Four Immeasurables

  • In the Spirit of Service Paid Member

    Over the past few years, as despair across the globe seems to deepen, many have told me that these troubling times have, ironically enough, inspired them to discover newfound reservoirs of goodwill. Moving forward in times of great difficulty, after all, calls for drawing on one’s buried resources. Perhaps adversity reminds us to pay attention to the immediacy of love or the necessity of living a meaningful life. When we meditate or reflect on what in Pali are called the four brahmaviharas (boundless states) of lovingkindness, compassion, sympathetic joy, and equanimity, we can get back in touch with the depths of wisdom and love within each of us. We can choose to pursue these not only for our own sake, but also for the benefit of those in more desperate circumstances than our own. More »
  • How Does One Become a Buddhist? Paid Member

    Refuge [ref-yooj]–noun1. shelter or protection from danger, trouble, etc.: to take refuge from a storm.2. anything to which one has recourse for aid, relief, or escape. In the beginning of the Week 3 talk of their ongoing Tricycle Retreat, "Letting Go," Pamela Gayle White and Khedrub Zangmo discuss "Taking Refuge." Taking Refuge, which usually takes place in a lay or monastic ordination ceremony, is how one officially "becomes a Buddhist." What exactly is it that Buddhists take refuge in? The Three Jewels—The Buddha, The Dharma, and the Sangha. Pemela and Khedrub explain, More »