In this meditation seminar, Alan Wallace taught a sequence of meditations for the cultivation of the “Four Immeasurables,” namely loving-kindness, compassion, empathetic joy, and impartiality. These were followed by teachings and practice of Buddhist Mind-Training, or “Lojong.” While many teachings on Buddhist meditation fill us with a longing to spend more time in quiet, solitary meditation, these practices bring us back to life, to the active world of living with others. The optimal situation to apply these teachings on cultivating a good heart is an active, engaged life, moving away from habitual self-centeredness to greater empathy and loving concern for the welfare for those around us. Complete teachings, guided meditations, and discussions from the weekend retreat are included.
Regardless of whether we hold to any religious beliefs, these practices can be of benefit to everyone seeking to explore their own capacity to experience unconditional love and compassion.
Recorded in November 2009 at the old Santa Barbara Mission.