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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.
2011-07-15 (8 days) Spirit Rock Meditation Center

  
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2011-07-16 Self and Benefactor 58:23
  Kamala Masters
First day instructions, guided meditation and walking meditation instruction
2011-07-16 Loving Kindness; Reflecting on our Goodness 36:17
  Guy Armstrong
2011-07-16 Relaxing into Kindness 54:40
  Sally Clough Armstrong
Intensive metta practice can be challenging on many levels - body, heart and mind. One of the most supportive things we can do to deepen the intention of love and kindness is to consciously and deliberately relax; truly relax in mind and body.
2011-07-17 Metta: Self and Benefactor 51:01
  Sally Clough Armstrong
2011-07-17 Forgiveness: The Fifth Brahma Vihara 43:44
  Kamala Masters
2011-07-17 Metta: Near and Far Enemies 59:27
  Guy Armstrong
Metta (loving kindness) practice leads us into the exploration of all of the heart's responses to life. Especially good grounds for understanding are in the experience of loving kindness, its near enemy of affection with attachment, and its far enemy of ill will.
2011-07-18 Loving Kindness, Movement of the Heart 46:01
  Guy Armstrong
Friend; Near and Far Enemies
2011-07-18 Brahma Vihara: Karuna/compassion 49:22
  Sally Clough Armstrong
2011-07-18 Whose Love is it Anyway? 57:37
  James Baraz
Although metta practice can seem dualistic (me sending love to others) it is really an anatta practice that reveals the selfless nature of reality. The love that connects us isn't owned by anyone. This talk includes two guided meditations: 1) metta towards self and 2) seeing ourselves as part of a lineage of benefactors-the love and caring we receive from others passing through us to those we care about and support.
2011-07-19 Metta Instructions: The Neutral Person 50:25
  James Baraz
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