There are a lots of meditation techniques, some of them with different purposes. The ones to be cultivated – in order to open our hearts towards “others”, to understand that we all living beings are “in this together” – are the Four Immeasurables: the cultivation of loving-kindness, compassion, appreciative/empathetic joy and equanimity.
These four are called the Four Immeasurables – because they are directed to an immeasurable number of sentient beings, and because the wholesome karma produced through practising them is – immeasurable. The four are also called the sublime states of mind- Brahmaviharas – because they are indeed extraordinary states of minds.
By cultivating the wholesome attitudes of loving-kindness, compassion, appreciative joy and equanimity – we can gradually remove ill will, cruelty, jealousy and desire. In this way, they can achieve happiness for ourselves and others – now, in this life.
the first immeasurable, is the wish that all sentient beings, without any exception, be happy. Loving-kindness counters ill will. The attitude of loving-kindness is often compared to the feeling a mother has for her newborn child: she wishes her/him all the best, health, riends, intelligence and success in everything. In short, she wishes sincerely that the child will be happy.
One may have the same attitude of loving-kindness for a dear friend or for others in one’s family or community. In all these cases, one wishes these persons well.
In meditation – the extent of loving-kindness is n o t limited only to those for whom one has some attachment or concern. The meditation on loving-kindness – and all the other Immeasurables – requires training; by extending the practice, not only towards those whom one feels close to, but also step by step to others whom one may know only slightly (have neutral feelings to), or not know at all, or maybe have some negative feelings towards. Finally, one’s loving-kindness is extended to all sentient beings in all the realms of existence.
Then only – does the ordinary attitude of loving-kindness, compassion, joy and equanimity found in daily life – reach the state of the sublime or the immeasurable. This can be a result of a training, in meditation.
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Friday 7 September 18.00 – 20.30
Saturday 8 September 10.00 – 17.00
Sunday 9 September 10.00 – 17.00
ABOUT Bhikshuni Lozang Yönten:
she is a charming bright beloved teacher, who has already been teaching in Australia, New Zealand and Israel for several years.
She is an American-born Buddhist nun in the Tibetan tradition (ordained in 2003). She studied intensively in Australia, at Chenrezig Institute from 2002–2009, completing their Buddhist Studies Program then continued to study, retreat and offer service at Dharma Centres in India and Taiwan as well as Australia and New Zealand, becoming an in-depth registered teacher within the Foundation for the Preservation of the Mahayana Tradition (FPMT).
Young Lozang Yonten was the Resident Teacher of Kunsang Yeshe Retreat Centre in the Blue Mountains of Australia 2011 – 2014.
Then as teacher-in-residence six months of the year at Mahamudra Centre in New Zealand, until February 2018.
Currently she is an FPMT touring teacher and retreat leader as well as teaching one 4-month-semester each year in Israel – as a member of the Buddhist Faculty at a Buddhist Psychoanalytic Training Program called Human Spirit’s in Israel, as well as with Shantideva Study Group in Israel.