EQUANIMITY – The Drinking Gourd Podcast

Posted on Mar 23, 2013 in Audio & Video, Everything Practice, Featured, Notes from Practice, The Drinking Gourd Podcast, Weekly Words | 0 comments

EQUANIMITY – The Drinking Gourd Podcast

On march 21st 2013, we listened to a wonderful Podcast together on the subject of EQUANIMITY.

In this Recording, Jay Rinsen Chikyo Weik gives a talk and leads discussion at the Toledo Zen Center on June 11, 2008 on the subject of EQUANIMITY.

Equanimity or Upekkha (in Pali) is a mind in balance, free of discrimination, above distinction, and rooted in insight. This balance is not indifference, but active mindfulness. Because it is rooted in insight of anatta (not-self), it is not unbalanced by the passions of attraction and aversion and is free of the extremes of joy or sorrow. (Alternate spellings: Upeksha (Sanskrit), Upeksa)

Together with metta (loving kindness), karuna (compassion) and mudita (sympathetic joy), upekkha is one of the Four Divine States or Four Immeasurables which in many Buddhist traditions are cultivated through meditation. These four states inter-relate and support each other.

Equanimity or “upekkha” is said to provide immunity from the “Eight Worldly Winds”:
Praise and blame – success and failure – pleasure and pain – fame and disrepute.

“Develop meditation that is like the earth, for when you develop meditation that is like the earth, agreeable and disagreeable contexts will not invade your mind and remain. Just as people throw clean things and dirty things, excrement, urine, spittle, pus and blood on the earth, and the earth is not horrified, humiliated or disgusted because of that.”
–Shakyamuni Buddha

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