What is the difference between neutral feeling and equanimity?


Great dhamm sermon by Ajahn Punnadhammo in relation to equanimity.


The above video is based on Visuddhimagga.

Equanimity is of ten kinds; six-factored equanimity, equanimity as a divine
abiding, equanimity as an enlightenment factor, equanimity of energy,
equanimity about formations, equanimity as a feeling, equanimity about insight,
equanimity as specific neutrality, equanimity of jhána and equanimity of


Equanimity of unknowing:
“When one of deluded temperament sees any sort of visible object, he copies what others do, if he hears others criticizing, he criticizes, if he hears others praising, he praises; but actually he feels equanimity in himself- the equanimity of unknowing.”— Vism. III, 94


Beautifully poetic…


@SarathW1 I think this “near enemy” “far enemy” business is one of the few instances where the Abhidhamma (canonical or post-canonical?) sheds light instead of obfuscating.


I found this quote which I think sums up the difference between spiritual and worldly upekkhā:

“Equanimity or equipoise, upek(k)hā, from an etymological perspective suggests a mental attitude of “looking upon”, not an indifferent “looking away”.”

-Bhikkhu Anālayo , “Compassion and Emptiness in Early Buddhist Meditation”

So it is not a feeling; it is an attitude. Of course, you can relate it to neutral feeling as much as positive and negative feelings can be related to their relative spiritual/worldly mental factors.


According to Abhidhamma it is a feeling and a beautiful mental state.