The Brahmaviharas are the primary heart teaching within Buddhism and are intimately connected with our basic human desires for happiness and ease.The four qualities that make up these divine abodes of our hearts, when translated, are lovingkindness, compassion, sympathetic joy, and equanimity. The beauty of these qualities is that at the core, they are simply attitudes we each embody naturally in daily living.
Though these emotions, attitudes, or qualities of the heart come naturally and are a part of each of us, they are also all too often covered over when our hearts begin to shut down in moments of fear, anger, sadness, and other experiences of suffering. We have all learned how to effectively hide ourselves, close off our hearts, and shield from the potential hurt of rejection, loss, disconnection, and misunderstanding. Though this was likely an unconscious process of self-protection, the teachings of the brahmaviharas suggests that by re-learning to open our hearts we find our truest and most lasting experience of love and peace. By working with and directly practicing the four immeasurables, the divine abodes, we have the potential to tear down the walls covering our hearts, to rediscover the beauty of selfless love, and to rest in the best home of our hearts where we find joy not only in our victories and successes but in that of others. It is here that love, peace, and joy truly become limitless.
In this program we will journey toward the opening of our hearts, deepening our presence in our lives through direct practice with and investigation of the brahmaviharas.