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Upekkha (equanimity)

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  • Sharon
    Upekkha (equanimity) Upekkha, the last of the four sublime attitudes, is equanimity. Upekkha establishes an even or balanced mind in an unbalanced world with
    Message 1 of 1 , Sep 23, 2003
      Upekkha (equanimity)

      "Upekkha, the last of the four sublime attitudes, is equanimity.
      Upekkha establishes an even or balanced mind in an unbalanced world
      with fluctuating fortunes and circumstances: gain and loss, fame and
      ill-repute, praise and blame, pleasure and pain. Upekkha also looks
      upon all beings impartially, as heirs to the results of their own
      actions, without attachment or aversion. Upekkha is the serene
      neutrality of the one who knows.

      "The constant, methodical, and deliberate cultivation of these
      sublime virtues in everyday life transforms the attitudes and outlook
      of the practitioner. They should be the foundation of all Buddhist
      social action, as well as of individual and collective peace and
      harmony. Buddhist social welfare work may take many forms, but what
      is most essential is the spirit in which it is performed. This spirit
      should be marked by the subordination of the private good to the good
      of the whole. For Buddhist social work to be of real value, action
      should spring from genuine love, sympathy, and understanding for
      one's fellow humans, guided by knowledge and training. Welfare work
      should be the perfect expression of compassion, untouched by
      condescension, washed clean of pride -- even of the pride of doing
      good. It should be a sheer manifestation of the brotherhood of all
      human beings."

      "The four sublime attitudes should be diligently cultivated with
      unremitting effort by every true follower of the Master. These
      qualities never become obsolete. They convey a universal message
      which transforms us into universal human beings."

      Robert Bogodo,"A Simple Guide to Life"
      Buddhist Publication Society

      The Wheel Publication No. 397/398
      ISBN 955-24-0125-9


      May this be of benefit.
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