What’s all the fuss about equanimity?

Sunday May 6, 2018, 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm (What’s all the fuss about equanimity?), Moksha Yoga, London Ontario, Canada.  Half hour drop-in meditation on Tuesday May 8, 8 – 8:30 pm. Note the earlier start time for our Sunday drop-in meditations and discussion, which will continue throughout the summer.

Schedule:  Drop-in Meditation 6:00 pm to 6:30 pm, with an equanimity theme, on Sunday May 6, Moksha Yoga, London Ontario, Canada. Break for chat and tea 6:30 – 6:40 pm roughly; 6:40 – 7:30 pm – What’s all the fuss about equanimity?. Participants are welcome to either or both of these events.  Attendance is free, and donations are accepted. See you Sunday.

I was at a Starbucks-Indigo last week, and picked up a fashion magazine, and started flicking through it some what mindlessly. I was startled to find an article on “Equanimity”! Equanimity apparently is making its way into the mainstream, and has become a thing. This prompted this week’s discussion topic. My search soon, led to Buddhist sources, which usually confuses me, due to the heavy nomenclature often involved.

However I found a particularly clear booklet, which I recommend, by Nyanaponika Thera (1901 – 1994) a German-born Sri-Lanka-ordained Theravada monk, co-founder of the Buddhist Publication Society, author of numerous seminal Theravada books, and teacher of contemporary Western Buddhist leaders:

The Four Sublime States

Looking around us, and into our own heart, we see how difficult it is to attain and maintain balance of mind, or equanimity.

Life continually moves between contrasts: rise and fall, success and failure, loss and gain, honour and blame. Waves of emotion carry us up and fling us down; and no sooner do we find rest, than we are in the power of a new wave again. How can we expect to balance on the crest of the waves in this rough ocean of existence, if not on the Island of Equanimity. A world where those who were a short while ago connected with us by love and sympathetic happiness, are at the next moment in want of our compassion – such a world needs equanimity.

So these four qualities: Equanimity, loving kindness, sympathetic happiness and compassion are naturally closely inter-related. They form the four immeasurables of Buddhism, or the Four sublime states, and are the subject of our discussion.

The London Mindfulness Community (LMC) : is a community of mindfulness enthusiasts. Our meditations are designed to be accessible to those who drop in occasionally. Those wanting to know more about integrating mindfulness into daily life, please see our website (usually by the previous Thursday):

http://londonmindfulnesscommunity.org (and its associated FB page, search London Mindfulness Community on FB). Attendance at our meditations, except for special programs such as the one above, is free (donations are accepted which go towards buy materials for the studio and learning resources).