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The Buddhist Roots of Compassion 2018

Lectures from the Buddhist Rooms of Compassion Retreat, August 2018

In August 2018, Mindfulness Northwest director and leader teacher Tim Burnett co-led a 5-day silent mindfulness retreat with co-teacher Oori Silberstein. Tim and Oori and gave daily talks exploring the early Buddhist teachings of Brahmaviraha - the four "Divine Abodes" for practice.

The primary text for the lectures was:
  • Buddhaghosa's 5th century treatise The Visuddhimagga (Path of Purification) - which you can download here
    (we focussed on chapter IX which starts on page 291 from the page numbers in the document)
The poetry we shared can be read here: Brahmavihara Poetry

The Four Brahma Viharas

 English Pali Far Enemy Near Enemy
 Loving-Kindness metta hatred desire
 Compassion karuna cruelty pity
 Empathetic Joy mudita jealousy enthusiasm
(about material success)
 Equanimity upekkha greed / resentment apathy

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