How is Release by Equanimity
The Blessed Buddha once said:
And how, Bhikkhus, is release of mind by serene equanimity
achieved? What does this liberation have as its destination, what is
its culmination, what is its sweet fruit, and what is the ultimate
of mental release by universally neutral & imperturbable equanimity?
Here, a Bhikkhu dwells pervading first the entire frontal quadrant,
with a mind imbued with infinite equanimity, so the second quadrant,
the 3rd quadrant, and the 4th quadrant. As above, so below, across,
and everywhere, & as to all beings also to himself, he dwells
the entire universe with a mind saturated with unlimited equanimity,
immense, exalted, measureless, without hostility, without any enmity,
without any ill will! Thus prepared and expanded, he then develops:
The Awareness Link to
Awakening joined with limitless equanimity.
The Investigation Link
to Awakening fused with such equanimity.
The Energy Link to
Awakening together with infinite equanimity.
The Joy Link to
Awakening accompanied with absolute equanimity.
The Tranquillity Link to
Awakening linked with serene equanimity.
The Concentration Link
to Awakening associated with equanimity.
The Equanimity Link to
Awakening joined with endless equanimity.
Based upon seclusion, disillusion, ceasing, and culminating in
If he then wishes:
"May I dwell experiencing repulsiveness in anything attractive &
then he can dwell experiencing repulsiveness therein. If he wishes:
"May I dwell experiencing delight in anything disgusting & repulsive,"
then he dwells experiencing pleasing beauty in whatever is disgusting!
If he wishes: "May I dwell experiencing the repulsive in what is both
unrepulsive & repulsive", he dwells experiencing repulsive disgust in
If he wishes: "May I dwell experiencing the unrepulsive in what is
unrepulsive & repulsive", he experiences only unrepulsive beauty by
If he wishes: "Avoiding both the repulsive and the unrepulsive, may I
just aware and clearly comprehending", then he
dwells in equanimity, just aware and clearly comprehending! Or else,
completely transcending the realm of infinitude of consciousness,
only aware that there is nothing, he enters & dwells in the sphere of
the void, empty & vacuous nothingness.
tell you Bhikkhus for a wise Bhikkhu here,
who has not yet penetrated to
an even more superior
the mental release by imperturbable equanimity
has the subtle sphere of the nothingness as its final culmination!
this serene mental state of Equanimity
Even is Equanimity,
The 7 Links to Awakening,
Serene Equanimity and
reference (edited extract):
The Grouped Sayings of the Buddha.
Book [V: 115-21] 46: The Links. 54: Joined by Friendliness...
Serene is Equanimity!
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