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Wisdom Talks 10 – The 4 Spiritual Emotions

In this episode of Wisdom Talks John Barter continues the collected teachings of the Buddha, with ‘The 4 Spiritual Emotions’ (Brahmavihara).  It’s a way of interfacing life, both internal and external with kindness and ‘care’ – caring and careful.

In This Episode:

  • The principles of ‘The 4 Spiritual Emotions’
    1. Loving Kindness (Metta)
    2. Compassion (Karuna)
    3. Sympathetic Joy (Mudita)
    4. Equanimity (Upekkha)
  • Engaging these 4 spiritual emotions provides four outcomes:
    1. The person using them is enhanced
    2. They benefit the people or being receiving these qualities
    3. The quality of the relationship is enhanced
    4. The world at large is enabled and enhanced
  • A template for guiding and energising the mind
  • The psycho-spiritual immune system is enhanced by these four spiritual emotions
  • The discourse on Loving-Kindness ( Karaniya Metta Sutta)
  • Using one or more of these to relate to experience
  • Having compassion for our own limitations
  • These four spiritual emotions help reduce fear, anger, pride, frustration, envy and resentment

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