Equanimity of the Mind, Serenity
The Blessed Buddha once explained:
then, Bhikkhus, is this simple indifference of the flesh?
There are these five strings of sense-pleasure. What five?
which can be experienced by the eye ...
Hearable sounds, which can be
experienced by the ear ...
Smellable odours, which can be experienced by the nose ...
which can be experienced by the tongue ...
Touchable objects, which can be
experienced by the body ...
are all attractive, captivating, desirable, irresistible, lovely,
tempting, pleasing, sensually enticing, seductive, alluring, and
These are the 5 strings of sense-pleasure. The indifference that arises
these 5 strings of sense-pleasure when bored, is simply indifference of the flesh...
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And what, Bhikkhus,
is the equanimity, which is not of this world?
With the leaving behind of both pleasure and pain,
and with the prior fading
both joy and sorrow, one enters & dwells in the 4th
which is an entirely stilled mental state of naked awareness, purified by the
neither-pain-nor-pleasure. This is called the equanimity,
which is not of this
what is the serenity beyond the
equanimity, which is not of this world?
When a bhikkhu, whose
mental fermentations are eliminated, reviews his
calmed mind, which is
liberated from all lust, freed from all hatred, and
released from all uncertainty, then there
a transcendental serenity...
This is the serenity beyond that
of this world!
More one this fine
and subtle mental state of Equanimity
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Source (edited extract):
The Grouped Sayings of the Buddha.
Samyutta Nikāya. Book IV [235-7]
section 36:11 On Feeling:
Vedanā. Joys beyond this world ...