A central attitude of dharma practice is learning to open to experience instead of the typical contraction of grasping at pleasant or aversion towards unpleasant. Qualitites of opening include forgiveness, patience, sense of humor, presence and loving kindness are explored.
The heavenly messengers that set the Buddha on his quest
The Buddha’s early struggle and discovery of the middle way
The First Jhana and simile of the Bathman’s Apprentice
Citt’ekaggata – A unified heart suffused with well being
Stories about wisdom - how knowing profoundly that everything is changing, that our experience is created by myriad factors beyond our control, that acceptance and compassion create a peaceful mind - and how mindfulness creates that wisdom - paying attention
How do we bring our metta practice out from retreat into the world and our everyday lives. We look at (1) some guidelines and ways of practicing metta in our personal formal practice; (2) practicing metta in our relationships with others; and (3) the importance of metta for social healing and transformation.