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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.

This silent retreat, open to both new and experienced meditators, will include instructions for sitting and walking meditation practice, Q&A, talks about the teachings and meetings with the teachers.

2019-05-15 (8 days) Insight Meditation Society - Retreat Center

2019-05-16 Feeding What Feeds Us 56:26
Winnie Nazarko
The Buddha says that clarity about what is "wholesome" and what is unwholesome" is important. We are encouraged to cultivate qualities like Metta (loving kindness) for our own benefit and that of others.
2019-05-18 Meeting Adversity With Love 56:11
Oren Jay Sofer
On the eve commemorating the Buddha's life and awakening, we explore how to meet the hinderances skillfully.
2019-05-19 Forgiveness And Compassion 68:29
Winnie Nazarko
This talk discusses the nature of the heart practices of metta, karuna, mudita and upekkha and how they support wise response. The heart of the talk explains forgiveness as a manifestation of wisdom and compassion.
2019-05-21 Finding Balance In Life 46:04
Oren Jay Sofer
Exploring the Brahma Viharas and equanimity as supports in life.
2019-05-21 Evening Chanting 15:28
Greg Scharf
Three chants led by Greg and Oren. 1) Sanskrit - Lokka Samasta. 2) Buddham Vande 3) May You Be filled With Loving Kindness
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