The Brahma Viharas - An Overview of the 4 Heart Qualities: A 10 Session Series
IMCC teachers are presenting a ten-part series on Tuesday nights focusing on active engagement with the Brahma Viharas.
The Brahma Viharas (a Pali phrase for “heavenly abidings”) are a prominent part of the Buddha’s teaching. These refer to four natural heart qualities which, when cultivated, enlarge and sweeten our lives. The qualities are:
Ours is a culture of violence. We are fed it daily in so many ways, blatant and subtle, that we may to some degree normalize it, even as we know it to be totally unacceptable. In this context, practicing the Brahma Viharas is a radical act, one that requires perseverance and courage. In practice, we work to express the heart qualities in our personal relationships as well as through the grit of social action.
Brahma Viharas Overview
Lovingkindness Part I, Exploration
Lovingkindness Part II, Practice Exercises
Compassion Part I, Exploration
Compassion Part II, Practice Exercises
Sympathetic Joy Part I, Exploration
Sympathetic Joy Part II, Practice Exercises
PDF of Sympathetic Joy Practice Exercise
Equanimity Part I, Exploration