Mudita - Wholesome Joy to Cultivate Awakening | Ajahn Dhammasiha | Dhammagiri | Buddha Grants 8 Favours to Lady Visakha
Ajahn Dhammasiha encourages us to give more importance to developing forms of wholesome joy. Like muditā, rejoicing in other beings good actions and accomplishments.
However dark the world sometimes may appear to us, if we look carefully, we can still find countless acts of goodness, kindness and beauty occurring all around us. Rather than focussing on problems, and indulging in the faultfinding mind, we can discover so many admirable deeds in this world.
When we focus on rejoicing in all the good that is done around us, we have a never ending source of happiness available to us.
Ajahn also relates the story how Lady Visākhā requested 8 favours from the Buddha. The Buddha granted her request, as he recognized her deep understanding of the mental process to cultivate Bhāvanā:
She was using her amazing generosity not just to generate good karma and attain a fortunate rebirth. Instead, she deliberately used the joy she experienced when reflecting on her good acts as a support to develop rapture and samādhi. Next, she would then use samādhi to develop the factors of enlightenment (satta bojjhangā) to attain Nibbāna.
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