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Equanimity: Learning to Care for All Sentient Beings Equally
Monday 21 November @ 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm
Equanimity is the basis for unconditional, altruistic love, compassion and joy for other’s happiness and Bodhicitta. Equanimity means to have a clear-minded tranquil state of mind – not being overpowered by delusions, mental dullness or agitation. With equanimity we do not distinguish between friend, enemy or stranger, but regard every sentient being as equal of our care.
The near enemy is indifference. It is tempting to think that just ‘not caring’ is equanimity, but that is just a form of egotism, where we only care about ourselves. A result which one needs to avoid is apathy as a result of ‘not caring’.
The opposite of equanimity is anxiety, worry, stress and paranoia caused by dividing people into ‘good’ and ‘bad’. One of the primary obstacles to genuine spiritual growth is the self-centred mind that puts one’s own challenges and desires above the struggles and needs of others. Familiarising our mind with effective antidotes to this harmful point of view is of critical importance if we are to awaken to the full potential of our innate capacity for love, compassion, and wisdom.
In this course we will examine the ways in which we tend to fall under the influence of this mistaken view of putting ourselves above all others, as well as come to understand the things we can begin to do in daily life to reverse this tendency, by developing an equal regard for all sentient beings.
In this one month series we will look at the topic through the lens of short teachings by His Holiness the Dalai Lama, Lama Zopa Rinpoche, or Lama Yeshe. Eddie will also incorporate western viewpoints, and lead us in checking with our own experience with questioning and discussion.
Presented by FPMT registered teacher:
Hosted by Thubten Norbu Ling, Santa-Fe:
This course is being hosted by our sister FPMT centre in the USA. If you are joining from overseas, please check the start time for your own time zone!
“Compassion and love are not mere luxuries. As the source both of inner and external peace, they are fundamental to the continued survival of our species.”– HH the 14th Dalai Lama