This program will be hosted both in-person and online (hybrid). This is the registration page to join online, via Zoom. (Register here if you prefer to attend in person.) Registrants will receive the link to join the program in their Order Confirmation email. Times are ET.
The Pali word metta is translated as lovingkindness or boundless friendliness. It is a sincere and heartfelt wish for the peace and happiness of ourselves and others. Metta is not a feeling; rather it is an intention that can be practiced and sustained. Each of us has the inherent capacity to strengthen this quality in our own hearts and minds. Through practice, it becomes our dwelling place where we feel “at home”, not merely a place we visit on occasion. In cultivating metta, we directly experience a fundamental kindness as the very ground of our being.
The Buddha taught metta as a specific antidote to fear and anger. It is an invaluable practice in the midst of unexpected changes in life. In times of uncertainty and pain, metta practice helps us to work with habitual patterns such as anxiety and doubt. The fruit of the systematic practice of metta is twofold: steadiness and tranquility which strengthen the mind, and sensitivity and openness which soften the heart.
This program is an opportunity to explore the theory and definition of metta and to immerse ourselves in an extended engagement with the practice itself. On Saturday, we will practice with ourselves in the morning and with benefactors and ancestors in the afternoon. Sunday morning, we will turn our attention to difficult people, and on Sunday afternoon, to all.
This program is appropriate for both new and experienced meditators and will include guided meditation periods, talks, and time for discussion and questions. Throughout our days together, we will form a spiritual community that will support your deep dive into this foundational teaching of the Buddha. Everyone is welcome.
Full and partial scholarships are available up to 72 hours before the start of the program. This program will not be recorded.
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