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 workshop is appropriate for both new and experienced meditators and will include specific instructions, guided practice and time for questions and discussion.
Note: You will have the opportunity to practice what you learn in this workshop on Saturday, October 17th when Narayan will offer a one-day Metta Retreat.