(1) loving kindness (maitrī); (2) compassion (karuṇā); (3) sympathetic joy (muditā); (4) equanimity (upekṣā).
According to the Abhidharmakośa, these meditations and contemplations are called “immeasurable” since “(a) they take an immeasurable number of sentient beings for their object; (b) they engender an immeasurable merit; (c) they produce immeasurable ripened effects”.
A well known stanza of the four immeasurables is the following:
May all sentient beings enjoy happiness and the root of happiness.
May they be free from suffering and the root of suffering.
May they not be separated from the great happiness devoid of suffering.
May they dew ell in the great equanimity free from passion, aggression, and prejudice.
The topic of the first intensive is loving kindness which is entered in meditation by reflecting: “How shall I make sentient beings (including myself) acquire happiness and the root/cause of happiness”. This Intensive will include practical step by step meditations and instructions.
Who can attend this class: All different levels of practitioners. Participants do not need to attend all four classes, although that would be preferable.
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