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Strengthening the Heart, Cultivating Kindness: Metta Retreat

Metta, sometimes translated as unconditional kindness or universal friendliness, grows from our capacity for basic human warmth. It is the first of four sublime states that can be cultivated as a powerful support for well-being, concentration and the deepening of insight practice.

In this silent metta retreat, we will explore a range of techniques for developing kindness, as well as ways to release the obstacles that often get in the way of living with more ease, happiness and peace. Our time together will include silent and guided sitting meditation, walking meditation, Dharma talks, instructions and group interviews with the teachers.

2017-03-17 (6 days) Insight Meditation Society - Retreat Center

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2017-03-18 Mindfulness Of Body and Breathing 55:21
Jill Shepherd
Instructions and guided meditation, beginning with body scan, inviting ease, in mindfulness of breathing.
2017-03-18 Metta Practice: Basic Instructions 2:37:45
Oren Jay Sofer
Cultivating the ground, using phrases for metta practice.
2017-03-18 The strength of Kindness 58:16
Oren Jay Sofer
Our hearts and minds can be shaped and trained to meet experience with kindness. Metta offers strength as a resource and a doorway to happiness and connection.
2017-03-19 Metta for Self 55:15
Jill Shepherd
Practising metta for the benefactor, then oneself
2017-03-19 Instructions: compassion practice 58:33
Oren Jay Sofer
Compassion is the ability to meet pain with caring tenderness. Formal practices strengthen and heals the heart. (Includes question and answers)
2017-03-19 Metta and the obstacles to cultivating kindness 50:18
Jill Shepherd
An overview of the five hindrances, and some tools for working with difficult emotions and mind-states that get in the way of cultivating metta
2017-03-20 Metta instructions and guided meditation using the "radiating energy" method 48:02
Jill Shepherd
Practising with the "radiating energy" method of extending metta in the four directions, above, below, and all around
2017-03-20 Compassion, Willingness and Courage 53:40
Oren Jay Sofer
We are deeply connected to one another and all of life. When we are willing to meet pain and suffering with awareness, to feel what is present in our hearts, the door to compassion and awakening can open.
2017-03-21 Metta for the "difficult" person 58:26
Jill Shepherd
Instructions and guided meditation exploring metta for the "difficult" person
2017-03-21 Dharma talk: Mudita/appreciative joy and equanimity 56:14
Jill Shepherd
An overview of the four Brahma Viharas, focusing on mudita/appreciative joy, and equanimity.
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