Lovingkindness, or metta, is sometimes depicted as a simple practice to “open your heart and love everybody.” A closer look at the Buddha’s teachings reveals a more complex and nuanced picture in which metta is embodied as living kindness. This six-week program will explore the Metta Sutta and other texts from the Pali Canon to explore a broader understanding of loving kindness. We will look at how these ideas can have direct benefits on our personal lives as well as deepen our experience of meditation.
In live video calls, guided meditation, and Q&A, this program will cover the following topics:
- The Metta Sutta – a close reading of this essential text.
- Self-compassion/love – challenges of loving yourself.
- Non-ill-will and Community – working with anger, aversion, etc. Living with others.
- The Five Hindrances – using the Brahmaviharas to counter the obstructions in meditation (and life).
- Love and attachment – how clinging causes suffering.
- Equanimity and Concentration – the Fourth Brahmavihara, a balanced, peaceful, and clear mind.
- Insight and Awakening – exploring the ways that metta reveals key insights and how it relates to the idea of enlightenment.