At the three-month winter retreat (called a Yarne) at Gampo Abbey in Nova Scotia, Pema Chodron will be teaching on "The Four Limitless Ones." She describes the four qualities this way:
She goes on to say:
May all beings enjoy happiness and the root of happiness.
This first line refers to maitri or loving-kindness.
May we be free from suffering and the root of suffering.
And this second line refers to compassion.
May we never be separated from the great happiness devoid of suffering.
This refers to joy.
May we dwell in the great equanimity, free from passion, aggression and prejudice.
This refers to equanimity.
"... each of us has these qualities already, but possibly in a rather limited amount. They're called The Limitless Ones based on the premise that we start with the amount we have, no matter how limited it is, and we begin to nurture what we have, and then it will expand by itself until it's actually limitless, beyond limits."
I found this online from a talk Pema Chodron gave in Berkley. You can read more here. And if you are curious about what a Yarne is, or how it works, or you want to find out more about Gampo Abbey you can click here.