The Four Immeasurables
Unfolding our innate and universal qualities of Loving kindness, Compassion, Joy, and Equanimity
Our lives are so often ruled by a constant need to be busy, to get things done – you know the score. We end up chasing our tails and losing sight of the essence and purpose of our lives. The 8 week mindfulness training course is the beginning of getting off the hamster-wheel of habitual action and reaction and this initial training can lead to a wish to deepen our insight into what makes us human. The Four Immeasurables is a new short course held over an extended period that offers a heart-based foundation of support to ease us through the ups and downs of being alive. Although we are all aware of these universal qualities so often we lack the means to be able to embody them. Through the understanding and practice of these four qualities we can begin to open our hearts to our own and others unlimited capacity for loving kindness, compassion, joy and equanimity.
They are called ‘immeasurable’, because if you practice them, they will grow in you every day until they embrace the whole world. You will become happier, and everyone around you will become happier too.
Thich Nhat Hanh, Teachings on Love
The course of five sessions spanning six months is for those who have participated on an 8-week mindfulness based living course or have their own established meditation practice. The insight into the embodiment of The Four Immeasurables has been preserved through the lineages of Buddhist philosophy. Their qualities are universal and relevant to us all whether we have a faith or none – all are welcome to participate.
The course is to be held over four Saturdays in September, October, November and January and a final weekend in February. Each session will introduce new aspects of the practice of the four immeasurables, so please make a note of the dates in your diary.
Saturdays 10 am – 4pm:
- 10 September
- 15 October
- 26 November
- 7 January 2017
- 10, 11, 12 February, Friday 7.00pm – 9pm, Saturday 10am – 5pm, Sunday 9.00am – 3.00pm.
Course fee: £250. And if you wish to participate but cannot afford this please contact me.
Held at Mill House Farm. Please bring lunch to share. Jeanne has offered to make soup for us. We have limited B&B accommodation for those coming from afar with other nearby B&Bs, please ask for a list.