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4 Qualities of Love by Ven Pannyavaro

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  • Antony Woods
    Loving-kindness is the first of a series of meditations that produce four qualities of love: Friendliness (metta), Compassion (karuna), Appreciative Joy
    Message 1 of 4 , Nov 1, 2006
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      "Loving-kindness is the first of a series of meditations that produce
      four qualities of love:
      Friendliness (metta),
      Compassion (karuna),
      Appreciative Joy (mudita)
      and Equanimity (upekkha).
      The quality of 'friendliness' is expressed as warmth that reaches out
      and embraces others.
      When loving-kindness practice matures it naturally overflows into
      compassion, as one empathises with other people's difficulties;
      on the other hand one needs to be wary of pity, as its near enemy, as
      it merely mimics the quality of concern without empathy.
      The positive expression of empathy is an appreciation of other
      people's good qualities or good fortune, or appreciative joy, rather
      than feelings of jealousy towards them.
      This series of meditations comes to maturity as 'on-looking
      equanimity'. This 'engaged equanimity' must be cultivated within the
      context of this series of meditations, or there is a risk of it
      manifesting as its near enemy, indifference or aloofness. So,
      ultimately you remain kindly disposed and caring toward everybody
      with an equal spread of loving feelings and acceptance in all
      situations and relationships."
      http://www.buddhanet.net/metta_in.htm
      From: An Overview of Loving-kindness Meditation by Ven Pannyavaro
    • Antony Woods
      Loving-kindness is the first of a series of meditations that produce four qualities of love: Friendliness (metta), Compassion (karuna), Appreciative Joy
      Message 2 of 4 , Jul 3, 2009
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        "Loving-kindness is the first
        of a series of meditations
        that produce four qualities of love:
        Friendliness (metta),
        Compassion (karuna),
        Appreciative Joy (mudita)
        and Equanimity (upekkha).
        The quality of 'friendliness'
        is expressed as warmth
        that reaches out
        and embraces others.
        When loving-kindness practice matures
        it naturally overflows into compassion,
        as one empathises with other people's difficulties;
        on the other hand one needs to be wary of pity,
        as its near enemy,
        as it merely mimics the quality of concern without empathy.
        The positive expression of empathy
        is an appreciation of other people's good qualities
        or good fortune, or appreciative joy,
        rather than feelings of jealousy towards them.
        This series of meditations comes to maturity
        as 'on-looking equanimity'.
        This 'engaged equanimity'
        must be cultivated within the context
        of this series of meditations,
        or there is a risk of it manifesting as its near enemy,
        indifference or aloofness.
        So, ultimately you remain kindly disposed
        and caring toward everybody
        with an equal spread of loving feelings and acceptance
        in all situations and relationships."
        http://www.buddhanet.net/metta_in.htm
        From: An Overview of Loving-kindness Meditation by Ven Pannyavaro

        With metta / Antony :)
      • antony272b2
        Loving-kindness is the first of a series of meditations that produce four qualities of love: Friendliness (metta), Compassion (karuna), Appreciative Joy
        Message 3 of 4 , Feb 20, 2011
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          "Loving-kindness is the first of a series of meditations that produce four qualities of love: Friendliness (metta), Compassion (karuna), Appreciative Joy (mudita) and Equanimity (upekkha). The quality of 'friendliness' is expressed as warmth that reaches out and embraces others. When loving-kindness practice matures it naturally overflows into compassion, as one empathises with other people's difficulties; on the other hand one needs to be wary of pity, as its near enemy, as it merely mimics the quality of concern without empathy. The positive expression of empathy is an appreciation of other people's good qualities or good fortune, or appreciative joy, rather than feelings of jealousy towards them. This series of meditations comes to maturity as 'on-looking equanimity'. This 'engaged equanimity' must be cultivated within the context of this series of meditations, or there is a risk of it manifesting as its near enemy, indifference or aloofness. So, ultimately you remain kindly disposed and caring toward everybody with an equal spread of loving feelings and acceptance in all situations and relationships."
          http://www.buddhanet.net/metta_in.htm
          From: An Overview of Loving-kindness Meditation by Ven Pannyavaro

          With metta / Antony :)
        • antony272b2
          Loving-kindness is the first of a series of meditations that produce four qualities of love: Friendliness (metta), Compassion (karuna), Appreciative Joy
          Message 4 of 4 , Oct 1, 2012
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            "Loving-kindness is the first of a series of meditations that produce four qualities of love: Friendliness (metta), Compassion (karuna), Appreciative Joy (mudita) and Equanimity (upekkha).

            The quality of 'friendliness' is expressed as warmth that reaches out and embraces others.

            When loving-kindness practice matures it naturally overflows into compassion, as one empathises with other people's difficulties; on the other hand one needs to be wary of pity, as its near enemy, as it merely mimics the quality of concern without empathy.

            The positive expression of empathy is an appreciation of other people's good qualities or good fortune, or appreciative joy, rather than feelings of jealousy towards them.

            This series of meditations comes to maturity as 'on-looking equanimity'. This 'engaged equanimity' must be cultivated within the context of this series of meditations, or there is a risk of it manifesting as its near enemy, indifference or aloofness. So, ultimately you remain kindly disposed and caring toward everybody with an equal spread of loving feelings and acceptance in all situations and relationships."
            http://www.buddhanet.net/metta_in.htm
            From: An Overview of Loving-kindness Meditation by Ven Pannyavaro

            With metta / Antony.
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