This program will be held online via Zoom. All registrants will receive the link to join the program in their Order Confirmation email.
The Pali word metta is translated as Loving-Kindness 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 the unexpected changes and challenges 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 day of practice is an opportunity for those new and experienced to learn and to deepen in their understanding of metta in the context of community. Our time together will include guided mediation periods, talks, mindful movement, and time for discussion and questions. There will also be optional breakout rooms to foster peer support. Undertaking an online retreat in our home environment encourages us to integrate these teachings into our lives more directly, even as we cultivate a sense of connection with others through our shared experiences.
Prerequisite: There are no prerequisites for this program. Everyone is welcome. Full and partial scholarships are available.