The four Brahmaviharas (‘divine abodes’) are explicitly described by the Buddha to be important supports to awakening as well as powerful states in their own right.
In spite of their importance, they tend to get much less attention in the west than do various insight-based practices.
These four sessions aim to provide an introduction to these qualities of heart: what they are, what they are not, how they interrelate, and how they fit into the teaching as a whole.
Suited for both beginners and experienced meditators.
During the period of four weeks you will get access to the four theme pages. With each theme page you will dive into a new Brahmavihara. Each theme page contains a pre-recorded teaching, many supporting sutta’s as study material and the possibility to share your thoughts, questions and experiences.
What to expect
After activation you get weekly access to a new extensive theme page.
With each theme page you will dive into a new Brahmavihara.
With each theme page you will dive into a new Brahmavihara with a pre-recorded video teaching by Ayya Virañani:
- Week 1: General context & Metta (loving-kindness)
- Week 2: Karuna (compassion)
- Week 3: Mudita (empathetic joy, gladness)
- Week 4: Upekkha (equanimity)
Recording quality: The local recording conditions (in Myanmar) where not ideal, but we have been able to achieve a video and audio quality that is expected to be sufficient for almost everyone. Please watch this video message by Ayya Virañani.
You will get access to extensive study material: a wide range of supporting suttas, quotes and readings related to each Brahmavihara.
Worth noting: Although this course is in English ??, many suttas are provided with Dutch ?? translation as well.
Connect with like-minded people from around the world and share your questions, experiences, thoughts and insights.
You can review all components during and after the (4 weeks) course period.
With a Courses/ Cursussen account you will have access for 3 months – With a membership/ Lidmaatschap account you will have unlimited access.