Upekkha (Equanimity) by Bodhipaksa
- "The third dimension of experience that our metta can combine with is insight into the conditioned nature of both joy and suffering. When we empathetically sense the joys and suffering of others, and also see clearly how those joys and sufferings arise on the basis of those people's actions, then there is a sense of upekkha.
Upekkha is usually translated as "equanimity" and that's likely to be as close as we can get in the English language to describing what upekkha is. Upekkha certainly isn't a sense of indifference, and it certainly isn't a sense of "I told you so". If you experience these kinds of attitudes then it means that your metta has slipped and been replaced by something more judgmental and much less positive. In fact upekkha is the opposite of those attitudes.
Equanimity, in this sense, means that your metta is quite unshakable despite an awareness of how all beings bring about, in large part, their own joys and sufferings. Equanimity is a calm, loving awareness of the way that both joy and suffering flow from our own actions. It's a deep penetration into karma, or the way that we construct - for good or ill - our own experience through the actions we make."
From "Dimensions of Metta" by Bodhipaksa
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With metta / Antony.