achieves with complete enlightenment. They are limitless loving-kindness, limitless compassion, limitless joy, and limitless equanimity. The Buddha taught that we should practice loving-kindness to overcome anger. Loving-kindness has the capacity to bring happiness to others without
demanding anything in return. We practice compassion to overcome cruelty. Compassion has the capacity to remove the suffering of others without expecting anything in return. We practice sympathetic joy to overcome hatred. Sympathetic joy arises when one rejoices over the happiness of others and wishes others well-being and success. We practice non-attachment to overcome prejudice. Non-attachment is the way of looking at all things openly
and equally, realizing “this is because that is,” and realizing that I and others are not separate. Therefore, the Buddha said not to reject one thing only to chase after another. Moreover, when we practice the four immeasurables we will become a refreshing source of vitality and happiness for others.
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