Comments and Quotes on Equanimity
March 8, 2016

There are two words in Pali (the language of the Buddha) that translated into the English word, equanimity. The first is upekkha which means to “look over.” The other word is tatramajjihattata which is made up of several root words that together mean “to stand in the middle of all this.”

“Neither a thought nor an emotion, [equanimity] is rather the steady conscious realization of reality’s transience. It is the ground for wisdom and freedom and the protector of compassion and love. While some may think of equanimity as dry neutrality or cool aloofness, mature equanimity produces a radiance and warmth of being. The Buddha described a mind filled with equanimity as ‘abundant, exalted, immeasurable, without hostility and without ill-will.'”
– Gil Fronsdal

“The traditional image for equanimity is a banquet to which everyone is invited. That means that everyone and everything, without exception, is on the guest list. Consider your worst enemy. Consider someone who would do you harm. Imagine inviting them to this feast.”
– Pema Chodron

“Training in equanimity is learning to open the door to all, welcoming all beings, inviting life to come visit. Of course, as certain guests arrive, we’ll feel fear and aversion. We allow ourselves to open the door just a crack if that’s all that we can presently do, and we allow ourselves to shut the door when necessary. Cultivating equanimity is a work in progress. We aspire to spend our lives training in the loving-kindness and courage that it takes to receive whatever appears—sickness, health, poverty, wealth, sorrow, and joy. We welcome and get to know them all.”
– Pema Chodron

“May all living beings abide in equanimity free from prejudicial attachments and aversions.”