This eight-week course explores two of the four divine abodes. These are the beautiful boundless emotions described by the Buddha. We will take them up both as a meditative training and a daily life reflection used to transform the weight and inertia of our afflictive states of mind.
For this course, participants are encouraged to purchase Sharon Salzberg’s book, Lovingkindness: The Revolutionary Art of Happiness.
- The Secrets of Pronoia, Rob Brezsny
- The Four Sublime States: Contemplations on Love, Compassion, Sympathetic Joy and Equanimity, Nyanaponika Thera
- Systematic cultivation of Mudita, from the Sankha Sutta: The Conch Trumpet, Tr. Thanissaro Bhikkhu
- Mudita: The Buddha’s Teaching on Unselfish Joy, Four essays by Nyanaponika Thera, Natasha Jackson, C.F. Knight, and L.R. Oates
- Mudita: Guided Meditation, Guy Armstrong
- Mudita as a factor leading to liberation, from the Nissaraniya Sutta: Means of Escape, tr. Thanissaro Bikkhu
- Mudita, From: “The Heart Awakened – Three Essays”, by Eileen Siriwardhana. Bodhi Leaves No. 93. Buddhist Publication Society. Kandy, Sri Lanka
- Head & Heart Together Bringing Wisdom to the Brahma-viharas, Thanissaro Bhikkhu
- Happiness is Possible, Sally Clough Armstrong
- Happiness, Jane Kenyon
- Going Down a Hill on a Bicycle, Henry Beeching
- Compassion Curriculum, An interview with GESHE THUPTEN JINPA from Inquiring Mind
- Afternoon on a Hill, Edna St. Vincent Millay