I just looked into another thread and saw Manapa mentioning the importance of kalyânamittas. Not knowing what the word meant i did a quick search and found "Good Dhamma Friends." A few months ago I started reading about the 4 brahma viharas. What simple wisdom! I kinda knew these from my own experience but didn't have words for them.
The deeper I go into the teachings of the elders the more humbled, inspired and impressed I am. Buddha taught so much more beyond the 4 noble truths and the 8 fold path. What do you feel are the most important ideas and insights of Theravadin Buddhism? If you can say a bit about why these ideas are important and explain the terms, that would be a great gift for many of us newcomers.
Thank you, with many many deep bows,
"As Buddhists, we should aim to develop relationships that are not predominated by grasping and clinging. Our relationships should be characterised by the brahmaviharas of metta (loving kindness), mudita (sympathetic joy), karuna (compassion), and upekkha (equanimity)."
~post by Ben, Jul 02, 2009