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Metta Retreat

Metta is the Pali term for friendship or lovingkindness. In this retreat we will develop metta as a meditation practice which cultivates our natural capacity for an open and loving heart, along with the practices of compassion, joy and equanimity. Metta practice leads to greater acceptance of ourselves and others, revealing our fundamental connectedness to all life.

2007-07-13 (8 days) Spirit Rock Meditation Center

2007-07-14 The Benefits Of Metta 53:55
Guy Armstrong
This talk explains how the practice of loving-kindness works to bring five benefits: a tender heart, the purification of heart and mind, concentration, connection to life, and happiness.
2007-07-15 Metta As Purification 65:43
Heather Martin
As we settle more into our hearts, we find our beauty. How to hold them all in friendship.
2007-07-16 Forgiveness 59:10
James Baraz
Forgiveness is an essential part of Metta practice so that the heart can stay open and the kindness flows out easily. In this talk forgiveness toward ourselves, asking and extending forgiveness with others and forgiveness towards life are explored.
2007-07-17 A Purified Heart 50:00
Sharda Rogell
Our spiritual practices allow us to reconnect with our deepest caring for our own happiness and well-being. When this is awakened, we purify our heart and our caring expands to include all beings everywhere.
2007-07-18 Mudita: Practicing Joy And Gratitude 61:01
Guy Armstrong
Appreciative joy (Mudita) is the third of the divine abidings (Brahma Viharas). When directed to oneself, it enhances the sense of gratefulness. This is an important practice because joy is an integral part of the path to liberation.
2007-07-19 "Calling All Bodhisattvas" 58:39
James Baraz
We are not practicing for ourselves alone. Everyone benefits from the fruits of our practice. This talk explores how to actively and skillfully express our compassion, held with equanimity, in the world.
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