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Practicing the four immeasurables

Practicing the four immeasurables

Part of a series of teachings given during the Buddhism: One Teacher, Many Traditions Retreat in Jakarta, Indonesia. The retreat was organized by Ekayana Buddhist Center.

  • Why the four immeasurables are called immeasurable
  • Practicing the Dharma is hard but staying in samsara is harder
  • The four immeasurables in the Pāli tradition
    • Immeasurable love, seeing all others as lovable
    • Imeasurable compassion, seeing other living beings as overwhelmed by suffering
    • Imeasurable joy, rejoicing in the good fortune and qualities of others
    • Imeasurable equanimity, seeing others as owners of their own karma
  • What it means to take refuge
  • How to keep the five lay precepts and what constitutes a transgression

Jakarta Retreat 04: The four immeasurables (download)

Venerable Thubten Chodron

Venerable Chodron emphasizes the practical application of Buddha’s teachings in our daily lives and is especially skilled at explaining them in ways easily understood and practiced by Westerners. She is well known for her warm, humorous, and lucid teachings. She was ordained as a Buddhist nun in 1977 by Kyabje Ling Rinpoche in Dharamsala, India, and in 1986 she received bhikshuni (full) ordination in Taiwan. Read her full bio.

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