This program will be held online via Zoom. All registrants will receive the link to join the program in their Order Confirmation email. Time is EDT.
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 the 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 for those who are already familiar with the theory and definition of metta to immerse themselves in an extended engagement with the practice itself. On Saturday, we will practice with Self and Benefactor. On Sunday, we will practice with Difficult and All Beings.
Our time together will include guided meditation periods, talks, mindful movement and time for discussion and questions. 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 experience.
Participants are strongly encouraged to attend both days, however, Saturday-only registration is also available. Everyone is welcome. Full and partial scholarships are available.