Sunday, September 03, 2006

Four Immeasurables

tshad med bzhi is the four immeasurables. You would encounter this term and the four immeasurables in many places, especially in practice texts where it is common for the practitioner to recite and meditate on these four in the beginning, so it's good to learn the translation. This way when you look at practice texts you could quickly find the verses and know what they are.

tshad means measure, med is a negation, so tshad med means immeasurable. bzhi is four, so there we have the four immeasurables. Now, there are other translations of this term, the four unlimited states, and so on, but I like this term myself, as the idea is that by cultivating these four, the benefits are immeasurable.

Sangye Khadro has a beautiful commentary on the four immeasurables here.

Next we will first present the four immeasurables, and then go through a very common four-liner foun in many practice texts (in this case Sakya practice texts) where the four immeasuables are cultivated.

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