Concept

KARUNA, MUDITA, UPPEKKHA (Text and Supplementary Notes)

Video Broadcast : #176
January 11, 2021

Four Byamaso Taya

  • Metta
    Unbounded Love / Loving Kindness
  • Karuna
    Compassion
  • Mudita
    Altruistic Joy or Sympathetic Joy
  • Uppekkha
    Equanimity

Karuna

  • Pali term
  • Rendered as Compassion
  • One of the four Bhamaso Taya
  • Buddha is called “The Compassionate One”
  • Mahayana Buddhists emphasize the importance of Compassion
  • Sayadaw U Sobhana (GBNF) had four Indonesian siblings as his students.
    Named one of them Karuna.
    She was present at Sayadaw’s Last Journey.
  • U Moe Myint (M76) and several alumni are members of the “Karuna Ah Thinn” in Singapore.
    One activitiy is to help the needy for the Last Journey of their loved one.
  • We saw an outpouring of Karuna in the relief efforts for Disaster Recovery (e.g. Cyclone Nargis)

Practicing Karuna

  • May suffering ones be suffering-free
  • And the fear-struck fearless be
  • May the grieving shed all grief
  • And all beings find relief

Mudita

  • Pali term.
  • Rendered as Altruistic Joy or Sympathetic Joy
  • One of the four Bhamaso Taya
  • One should feel joyful when one hears good news about others.

Myanmar Mudita Sar Saung

  • Saya U Nyunt Htay (Met73) is Chief Editor
  • Contributor : Tekkatho Moe War (U Moe Aung)
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Upekkha

  • Pali term
  • Rendered as Neutral [Feeling]
  • Also translated as Equanimity
  • One of the four Bhamaso Taya

In a loose usage in Burmese, “Upekkha Shu” means “ignore”. It is not representative of the importance of Upekkha, which provides a balance of life and avoids the two extremes stated in the Dhammacakka Sutta

It is non-trivial to sense Upekkha while practicing Vipassana (Insight) Meditation.

Feelings may be be categorized as

  • Pleasant Feeling
  • Unpleasant Feeling
  • Non-Pleasant and Non-Unpleasant Feeling

Upekkha is synonymous with “Non-Pleasant and Non-Unpleasant Feeling”.

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