Upeksha is Sanskrit word. It is a seminal term in the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali. English words that give us a sense of what this term signifies are: equanimity, non-attachment, non-discrimination, even-mindedness or letting go. In the Yoga Sutras it is mentioned as the state of being ‘close to the Seer with great patience’.

Thich Nhat Hanh in his new book “At Home in the World” mentions this term in the following passage that I feel is a great way to set an intention for the coming solar cycle,  the New Year 2017.

Thich Nhat Hanh:

Thanks to the wisdom of non-discrimination, called upeksha in Sanskrit, we do not fight, quarrel, or compete with one another. When we are not caught in the notion of being a separate self from other human beings, there can be harmony between us. When I teach a friend how to practice meditation, I don’t call myself “teacher” and my friend “student”. There is no transmitter and no receiver. We are one and the same. Together, we help each other grow.

source: Thich Nhat Hanh, At Home in the World, p. 31


I wish all my readers, friends and family


for the NEW YEAR 2017 !!!


Please support Parallax Press, the editing house that Thich Nhat Hanh founded

and which printed this beautiful book: At Home in the World




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