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The Brahma Viharas, translates literally into “divine abodes” or heavenly mind states. At first blush, they may sound a little grandiose, but they are actually very much down-to-earth. These skills are eminently achievable and massively helpful.
They are four mental skills that we can train through meditation. They are commonly referred to as: lovingkindness, compassion, sympathetic joy (which means taking joy in the happiness of others), and equanimity.
To borrow a more user-friendly way of understanding them, they can also be called: friendliness, giving a crap, the opposite of schadenfreude, and staying cool.
You can think of them as mental skills that are powerful correctives against the vitriol that characterises the usual stream of our modern culture.
The proposition here is radical; instead of defaulting to hatred, desire or indifference as our habitual reaction, can you cultivate the opposite? In this course, the aim is to show you how to develop and how to operationalize these skills in your life.
The 4 week course is suitable for both newcomers and experienced practitioners.
Theresa Baw has been a Buddhist practitioner of insight meditation since 2001. She has benefited from the teachings in the Theravada traditions including: Mahasi Sayadaw; the Thai Forest tradition; and is currently practicing Tranquil Wisdom Insight Meditation. She has led regular group meditation sessions for the Blue Mountains Insight Meditation Centre. She is on the working group of Mettarama, which is establishing an urban bhikkhuni (nuns) monastery in Western Sydney. Theresa works as a barrister and also teaches meditation to others in her chambers.
All Sessions are by Donation (Dana) to the Buddhist Library. All donations to the Buddhist Library of $2 and over are tax deductible.
Dana is the traditional practice of generosity, the extending of one’s goodwill, which is fundamental to Buddhism and other spiritual traditions. The dana you give helps to maintain the Library and allows it to offer more teachings on the Dharma so that others may benefit in the future. It is up to each person to determine the amount of dana they’d like to offer. We understand that this is a difficult time financially for many, and people will give what they can. An appropriate dana can’t be prescribed but requires sensitivity to its intent and to the individual’s own situation, as well as awareness of the cost of organising events and supporting teachers who spread the Dharma.