equanimous in holding and expressing one's preferences, opinions, andideas and in accepting or not accepting those of others. Answers.comdefines equanimity as "The quality of being calm and even-tempered;composure" and its opposites as "agitation, alarm, anxiety, discomposure,excitableness, upset, worry." I think that definition would have beenacceptable to the Buddha. Equanimity is a mental state that canaccompany all negative and positive thoughts, feelings, words, and actions.Equanimity appears to underlie all experience for the fully enlightenedindividual who spontaneously experiences the divine virtues and positivefeelings while transcending and overcoming negative emotional states asthey are ordinarily experienced. Negative thoughts and feelings mayoccasionally be triggered as a result of previous conditioning, but they aresimply observed as they arise and pass away. They are not resisted,indulged, or acted out in proliferating thoughts, speech, or actions, becausethere is no sense of a separate self that is attached to or identified withthem, that needs to defend or deny them. I hope this changes the way youthink about equanimity in the future.
Yes, but this is where it gets slippery. I see this issue now in "myown" thoughts and actions. One can get to a "that's the way it is" or "that isjust the unfolding." Detached and non-attached are very close in attitude.
Your comments still suggest that you interpret the word equanimityto mean a kind of passive, indifferent, or uncaring response. The word“detached” is sometimes used is imply such disassociation and isdistinguished from being “non-attached,” which leaves one free to have andto choose to let go of or act upon a thought, opinion, preference, or passiondepending upon whether such a response is appropriate and beneficial.These distinctions may be slippery for you, but for whatever it's worth, theyare not for me. Admittedly, semantics may blur the differencesconceptually, but experientially the differences are clear for me, even onthose occasions when my conditioned negative responses prevail.
That helped. Maybe it seems more like a passionlessness. I don'tknow. I used to have such strong convictions and now even my attitudetoward something like injustice and equality seem muted.