- 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
"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
May this be of benefit.