Dear fellow practitioners, greetings!
I am happy to share with you on this occasion both a New Talk and a New Meditation upon the theme of Cultivating Compassion. Actually I am feeling especially pleased on this occasion because this talk and meditation constitute the first instalment of a brand new section at the Peace Beyond Suffering website. An important element that I have been hoping to add for quite some time.
Both the theme and quality of Compassion are so rich and powerful that it seems appropriate to reserve an entire section for this subject, for Compassion can be many things. A quality… an emotion… an attitude… a pure form of 'collectedness' or concentration… as well as an indomitable force of Transformation.
This Talk is the first of two-parts, and the guided meditation is the first of three. For as well as this initial basic practice, we will soon be adding both an intermediate and advanced Compassion Guided Meditation.
I actually composed this talk and then recorded it in my kuti, rather than 'winging it' during a retreat or while on pilgrimage, as there were many things to cover and I wanted to be sure to include as much as I could. The talk touches on many things, from the cosmological and esoteric, the path and process of purification of mind, as well as the nitty gritty of integrating Compassion into our daily lives. The content is so rich engaging and interesting in fact, that it may be worth listening to a few times.
So I sincerely hope that this talk and meditation will be of benefit to you wherever you are now.
Ajahn Achalo Bhikkhu
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