https://cambridgeinsight.org/product/metta-loving-kindness-retreat-online-2/ Online event
Boston, MA 02110
Classes, Lectures & Conferences, Rainy Day Ideas, Social Good, Virtual
The Pali word metta is translated as Loving-Kindness or boundless friendliness. It is a sincere and heartfelt wish for the peace and happiness of ourselves and others. Metta is not a feeling; rather it is an intention that can be practiced and sustained. Each of us has the inherent capacity to strengthen this quality in our own hearts and minds. Through practice it becomes our dwelling place where we feel “at home”, not merely a place we visit on occasion. In cultivating metta, we directly experience a fundamental kindness as the very ground of our being.
This program will be held online via Zoom. All registrants will receive the link to join the program in their Order Confirmation email. Times are ET.
The Buddha taught metta as a specific antidote to fear and anger. It is an invaluable practice in the midst of the unexpected changes and challenges in life. In times of uncertainty and pain, metta practice helps us to work with habitual patterns such as anxiety and doubt. The fruit of the systematic practice of metta is twofold: steadiness and tranquility which strengthen the mind, and sensitivity and openness which soften the heart.
This is an opportunity for those new and experienced to learn and to deepen in their understanding of metta in the context of community. Our time together will include guided mediation periods, talks and time for discussion and questions. Everyone is welcome.
Full and partial scholarships are available up to 72 hours before the start of the program.
Narayan Helen Liebenson is a guiding teacher at the Cambridge Insight Meditation Center where she has been teaching since it opened its doors in 1985. She is also one of the guiding teachers at IMS (the Insight Meditation Society) in Barre, Massachusetts. Narayan is the author of a small book entitled Life as Meditation, and The Magnanimous Heart; Compassion and Love, Loss and Grief, Joy and Liberation (Jan. 2019). Her training includes over 35 years in the Theravada tradition as well as ten years in the Chan tradition with the late Master Sheng-yen. She finds it a joy and a privilege to share the Buddha’s teachings with all who are interested.