the Four Immeasurables ~ Buddha’s Advice to Rahula

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“Buddha taught the following to his son Rahula –

Rahula, practice loving kindness to overcome anger. Loving kindness has the capacity to bring happiness to others without demanding anything in return.

Practice compassion to overcome cruelty. Compassion has the capacity to remove the suffering of others without expecting anything in return.

Practice sympathetic joy to overcome hatred. Sympathetic joy arises when one rejoices over the happiness of others and wishes others well-being and success.

Practice non-attachment to overcome prejudice. Non-attachment is the way of looking at all things openly and equally. This is because that is. Myself and others are not separate. Do not reject one thing only to chase after another.

I call these the four immeasurables. Practice them and you will become a refreshing source of vitality and happiness for others.”

from ‘Old Path White Clouds’ by Thich Nhat Hahn, via Dakini Grrrl 

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  1. Kelsang Pawo
    Jul 31, 2012 @ 19:26:20

    Four immeasurables: Immeasurable equanimity, immeasurable love, immeasurable compassion, and immeasurable joy.
    So called because we practise them taking as our observed object all living beings, whose number is immeasurable.
    See Joyful Path of Good Fortune and Ocean of Nectar

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