Rejoicing & Sympathetic Joy to Develop Samadhi - Ajahn Dhammasiha
Ajahn Dhammasiha encourages us to give more importance to developing sympathetic joy (muditā) and rejoicing (anumodanā) in other beings good actions and accomplishments. Rather than focussing on problems, and indulging in the faultfinding mind, we can discover so many admirable deeds in this world. When we focus on rejoicing in all the good that is done around us, we have a never ending source of happiness available to us.
Ajahn also mentions the story how Lady Visākhā requested 8 favours from the Buddha, and how he granted her request, as he recognized her deep understanding of the mental process to cultivate Bhāvanā: She was using her amazing generosity not just to generate good karma and attain a fortunate rebirth, but she diliberately used the joy she experienced when reflecting on her good acts as a support to develop samādhi, and then she would use the samādhi to develop the factors of enlightenment to attain Nibbana.