Monday, October 10, 2011

Four Friends

Bodhicitta, awakening heart and mind
Disgusted with suffering and illusion, determined to be free, taking refuge in compassion and awareness for the sake of all beings.

Shamatha, calm abiding
Vivid stable attention, abiding in whatever arises without distraction or reaction. Vivid and serene, lucid and unbound.

Vipashyana, clear seeing
Looking deeply to know the true nature of experience, self, and world. Seeing, but not with eyes. Knowing, but not with conceptual mind.

Upaya, skillful means
Compassionate creative responses that free oneself and others from struggle and suffering.

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