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Buddhist Buzzwords: Equanimity

June 23, 2010

I’m hoping to make this a regular column/ article series. I know when I first started studying Buddhism, there were all kinds of Buddhist buzzwords I had no clue about. My hopes here are that these columns/ articles will be of use to those that were as lost as I was.

Without further ado, the first article is about equanimity. Wikipedia defines equanimity as such:

In Buddhism, equanimity (upekkhā, upekṣhā) is one of the four immeasurables and is considered:
Neither a thought nor an emotion, it is rather the steady conscious realization of reality’s transience. It is the ground for wisdom and freedom and the protector of compassion and love. While some may think of equanimity as dry neutrality or cool aloofness, mature equanimity produces a radiance and warmth of being. The Buddha described a mind filled with equanimity as “abundant, exalted, immeasurable, without hostility and without ill-will.”
From Wikipedia

Seeking a state of equanimity is part of the goal, attained mainly through meditation. Once you practice meditation enough, you may even get a glimmer of what equanimity is, clarity without disturbance, calm abiding.

To me, equanimity is simply defined as composure. Not in the sense of some “nose up in the air” composure, but someone who is comfortable in their own skin, at peace.

Equanimity is the ability to stay present in the moment, even when that moment is full of stress and agitation. It is the strength to defy the attachment to habitual reactions. Equanimity is patience and the capacity to just be, without judgement.

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  1. June 24, 2010 2:35 pm

    “Here, monks, a disciple dwells pervading one direction with his heart filled with equanimity, likewise the second, the third and the fourth direction; so above, below and around; he dwells pervading the entire world everywhere and equally with his heart filled with equanimity, abundant, grown great, measureless, free from enmity and free from distress.” — Digha Nikaya 13

    I really like the fact that Equanimity is one of the Brahmavihara’s… which are “The Four Sublime Attitudes”

    “Sublime Attitude”… that works for me.

    …a

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