Practicing the Four Immeasurable Qualities A Universal Buddhist Practice for Awakening the Heart

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Alexis Weiss


Originating in pre-Buddhist times and present in the teachings of several yogic traditions of India, the cultivation of the four immeasurable qualities (Brahmavihara or Apramana) is taught as essential across Buddhist traditions. These qualities—loving-kindness, compassion, appreciative/sympathetic joy, and equanimity—are practiced as heart meditations, companions to mindfulness and insight. While the practices associated are from the Buddhist tradition, they are universally welcoming to people of all faiths or of none, to cultivate an awakened heart in service to others.

This Worship service follows the format of a traditional dharma talk, followed by guided meditation instructions.

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