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Sympathetic Joy is the feeling which arises when one regards all beings (beginning with oneself and one’s own family and friends but not stopping there) with loving-kindness and then perceives those who are happy and have created a lot of merit or even attained liberative insight. We rejoice that in the good fortune of others and particularly for those who have attained enlightenment. In this way we overcome resentment, envy, and jealousy and even find inspiration in the accomplishments of others. (source: The 3rd of the 4 immeasurables according to Buddhist framework. Source: Ryuei Michael McCormick (2003);id=1;url=http%3A%2F%2Fnichirenscoffeehouse%2Enet%2FRyuei%2FJoy%2Ehtml