The Benefits Of Perfecting Equanimity

by Peter Carlson on August 17, 2017

This talk explores the 10th Parami, upekkha, typically translated as equanimity, or neutrality.  Peter describes an additional Buddhist term that applies to this Parami, tatramajjhattata, typically translated as “that quality of mind that is balanced in the middle“.  The cultivation and perfection of equanimity is a crucial aspect for the process of awakening (it is one of the seven factors for awakening, and one of the four Divine Abidings, along with lovingkindness, compassion and sympathetic joy, as it represents the optimal balance of energy (not too much–agitation, or too little, sloth and torpor) and attention (not too attached, or too distracted), which must be dynamically managed with mindful investigation and the ability to redirect attention skillfully.  This explanation of the balancing process that produces equanimity was followed by lively discussion among the participants about how the concepts can be realized through practice.

Here are the notes prepared for this discussion, including a graph representing the balancing elements:  The Benefits Of Perfecting Equanimity

There will be further discussion of the Paramis focused on how they interact dynamically in ways the promote the process of awakening during a future talk.

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