BRAHMA VIHARAS

Loving Kindness, Handcrafted paper collage, 420 x 594mm, 2021

BRAHMA VIHARAS: THE FOUR IMMEASURABLES

Compassion and love are not mere luxuries. As the source of both inner and external peace, they are fundamental to the continued survival of our species. – His Holiness XIV Dalai Lama

These handcrafted paper collages are from a series based on the Brahma Viharas or Four Immeasurables in Buddhism. Also referred to as the Four Divine Abodes or Four Infinite Minds, the Brahma viharas are Metta (Loving-kindness), Karuna (Compassion), Mudita (Empathetic Joy) and Upekkha (Equanimity). They represent awakened states of mind and the most wholesome aspects of our human nature. Also referred to as mind/heart liberating practices, they awaken powerful healing energies that manifest as forces of purification transforming the turbulent heart into a refuge of calm, focused awareness. The Brahma viharas enable us to engage in a conscious, gentle dismantling of the conditioning that binds us to suffering.

Compassion, Handcrafted paper collage, 420 x 594mm, 2021