The Lord Buddha singles out four mental qualities as important for cultivation. He describes them as noble, lofty, and sublime and strongly encourages their development. They can transform our lives and the world giving beauty, joy, and meaning.
What are these four mental factors? They are loving-kindness, compassion, sympathetic joy and equanimity. Yes, to love all beings equally without discrimination; to be compassionate to all; to rejoice at the happiness and success of others; and to be even-minded, steady, or equanimous in facing the vicissitudes of life. Oh, how wonderful if we can live in this manner, and how much better and happier the world would be!
In this booklet, Venerable Nyanaponika Thera explores with his sharp and incisive mind, the various aspects of the four mental factors and shows us how they can be applied and practised in our daily life.