Monday, September 04, 2006

Four Immeasurables, Loving Kindness Part 1

The first of the four immeasurables, tshad med bzhi, is byams pa, in Sanskrit maitri, loving kindness. This is the wish that all sentient beings may be happy.

byams pa is also the Tibetan name for the Bodhisattva or Buddha Maitreya. Depending on the presentation, byams pa is either a bodhisattva, or an already enlightened being, Buddha.

Sometimes byams pa is also shortened down to byams.

If you are brand new to Tibetan letters, the last letter between the dot (tsek) and the stroke (shah) is pa.

See also the earlier posting about byams pa versus snying rje.

Next we will go through the first line about byams pa in the verses on the tshad med bzhi.

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