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Upasaka Sumana
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Brahmaviharas

Postby Upasaka Sumana » Fri Feb 26, 2010 1:30 pm

I remember reading a long time ago that cultivating the four brahmaviharas leads to eons in heaven. I tried to find the sutta but couldn't.

The point is, loving-kindness led to the least eons in heaven, compassion to more eons, sympathetic joy to even more, and equanimity to still more.

So, does this mean that equanimity is considered the best brahmavihara, and the others less beneficial?
Do not think lightly of evil, saying, "It will not come to me." A drop at a time is the water pot filled. Likewise, the fool, gathering it little by little, fills himself with evil.
Do not think lightly of good, saying, "It will not come to me." A drop at a time is the water pot filled. Likewise, the wise man, gathering it little by little, fills himself with good.

—Gotama Buddha, Dhammapada 121-122

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Re: Brahmaviharas

Postby jcsuperstar » Fri Feb 26, 2010 7:01 pm

i think it's sorta like the jhanas there are different levels one progresses up in to
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the mountain may be heavy in and of itself, but if you're not trying to carry it it's not heavy to you- Ajaan Suwat


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