The Four Limitless Ones

The four limitless qualities are limitless love (maitri / metta), limitless compassion (karuna / nyinje), limitless joy (includes rejoicing in the virtue of others), and limitless equanimity. Pema Chödrön has taught extensively on these themes over the years, which are so central to the Mahayana teachings of the Tibetan Buddhist tradition, as well as all Buddhist lineages.

The four limitless qualities are contemplative practices that students generally encounter after they have some experience with the calm abiding / mindfulness practice, and perhaps before they work with the challenging tonglen (sending and taking) practices. Certainly, these teachings are one of Pema Chödrön's specialties.

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