I'm looking for an instruction how to train the Brahmaviharas, especially Upekkha by means of meditation.
1. Can anybody tell me what methods the Buddha taught for this purpose?
So far I figured out that the similes the Buddha used to explain these mental qualities can serve as objects of reflection to cultivate these states. (see here
So basically I'd just reflect on these similes and mindstates very often to try to bring them to arise, but I don't know whether this is the method of choice. It certainly keeps the mind directed towards wholesome states and I find myself finding own similes just by being aware of the environment. However, it's not a very common object of reflection (or at least none that is talked about very often) so I wonder whether there are other ways I don't know of.
2. While metta-meditation, wishing all beings to be happy and well, extending love to all beings via mantras, is quite in vogue, meditation on karuna, mudita and Upekkha seem to be never talked about by teachers these days (neither mantra nor others). Is anyone familiar with Dhammatalks by a modern teacher who explains meditation on all the Brahmaviharas?
Thanks for any advice friends!