Venerable Canda looks at the quality of Equanimity (upekkha) on this final evening talk of the retreat. Closely related to wisdom and contentment, equanimity allows for space around a response and it includes forgiveness and patience. It allows for being where you are right now without being pulled into the past or future. Venerable also discusses 5 ways that equanimity can be used towards anger as elaborated on in AN 5.161. Equanimity also means we are not swayed by the ‘Four Worldly Winds’. With anecdotes and references to the suttas, Venerable points to that fourth Brahmavihara, the aspect of mettā that responds when sometimes there is nothing more you can do. It is like an equipoise and stability of mind that can contain it all and stay serene. Followed by a guided meditation and longer Q&A.
This teaching is part of a special 8-day online retreat called “Why We Suffer & How We Get Free,” given by Ajahn Brahmali and Ven Canda in support of Anukampa Bhikkhuni Project. The teachings explore two of the Buddha’s famous causal sequences, Dependent Origination and Dependent Liberation, which together reveal the entire course of human experience, through this world and beyond to Nibbana.
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