In this weekend retreat we will turn our attention to the “Four Beautiful Qualities of Heart” known as the Brahmaviharas, or Divine Abodes. These essential qualities are: loving-kindness, compassion, empathetic joy, and equanimity. Each of us has the inherent capacity to strengthen these qualities in our own hearts and minds. Through practice they may become our dwelling places where we feel “at home”, not merely places we visit on occasion.
There are specific instructions and practices for cultivating each of the four Brahmaviharas. Over the course of the weekend there will be instruction and practice with each one. We will investigate:
- Loving-Kindness on Saturday morning;
- Compassion on Saturday afternoon;
- Joy on Sunday morning; and
- Equanimity on Sunday afternoon.
This program is appropriate for both new and experienced meditators. Our time together will include guided meditation periods, talks and time for discussion and questions.
Participants are strongly encouraged to attend both days, however, Saturday-only and Sunday-only registrations are also available.