The practice of lovingkindness, or mettā in Pali, is a learned practice that softens our hearts. Without guidance, it can take some meditators years to experience mettā in an embodied way. This retreat is intended as both an introduction to and a deepening of our embodied practice of the brahmavihārās of mettā, compassion, muditā (sympathetic joy), and equanimity. We will begin by learning and strengthening our capacity for sending embodied mettā internally to ourselves. A regular practice of embodied self-mettā can enhance our overall sense of well-being with residual benefits that endure and suffuse our daily life beyond the sitting period. Embodied self-mettā is also a particularly supportive practice during difficult times, as it can naturally transform into self-compassion. As we develop our capacity to experience self-mettā viscerally, we will explore using it as a foundational practice for extending all four brahmavihārās externally to others from an embodied, heart-felt place. By the end of the retreat, we will use embodied self-mettā as a foundation for radiating all four of the brahmavihārās, as taught by the Buddha in the Pali Canon, outwards in all directions to all beings.
Noble silence will be observed following the evening session through breakfast the following morning and during practice periods during the day.
This course is suitable for both beginning and experienced practitioners.
Three spaces will be held for self-identified BIPOC participants until eight weeks before this course begins when they will be released generally. Therefore, we encourage you to join the waitlist even if the course appears full as additional spaces may become available. Please see our diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) policies for more information.
As we work to become a more inclusive, equitable, and diverse community, we invite feedback/suggestions you may have regarding ways that we can make participation in the program more accessible and welcoming; please email us at email@example.com.