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Retreat Dharma Talks

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. All are welcome!

2022-05-18 (8 days) Insight Meditation Society - Retreat Center

2022-05-20 Metta instructions in guided meditation 58:14
Oren Jay Sofer
Overview of Metta practice with instructions for working with the benefactor
2022-05-21 Morning instructions – Metta and dear friend 49:56
Devin Berry
Instructions for working with a dear friend. Guided practice
2022-05-21 Compassion 57:11
Winnie Nazarko
The importance of compassion in the Buddhist path. Discussion of its relationship to Metta, and a description of its near and far enemies. Examples of its applicability including in the situation in Ukraine
2022-05-22 Metta instructions for the "neutral person" 53:34
Winnie Nazarko
2022-05-24 Equanimity 67:43
Winnie Nazarko
This talk addresses the quality of equanimity – what it is and is not – and how to cultivate it
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