Feeding the Serenity of Equanimity!
The Blessed Buddha once said:
Bhikkhus, just as this body, is sustained by feeding, exists in dependence on
and cannot survive without food, so are the
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also sustained by feeding, they can also only exist in dependence on feeding
cannot remain without feeding... And what, Bhikkhus, is the feeding
of the emergence
of any yet unarisen equanimity,
and also the feeding of the
by condensation of any arisen Equanimity?
There are states that are basis and source for Equanimity! Frequently
careful and rational attention to them, is feeding the emergence of unarisen
equanimity, and also feeding of the gradual fulfillment of any arisen
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a yet unarisen equanimity, and
which also hinders any already
Equanimity Link from reaching complete
fulfillment by development?
There are states that are the basis, and source for the
Not giving frequent,
careful and rational attention to them; not considering
and often; is the starving that prevents any unarisen
arising, and also blocks any already arisen equanimity from reaching any
fulfillment through training in the form of frequent repetition!
Comments: Noting the Kammic Law causes
equanimity to arise:
The main cause, basis, and source of Equanimity is seeing,
All beings are born, created, conditioned,
and shaped by their past kamma..
They are owner, debtor, inheritor of the effects of their prior behaviour...
Whatever they do - good as bad - only they will
experience the results hereof!
Comments from the classical commentaries:
Imperturbable onlooking ballance is characteristic of this
(Upekkhā-Sambojjhanga). Moderation, seeking a
neutral middle, composure,
the purpose of the fine subtle quality of
Imperturbability is the manifestation
of this equanimity. This stable
plastic patience purifies all the other
advantageous mental states, which thus
reach their maximum, when joined with
Further conditions helpful for the emergence
of the equanimity are:
1: Impartiality regarding all living,
breathing, and sentient
Indifference regarding all inanimate material constructions...
3: Avoiding biased people, who prefer
favouritism, and one-sided partiality...
4: Friendship with well ballanced people unmoved by both pleasure
5: Commitment to ballance the mind into even and imperturbable Equanimity!
There is Equanimity
towards living beings, and regarding all material things!
There is Equanimity towards internal states,
and regarding external states!
There is Equanimity
towards all past, present, and future times
There is Equanimity both towards all mentality,
and regarding all
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Sources (edited extracts):
The Grouped Sayings of the Buddha.
65-6+102-8] 46: Links. 2+51: Group and Nutriments....