Sympathetic Joy – Buddhist Psychology | Jack Kornfield

Narrated by: Jack Kornfield

Muditā (Pāli and Sanskrit: मुदिता) is a dharmic concept of joy, particularly an especially sympathetic or vicarious joy—the pleasure that comes from delighting in other people’s well-being.

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

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