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Holiday Practice News

Dear Dhamma Friends,

The Eno River Buddhist Community will not be holding our weekly Monday evening session this coming Monday, December 25th. We will return as usual the following Monday, January 1, to begin the new year in practice together. All are welcome.

Below you will find an adaptation of a sutta from the Numerical Discourses of the Buddha. You may wish to try reading it aloud alone or with friends as a form of practice.

Good wishes,

Callie Justice
For the ERBC Program Committee

A Recitation of the Four Divine Abodes

To cultivate good will –
keep pervading the first direction—as well as the second direction, the third, & the fourth—with an awareness imbued with good will. Keep pervading above, below, & all around, everywhere & in every respect the all-encompassing cosmos with an awareness imbued with good will: abundant, expansive, immeasurable, free from hostility, free from ill will. Savor that, long for that, find satisfaction through that. Staying there—fixed on that, dwell there often, not falling away from that.

To cultivate compassion –
keep pervading the first direction—as well as the second direction, the third, & the fourth—with an awareness imbued with compassion. Keep pervading above, below, & all around, everywhere & in every respect the all-encompassing cosmos with an awareness imbued with compassion: abundant, expansive, immeasurable, free from hostility, free from ill will. Savor that, long for that, find satisfaction through that. Staying there—fixed on that, dwell there often, not falling away from that.

To cultivate sympathetic joy –
keep pervading the first direction—as well as the second direction, the third, & the fourth—with an awareness imbued with sympathetic joy. Keep pervading above, below, & all around, everywhere & in every respect the all-encompassing cosmos with an awareness imbued with sympathetic joy: abundant, expansive, immeasurable, free from hostility, free from ill will. Savor that, long for that, find satisfaction through that. Staying there—fixed on that, dwell there often, not falling away from that.

To cultivate equanimity –
keep pervading the first direction—as well as the second direction, the third, & the fourth—with an awareness imbued with equanimity. Keep pervading above, below, & all around, everywhere & in every respect the all-encompassing cosmos with an awareness imbued with equanimity: abundant, expansive, immeasurable, free from hostility, free from ill will. Savor that, long for that, find satisfaction through that. Staying there—fixed on that, dwell there often, not falling away from that.

Adapted from Anguttara Nikaya 4:125; Thanissaro Bhikkhu, trans., Handful of Leaves: An Anthology from the Sutta Piṭaka, rev. ed., Valley Center, CA: Metta Forest Monastery, 2015, pp. 1153-54.

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