brahmaviharas

Pārami Upapārami Paramatthapārami

Sampanno iti pi so bhagavā dānapārami
sampanno dānaupapārami
sampanno dānaparamatthapārami
sampanno dānaparamatthapārami
sampanno mettā maitrī karuṇā muditā upekkhā pārami

repeat for

sīla
nekkhamma
paññā
viriya
khanti
sacca
adhiṭṭhāna
mettā
upekkhā
tathā
sampanno iti pi so bhagavā
buddhaṃ saraṇaṃ gacchāmi

While chanting the 'pāramī' chant I began to understand them as a process, one in which the pāramī are all connected to support each other.

To be happy and free from suffering?

'Loving kindness', 'compassion', 'joy in the joy of others' and 'equanimity' are sometimes described as the brahmaviharas, literally, "living as gods do". The development of these ways of being is an important, beneficial part of the Samatha tradition. A question that has been posed to Samatha meditators in recent years is: "Do you prefer to seek happiness or to avoid suffering?"

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