The Brahmaviharas are four Buddhist virtues and the meditation practices that can be used to cultivate them. They are also known as the Four Immeasurables. We all have the potential to abide in friendliness, compassion, appreciative joy and equanimity. All of these capacities are said to be of the “heart” because they are deeper and more stable than thoughts about loving. They are deep when not entangled in the shallowness of selfishness, and when not compromised by fear, aversion and craving.
In this workshop we will look at the Brahmaviharas and why they are so important. We will practice the meditations, sitting and walking, that can especially develop each of these qualities.
About Bhikkhuni Vimala: Bhikkhuni Vimala is a kind, thoughtful friend and teacher of the Dhamma. She is an active member of the Blue Lotus Buddhist Temple monastic team in Woodstock, Illinois (http://www.bluelotustemple.org/). Her style of teaching is clear and easy to understand.
Her professional background has included working as a teacher, journalist, and book editor. She has a Master’s Degree in public administration from the University of Southern California and a Bachelor of Science degree in education from the University of Texas in Austin. Bhikkhuni Vimala was raised in Texas, spent many years in California, taught English in Japan for three years, and then moved to Wisconsin where she had her family, found her teacher and the Blue Lotus Sangha.
Her spiritual past has been eclectic, but each experience on her path has been integral to who she is today and how she relates to the Dhamma. She was raised in a fundamentalist Christian church but left her faith when she went away to college. For several years, she explored different spiritual teachings and lived the 12-Step Program.