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A Love as Deep as Life Itself: Integrating Wisdom and Compassion

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A Love as Deep as Life Itself: Integrating Wisdom and Compassion

The highest form of love in the Buddhist tradition is called upekkha — a word that literally means "intimately seeing" reality and the true nature of other beings. Upekkha is often translated as equanimity, or balance, but this does not even begin to capture the reverential, cherishing and other-regarding nature of this spiritual quality. Upekkha recognizes that if we truly want beings to be happy we should rejoice in and encourage the cultivation of insight in ourselves and others.

Upekkha, the quality we'll be exploring on this 28-day online meditation course, represents the unity of wisdom and compassion — our whole being integrated in the desire to liberate oneself and others from suffering. In helping us to relate to beings in terms of their deepest desire for wellbeing and to recognize their innate potential for awakening, upekkha is a love as deep as life itself.

Course benefits

In this event you’ll learn how to:

  • Develop a greater sense of peace through learning to let go
  • Recognize the deep longing all beings (yourself included) have to be completely free from suffering
  • Cultivate a kind and loving patience as you see yourself and others as "works in progress"
  • Experience a sense of reverence through seeing the potential awakening in all beings
  • Reduce your anxiety levels by appreciating the arising and passing away of mental states
  • Overcome indifference by connectiing with genuine love and compassion.
  • Feel a greater sense of purpose in life as you encourage the arising of insight in others

Course format

Signing up for this event gives you access to:

  • Daily emails containing practice suggestions
  • Access to five guided meditations
  • Peer support and direct contact with the teaching in a welcoming online community

What other participants have said

  • “A final thanks for this excellent month. It encouraged me to meditate more, and provided me with new insights into how to further my practice.” Max J.
  • “It was good to know there were others on the same path as me!” Tim A.
  • “Beautiful teaching! It went straight to my heart. Thank you Bodhipaksa.” Anne H.
  • “I really appreciate your way of teaching how to cultivate spacious awareness. It’s so helpful – thanks!” Marissa M.
  • “The guided meditations were very helpful!” Aimee B.

About the instructor

BodhipaksaBodhipaksa has been practicing Buddhist meditation for over 30 years, and teaching for over 25 years. He formerly taught meditation in the Department of Religious Studies at the University of Montana, and for several years ran a thriving retreat center in the Scottish Highlands. He is the author of more than a dozen books and audiobooks, and has been published in six languages. In 2001 he founded Wildmind, an online meditation center. He has been a member of the Triratna Buddhist order since 1993. He is originally from Scotland, but now lives in New Hampshire, where he is the father of two children.

Scholarships are available

A limited number of scholarships are available for those who would like to participate but are unable to make a donation. If you would like to take advantage of one of these scholarships, please write to us:

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