Tuesday, September 28, 2010

The Four Limitless Ones

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:

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.
She goes on to say:
"... 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.

1 comment:

  1. 1) love your pic of buddha with an iPad 2) love the double rainbow at Gampo Abbey 3) love that you posted on the Four Limitless Ones -- just attended a Shambhala talk on that last night and of course, just love Pema Chodron. I'm going to link to this in a Facebook note and/or blog pos so others can see Pema's comments. Thank you.