Brahmavihāra Dhamma by. The Venerable Mahāsi Sayādaw of. Burma. Translated by. U Min Swe (Min Kyaw Thu). Buddha Sāsanānuggaha Organization. Brahmavihara Dhamma by Mahasi Sayadaw is an extensive instructional book from the monastaries of Bhurma. It was published back in The near enemy is a state of mind that is close to the brahma-vihara and is sometimes mistaken as the good emotion, but is actually “a near.

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Even ordinarily, if one feels pity towards the other wishing him escape from sufferings, it is a virtuous thought of karuna.

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Hence, it would be more obvious, if they are expressed in ordinary Pali usage, as metta bhavana,karuna bhavana, and upekkha bhavana. Views Read View source View history. Indeed, religious symbol and ritual makes little sense from the rational point of view;it is couched in the vernacular of the heart.

Their joy becomes your joy as you welcome less suffering and happiness of others. Karuna compassion is like an open heart that cares for everyone. So for example, we relate to friendly people with love, to those in distress with compassion, to the successful with vicarious joy and to unpleasant people with equanimity. Goleman provides references from many studies to show the importance of the emotional skills for success.

The four Brahma Viharas are considered by Buddhism to be the four highest emotions. It is the ability to be happy when you see others happy. Then also, in the Abhidhamma desanathe Brahmavihara Dhamma has been explained as appamanna, the term that is derived from the word “infinite” or “boundless”. They are the meditative states, thoughts, and actions to be cultivated in Buddhist meditation.

The far enemy is virtually the opposite of the brahma-vihara and is completely off the mark for the emotion that is strived for. Out of these four meanings translated into English, only the meaning of the word ‘compassion’ is clear and precise without mingling with any other sense or terminology.


InDaniel Goleman, published the best-seller, Emotional Intelligence. They can be understood from several different perspectives — as four related but separate qualities or perhaps better, as four different ways the spiritually mature person relates to others according to their situation.

This word, if properly pronounced in Pali should be recited as “Birahma”.

By practicing and developing the divine emotions, we will have dahmma peaceful and patient daily life practice. In this book he showed that more than intellectual intelligence, such as I. The Four Divine Emotions are known in Pali as the Brahma-viharas and are also known as the divine abidings or brahmzvihara divine abodes. Privacy policy About Dhamma Wiki Disclaimers. Mudita joy with otherssometimes is called sympathetic joy or appreciative joy.

Those who further cultivate equanimity, may reach insightful states and wisdom of enlightenment experiences.

This page was last edited on 19 Septemberat It is the middle way state of mind that is neither clinging nor pushing away. These are the four kinds of Brahmavihara. Emotional intelligence refers to getting along with others, knowing how and when to act, not letting things bother you, and success features, such as persistence, determination, and deferred gratification. Analytical statement of the meaning of metta. They are emotional states to be strived for.

Metta bhavana means nothing but to develop one’s mind with loving-kindness towards others.

The term “love” may convey the sense of clinging or attachment with raga, human passionate desires. Analytical statement of dgamma meaning of metta Of the four kinds of Brahmavihara Dhamma, metta means love, karuna means compassion, mudita means happiness or joy, upekkha means equanimity.

Listen to this human-read article http: This is shown in this table:. So we shall use the Pali language, which is more comprehensively clear to delivering this teaching. Hence, ” Brahmavihara ” purports the meaning of “Noble Living”, or rather, “Living in the exercise of goodwill. Navigation menu Personal tools Log in. It has been so named as appamanna because when developing metta, loving-kindness, it could be done with unlimited or perfect exercise of the qualities of friendliness – metta etc.


Title- Brahmavihara Dhamma By Venerable Mahasi Sayadaw E-book

It is not a hard, romantic type of love and not a love that includes extreme attachment or controlling feelings. As such, if the meanings of the terms: Upekkha equanimity is the balanced state of mind. The result will be a very nice and good person, free from hate and ill-will.

In Burmese, it is to be represented and recited carrying a vocal sound as “Brahma”. Regarding the term upekkha, it is a feeling of indifference or equanimity with no interest or worry in another’s happiness, state or condition brahmaavihara having a neutral sensation – thinking that these things have inevitably happened according to kamma, the consequential effects of good or bad merits.

Brahmaviara page has been accessedtimes. When a thought occurs wishing prosperity and happiness to others, it is but a virtuous thought. In the phrase brahmaviara group of words – “Brahmavihara”, the word “Brahma” means “Noble”.

Brahmavihara Dhamma

The expression “Brahmavihara”, if analysed, will include metta, friendliness or loving-kindness, karuna, compassion, mudita, goodwill or rejoicing with others in their happiness or prosperity, and upekkha, equanimity or indifference to pain and pleasure.

It has however been mentioned in Mahagovinda Brahmzvihara as “Brahmacariya. The word “Vihara” conveys the meaning of “Dwelling”, or “Abiding”, or “Living”.

They are the positive emotions and states that are productive and helpful to anyone of any religion or even to the one with no religion. What is meant by karuna bhavana is to develop compassionate feeling towards other beings.

Today is the Full Moon day of Waso, B. Each of the four brahma-viharas has what is called a near enemy and a far enemy. Retrieved from ” https: This can therefore be also called Brahmacara Dhamma from now onwards.

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