Posted by: Upāsaka | 07/10/2013

Out of Love and Compassion

Today is the first day of Ramadhan and as part of my formal meditation this morning I thought it would be a good idea to reflect on the fact that I am fasting out of love and compassion for myself and specifically by undertaking the practice of nekkhama parami. This line of thinking soon brought me to the realization that all of Dhamma practice can really be considered brahma vihara practice because it is all done out the intention to lessen one’s own suffering and to find true happiness. So, whereas I have made a distinction in the past between metta and anapanasati I see now that as long as I am practicing rightly with samma sankappo I am always practicing the brahma viharas.

May we undertake all that we do out of love and compassion for ourselves!


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  1. Sadhu and thanks for nice inspiration..as buddhist monks and nuns we are doing half day fastening all the time but the struggle might often be the same..at the moment i.m in Germany for some programs; admidst lay people and a great choices of all food what we don.t have in Sri Lanka, touching the senses….its a nice Dukkha 🙂 so your blog today is a very good reminder how to see it in a way. of the Brhma Viharas..out of compassion and mercy for ourself…and i completly agree, that even we use the different terms Budddhas teaching is a holistic practise .

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