Defining Equanimity

“Neither a thought nor an emotion, it is rather the steady conscious realization of reality’s transience. It is the ground for wisdom and freedom and the protector of compassion and love. While some may think of equanimity as dry neutrality or cool aloofness, mature equanimity produces a radiance and warmth of being. The Buddha described a mind filled with equanimity as “abundant, exalted, immeasurable, without hostility and without ill-will.”

Gil Fronsdal – Wikipedia (accessed 22 Dec 2017)


How old are you ?

Child’s Question: How old are you?

Thay: Well, how old are you first?

Child: I am six, almost seven.

Thay: Listen, I am going to give you a good answer. I am the continuation of the Buddha, so I am 2,600 years old.

Child: Oh!

Thay: I am also the continuation of my father, so I am 110 years young. I know that you are my continuation and I feel that I am in you, so at the time I am six years old also. That is true, because I have been reborn in that child. He will carry me into the future. So I am quite young. I am six years old. If you look around, you see me a little bit everywhere. I have different ages. Okay?”