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Metta: Lovingkindness Retreat

Metta is the Pali word for friendship or lovingkindness. It is taught as a meditation that cultivates our natural capacity for an open and loving heart. With its roots in practices said to have been taught by the Buddha himself, metta is traditionally offered along with meditations that enrich compassion, joy in the happiness of others and equanimity. These practices lead to the development of concentration, fearlessness, happiness and a greater ability to love.

2016-05-18 (8 days) Insight Meditation Society - Retreat Center

2016-05-19 Guided meditation– First day and Q/A 44:23
Nikki Mirghafori
2016-05-20 Hindrances in metta practice 52:18
Winnie Nazarko
On retreat you don't control what you experience, But you can develop skill in working with what would otherwise derail your practice
2016-05-21 The heavenly abodes compassion 60:51
Nikki Mirghafori
This talk introduces the four heavenly abodes (Brahma Viharas), their relationship to one another, they're near and far enemies and a range of motivations for practice. The second half of the talk is dedicated to the practice of compassion, the second of the four Brahma Viharas
2016-05-22 Morning instructions: metta for the neutral person and Q/A 55:20
Nikki Mirghafori
2016-05-23 Guided instructions - Metta for the person with whom we have difficulty. Q/A 56:55
Nikki Mirghafori
2016-05-23 Considering forgiveness 68:16
Winnie Nazarko
What forgiveness means, Why it's valuable, And how to go about considering it. At end of talk discussion racism and reconciliation on the collective level
2016-05-24 Embracing it all: taking the practice home with gratitude 58:53
Nikki Mirghafori
What is the role of metta meditation in relationship to the Vipassana practice? How do we take the practice home? On the cushion? Daily he practice? What's the role of gratitude in embracing all of life
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