Saturday, August 17, 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
The Buddha often spoke about four states of mind as the four Brahma-viharas: divine or god-like dwellings in which the mind reaches outward toward the immeasurable world of living beings, embracing them all in these boundless emotions. These four sublime states are loving-kindness, compassion, sympathetic joy, and equanimity. Systematic meditation, and thus gradual development of these states, constitute four of the 40 classic meditation objects taught by the Buddha. We will go through their proximate causes, praxis, advantages, and long-term benefits. The day will include guided meditation sessions that will underscore the infinite nature of each quality. If the cause is infinite, so is the effect! May all beings thus become Happy.
Bhante Samahita was educated as a medical doctor at the Copenhagen University in Denmark, and became Associate Professor in Bioinformatics at the Technical University in Denmark, working with theoretical biology and artificial intelligence. He arrived in Sri Lanka in 2001, where he became fully ordained as a Bhikkhu in 2003. As a monk of the Theravada Araññavasin Forest Tradition, he has been living and meditating for the past 16 years alone in a remote mountain forest hermitage. His main philosophical interest is the convergence and congruence of ideas within Early Buddhism, Orthodox Quantum Physics, Einsteinian Relativity, Information Theory, and Thermodynamics.
$55 members, $65 nonmembers, $75 at the door
You can also join Bhante Samahita on Friday, August 16 for his lecture “The Four Noble Truths and the Three Universal Signs.”