The Boundless Heart by Christina Feldman was published in April 2017. It explores the Brahma Viharas of Kindness, Compassion, Joy and Equanimity as pathways of awakening. These ennobling qualities of the heart are virtues, seed of potentiality that live in every human heart, pathways to be cultivated and the landscape of an awakened mind. These qualities that underlie all meditative deepening are healing and liberating inwardly but equally show us the ways to be participants in the healing and liberation of our world. Boundless Heart is published by Shambhala.
Here a short excerpt from the introduction:
Introduction: The Landscape and Embodiment of Liberation
“There is no greater love than the immeasurable friendliness that can embrace all beings, all events, and all experiences with unshakeable kindness. There is no compassion greater than the fearless heart that can turn toward suffering and pain, tremble with empathy, and live with the commitment to end the causes of anguish. There is no greater happiness than inwardly generated joy and peace. There is no equanimity more unshakeable than the profound poise of the liberated heart that can meet the world of ungraspable conditions and events without being shattered.
Threaded through the entirety of the Buddha’s pathway of awakening are the teachings on cultivating the boundless heart – immeasurable kindness, compassion, joy, and equanimity. These qualities are referred to as the brahma viharas. Brahma refers to the sublime or noble tenor of these qualities; vihara originally comes from the word for “monastery”, or the place we abide and make our home. We are encouraged, whether standing or walking, sitting or lying down, whenever we are awake to make kindness, compassion, joy, and equanimity the home of our heart. This is the noblest way of living in this world here and now.”