what is limited equanimity?

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what is limited equanimity?

Postby Wizard in the Forest » Sun Jan 16, 2011 8:30 am

http://www.accesstoinsight.org/lib/auth ... imits.html

The above linked article describes limited equanimity, and I have not heard of this before, so I would like to know where in the suttas is limited equanimity described, and how would you describe it?
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Re: what is limited equanimity?

Postby marcussorno » Sun Jan 16, 2011 8:33 am

I am certainly no expert on the suttas but I used Google Saffron and found this...
http://www.dhammawheel.com/viewtopic.php?f=24&t=2863&start=0#p41062

Hope this helps.
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*edited "Oops. I over looked the 'limited' aspect of your comment. Please disregard."
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Re: what is limited equanimity?

Postby Wizard in the Forest » Sun Jan 16, 2011 9:01 am

The descriptions of equanimity are always appreciated, but I have no idea where this concept arises from, I mean specifically limited equanimity. Any ideas what that might mean in the context of the article, and where I might find it in the suttas?
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Re: what is limited equanimity?

Postby Ben » Sun Jan 16, 2011 11:54 am

I suspect 'limited equanimity' is perhaps Bhante's way of differentiating the equanimity that one develops in vipassana practice, where one continuously remains aware of the rise and fall of phenomena as opposed to the equanimity one develops in samatha practice which, as with all of the brahmaviharas, becomes infinite and boundless.
Learn this from the waters:
in mountain clefts and chasms,
loud gush the streamlets,
but great rivers flow silently.

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sobbhesu padaresu ca,
saṇantā yanti kusobbhā,
tuṇhīyanti mahodadhī.

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Re: what is limited equanimity?

Postby ground » Sun Jan 16, 2011 2:41 pm

Wizard in the Forest wrote:http://www.accesstoinsight.org/lib/authors/thanissaro/pushinglimits.html

The above linked article describes limited equanimity, and I have not heard of this before, so I would like to know where in the suttas is limited equanimity described, and how would you describe it?


Thanissaro Bhikkhu is clearly referring to an equanimity that is associated with a lack of right effort ("equanimity of a cow").

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