Q. Once achieved, how does one maintain equanimity?
A shaken mind and broken equanimity indicates your kamma (based on the conceptual mind) is still strong. It is the arising of a thought or reflection that breaks your equanimity. The practice of maintaining equanimity begins with the awareness of this process.
Keep observing the establishing and subsiding of your equanimity until you gain insight into this process. When this wisdom arises, you will have discovered the answer to your question. As always, the arising of wisdom (see Dhamma Letter No. 3) depends on the extent to which you understand the dhamma through the three characteristics underlying all phenomena (ti-lakkhaṇa):
Anicca (impermanence, 無常)
Dukkha (dissatisfaction, 苦)
Anatta (non-ego, 無我)
When you hold on to that which you are attached, you will not be equanimous. When you let go with wisdom, you will discover equanimity is already present.
The ti-lakkhaṇa are of utmost importance in the study of Buddhism, hence our writing of this series. We covered dukkha in letters 14, 15, and 16. We will continue our discussion with anatta next week in Dhamma Letter No. 18.
May you develop the wisdom more and more!
May you attain the equanimity as you wish!
Ayyā Kosallā & Mahāpajāpatī Bhikkhunī Sangha
Edited by Max Montgomery
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Buddha Sāsanaṁ Ciraṁ Tiṭṭhatu!
May the Buddha’s teachings last a long time!
Bhavatu Sabba Sotiṁ ca Maṅgalaṁ ca!!
May everyone be led on the path of peace and blessing!!
Sādhu Sādhu Sādhu !