Brahmavihāra Dhamma by. The Venerable Mahāsi Sayādaw of. Burma. Translated by. U Min Swe (Min Kyaw Thu). Buddha Sāsanānuggaha Organization. Brahmavihara Dhamma by Mahasi Sayadaw is an extensive instructional book from the monastaries of Bhurma. It was published back in The near enemy is a state of mind that is close to the brahma-vihara and is sometimes mistaken as the good emotion, but is actually “a near.
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The four Brahma Viharas are considered by Buddhism to be the four highest emotions. They can be understood from several different perspectives — as four related but separate qualities or perhaps better, as four different ways the spiritually mature person relates to others according to their situation.
So for example, we relate to friendly people with love, to those in distress with compassion, to the successful with vicarious joy and to unpleasant people with equanimity. They are the meditative states, thoughts, and actions to be cultivated in Buddhist meditation. Brahmsvihara are the positive emotions and states that are productive and helpful to anyone of any religion or even to the one with no religion.
The result will be a very nice and good person, free from hate and ill-will. Those who cultivate the brahma viharas are guaranteed to happiness. Those who further brahmaviyara equanimity, may reach insightful states and wisdom of enlightenment experiences.
The Four Divine Emotions are known in Pali as the Brahma-viharas and are also known as the divine abidings or the divine abodes. They are emotional states to be strived for.
By practicing and developing the divine emotions, we will have a peaceful and patient daily life practice. Metta loving-kindness is a soft, affection and care brahmavihraa others and yourself.
It is not a hard, romantic type of love and not a love that includes extreme attachment or controlling feelings. Karuna compassion is like an open heart that cares for everyone.
Mudita joy with otherssometimes is called sympathetic joy or appreciative joy.
4 Brahma Viharas
It is the ability to be happy when you see others happy. Their joy becomes your joy as you welcome less suffering and happiness of others. Upekkha equanimity is the balanced state of mind. It brahmaviharaa the middle way state of mind that is neither clinging nor pushing away. Each of the four brahma-viharas has what is called a near enemy and a far enemy.
The far enemy is virtually the opposite of the brahma-vihara and is completely off the mark for the emotion that is strived for. This is shown in this table:. InDaniel Goleman, published the best-seller, Emotional Intelligence.
In this book he showed that more than intellectual intelligence, such as I. Emotional intelligence refers to getting along with others, knowing how and when to act, not letting things bother you, and success features, such as persistence, determination, and deferred gratification.
Goleman provides references from many studies to show the importance of the emotional skills for success. Indeed, religious symbol and ritual makes little sense from the rational point of view;it brahmqvihara couched in the vernacular of the heart.
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