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The four immeasurables in the Pali and Sanskrit traditions

A talk given at the Poh Ming Tse Temple in Singapore with Bhante Dhammaratana, a Theravadin monk, at the Singapore book launch for Buddhism: One Teacher Many Traditions.

  • The four immeasurables or four brahmavihāras in the Pali Tradition
    • Love or metta
    • Compassion or karuna
    • Joy or mudita
    • Equanimity or upekkha
  • The origins and purpose of the book
  • The two traditions come closely together in how they teach the four
  • Why the four immeasurables are presented in two different sequences
  • The importance of equanimity
  • Equanimity helps us avoid being an emotional yo-yo
  • Equanimity and wisdom
  • Questions and answers

Four immeasurables in the Pali and Sanskrit traditions (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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