Universal Spiritual Qualities

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    Love
    Compassion
    Joy
    Equanimity

    In Buddhism, these four have specific meanings. What are the qualities you identify as univeral.

    I posted these because belief in God is not required for any of them.

    If you want the Buddhist meanings of these, let me know and I'll post them. Otherwise, add your own and discuss.
     
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    Death and taxes


    sorry i could not resist.
     
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    They are not universal spiritual qualities.... they are the ideals to strive for.

    Most if not all.. fail
     
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    What's equanimity?
     
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    Equanimity - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia


    Equanimity is a state of mental or emotional stability or composure arising from a deep awareness and acceptance of the present moment. Equanimity is promoted by several major religious groups


    I had to look it up.

    beautiful thought
     
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    Thanks, T.

    I'd have to say compassion trumps them all. You can't have love without compassion. Joy is a selfish trait, and equanimity sounds like a fruitless endeavor.
     
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    I guess what I'm trying to say is that compassion seems to be the only "quality" that is not in some fashion self-serving.
     
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    They are qualities, they are ideals, and they are spiritual practices.

    In Buddhism, compassion is the sincere desire for other beings to be free of suffering and the causes of suffering.

    Love, in Buddhism, is the sincere wish for another being to be happy, and to have the causes of happiness.

    Joy, in Buddhism, in rejoicing in the good fortune of others.

    Equanimity is the equal kind regard, for all beings, without exception, to have happiness and it's causes, be free of suffering and the causes of suffering, and have joy and the causes of joy.
     
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    qualities are something you have and or posses..... religions do not have them...nor do the people who practice them. It is an ideal to strive for.....

    saying that you have them or that your religion has them is rather self serving, arrogant, self centered and vein.

    all of those ideals are something you want your religion or yourself to have.
     
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    I disagree with you. Individuals do have loving, compassionate, joyous, and equaniminous qualites.

    Religion is unnecessary for an individual to engage in those practices and develop those qualities.

    I offered Buddhist definitions of the words out of general interest.
     
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