“The immesurables” from the Buddha’s teachings

[The Buddha] used to make monks and laypeople alike practice a certain discipline called the “immeasurables,” because it made you bigger. You sat and you sent out waves of benevolence and good wishes to the whole world, not excluding anyone from your radius of benevolence. It’s a radius. You have to start off when you’re totally thinking soupy, wonderful things about people far off in other continents, for example, and if you’re not getting on with your colleagues or your ex-wife or various other difficulties, you’ve got to think well of them. As you do so, the Buddha said, as you move out and beyond, you will find an enlargement, a transcendence. They will find that they were imbued with abundant, exalted, measureless loving kindness. And they will for a moment experience an ecstasy that takes them out of themselves above, below, around, and everywhere.

Karen Armstrong

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  1. This is so profound and beautiful, Amira never knew this side of Buddha and would love to send love and kindness to one and all across the globe. Actually we are all missing such spiritual masters in our lives who we could just sit and imbibe their full knowledge of who we really are and be content in our simplicity. Superb picture and post.

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    1. So true dear Kamal! I agree with you completely.
      Their teachings are however, timeless, and have brought immense light to humanity to guide us in the path of love. ❤

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      1. Yes completely, Amira. Let us all take their hand and move towards the path of love and light 💕💕💕💕

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  2. Compassion ..the practical one

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    1. So true, such a good virtue to cultivate, compassion can change how we perceive everything and everyone… 🙂

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  3. LindaP says:

    Wonderful concept!

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    1. Thank you so much Linda! ❤

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