The 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. It is cultivated through a process of inclusivity, gradually expanding to include all sentient beings. Especially in times of uncertainty and pain, metta practice helps us to work with habitual patterns such as anxiety and doubt.
The Buddha taught metta as a specific antidote to fear and anger. 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. In cultivating metta, we directly experience a fundamental kindness as the very ground of our being. It is an invaluable practice in the midst of the unexpected changes in life.
This retreat offers a full day of metta practice and will include guided sittings. It is an opportunity for those who are already familiar with the theory and definition of metta to immerse themselves in a day of extended engagement with the practice itself.
This retreat is appropriate for both new and experienced meditators who have prior experience with metta practice, including those who attend Narayan's "Metta Workshop" on Saturday, October 13th.