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Muditā (Pāli and Sanskrit: मुदिता) means joy; especially sympathetic or vicarious joy.

Translations of
Mudita
English Sympathetic joy
Pali मुदिता
Sanskrit मुदिता
Khmer មុទិតា
(Mutita)
Vietnamese hỳ
Glossary of Buddhism

Also: the pleasure that comes from delighting in other people's well-being.[1]

The traditional paradigmatic example of this mind-state is the attitude of a parent observing a growing child's accomplishments and successes.[2] Mudita should not be confused with pride, as a person feeling mudita may not have any interest or direct income from the accomplishments of the other. Mudita is a pure joy unadulterated by self-interest.

When we can be happy of the joys other beings feel, it is called mudita; the opposite word is schadenfreude.

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Mudita meditation is used to cultivate appreciative joy at the success and good fortune of others.

Buddhist teachers interpret mudita more broadly as an inner spring of infinite joy that is available to everyone at all times, regardless of circumstances. "The more deeply one drinks of this spring, the more securely one becomes in one's own abundant happiness, the more bountiful it becomes to relish the joy of other people."[citation needed]

Joy is also traditionally regarded as the most difficult to cultivate of the four immeasurables (brahmavihārā: also "four sublime attitudes"). To show joy is to celebrate happiness and achievement in others even when we are facing tragedy ourselves.[3]

According to Buddhist teacher Ayya Khema showing joy towards sadistic pleasure is wrong. Here there should instead be compassion (karuṇā).

The "far enemies" of joy are jealousy (envy) and greed, mind-states in obvious opposition. Joy's "near enemy," the quality which superficially resembles joy but is in fact more subtly in opposition to it, is exhilaration, described as a grasping at pleasant experience out of a sense of insufficiency or lack.[4][5]

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ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Salzberg, Sharon (1995). Loving-Kindness: The Revolutionary Art of Happiness. Shambhala Publications. p. 119. ISBN 9781570629037.
  2. ^ U Pandita, Sayadaw (2006). The State of Mind Called Beautiful. Simon and Schuster. p. 51. ISBN 9780861713455.
  3. ^ Elizabeth J. Harris, A Journey into Buddhism Source for Free Distribution with permission from Access to Insight and the Buddhist Publication Society
  4. ^ Buddhagosha, 'Vishudimagga' Section 2.100
  5. ^ "Dhamma Lists: Insight Meditation Center". Insight Meditation Center. Retrieved 27 March 2018.

External linksEdit

  • Mudita - A brief passage on mudita from the Brahma-Vihara Foundation