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A guided meditation by Ven. Ayya Khema

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  • Sharon
    Loving-Kindness Meditation Four Brahma Viharas A guided meditation by Ven. Ayya Khema Think of the four brahma viharas, the four supreme emotions, loving-
    Message 1 of 2 , Aug 1, 2003
      Loving-Kindness Meditation
      Four Brahma Viharas


      A guided meditation by Ven. Ayya Khema

      Think of the four brahma viharas, the four supreme emotions, loving-
      kindness, compassion, sympathetic joy (joy with others), and
      equanimity. And see them, as the Buddha explained them, as the only
      emotions worth having. Nothing else has any real place in our hearts.
      And think your heart as yearning to be filled with love and
      compassion, with joy with others, and equanimity. See your heart as
      yearning for that and then fill it with those emotions. The warmth of
      love. The care of compassion. The generosity of joy with others. And
      the peacefulness of equanimity. Fill your heart to the brim.

      And now spread the love and compassion, and the joy with others, and
      the equanimity through this room. So that there is the warmth and the
      care, the generosity and the peacefulness of it all through this
      room, so that everyone can partake of it.

      And now let these four emotions, with their warmth and their caring,
      their generosity and their peacefulness emanate from your heart and
      reach out to the people who are close to you, so that they can have
      part of it, without expecting that you can get the same back.

      Now let all your friends partake of the beautiful emanation from your
      heart. Loving and compassionate. Caring and peaceful.

      Now reach out to other people you know. Neighbors. People you might
      work with. Those you meet in everyday life. Let the heart full of
      loving-kindness and compassion reach out to all these people that you
      can think of.

      Now think anyone towards whom you have some negative feeling in your
      ordinary life, and don't change your heart now. Allow it to retain
      love and compassion, joy with others, and equanimity and let those
      same emotions reach out to that difficult person.

      Now feel your heart emanating the beautiful rays of love and
      compassion, the warmth and the caring, the giving and peacefulness
      and let these rays go out into the world and touch peoples hearts
      near and far. Think of people around here and then go further a
      field. Letting these beautiful rays and emanations from your heart go
      to as many hearts as you can find.

      And put your attention back on yourself and feel the warmth of loving-
      kindness and the peacefulness of giving permeate you, fill you and
      surround you. The warmth in the heart brings joy and the peacefulness
      that surrounds you brings a feeling of security.

      May beings everywhere love each other.

      ******************************


      May this be of benefit.
    • Antony Woods
      Think of the four brahma viharas, the four supreme emotions, loving- kindness, compassion, sympathetic joy (joy with others), and equanimity. And see them, as
      Message 2 of 2 , Apr 30, 2006
        "Think of the four brahma viharas, the four supreme emotions, loving-
        kindness, compassion, sympathetic joy (joy with others), and
        equanimity. And see them, as the Buddha explained them, as the only
        emotions worth having. Nothing else has any real place in our hearts.
        And think your heart as yearning to be filled with love and
        compassion, with joy with others, and equanimity. See your heart as
        yearning for that and then fill it with those emotions. The warmth of
        love. The care of compassion. The generosity of joy with others. And
        the peacefulness of equanimity. Fill your heart to the brim.

        And now spread the love and compassion, and the joy with others, and
        the equanimity through this room. So that there is the warmth and the
        care, the generosity and the peacefulness of it all through this
        room, so that everyone can partake of it.

        And now let these four emotions, with their warmth and their caring,
        their generosity and their peacefulness emanate from your heart and
        reach out to the people who are close to you, so that they can have
        part of it, without expecting that you can get the same back.

        Now let all your friends partake of the beautiful emanation from your
        heart. Loving and compassionate. Caring and peaceful.

        Now reach out to other people you know. Neighbors. People you might
        work with. Those you meet in everyday life. Let the heart full of
        loving-kindness and compassion reach out to all these people that you
        can think of.

        Now think anyone towards whom you have some negative feeling in your
        ordinary life, and don't change your heart now. Allow it to retain
        love and compassion, joy with others, and equanimity and let those
        same emotions reach out to that difficult person.

        Now feel your heart emanating the beautiful rays of love and
        compassion, the warmth and the caring, the giving and peacefulness
        and let these rays go out into the world and touch peoples hearts
        near and far. Think of people around here and then go further afield.
        Letting these beautiful rays and emanations from your heart go to as
        many hearts as you can find.

        And put your attention back on yourself and feel the warmth of loving-
        kindness and the peacefulness of giving permeate you, fill you and
        surround you. The warmth in the heart brings joy and the peacefulness
        that surrounds you brings a feeling of security.

        May beings everywhere love each other."
        http://home.alamedanet.net/~leighb/4bvs.htm
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