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January Metta Retreat

Metta, or loving-kindness, practice is the cultivation of the intention of benevolence as the orientation of our heart and mind. It is also a path to wisdom. We develop our capacity for metta through meditation (practiced steadfastly on retreat) in order for it to manifest in an ongoing way in our daily lives.

In this retreat, we will learn the formal practice of metta along with its companion practices of compassion, joy, and equanimity. All four of these practices - known as the Brahma Viharas or Divine Abodes - strengthen self-confidence, self-acceptance, and steadiness of mind and heart, revealing our fundamental disposition toward kindness.

2018-01-04 (8 days) Spirit Rock Meditation Center

2018-01-06 The Process of Practicing Metta: How Metta Develops 56:08
Donald Rothberg
We look from several perspectives at the nature of metta. We then identify several ways that metta practice develops, as we deepen in samadhi (concentration); as we learn to "lead" with our awakened hearts; as we work through difficult states, emotions, and unconscious material that may block metta; as we integrate metta with our wisdom and embodiment; and as we bring our metta practice out into the world.
2018-01-08 What's Love Got to Do With It? (Retreat at Spirit Rock) 47:24
Larry Yang
Love and Non-Enlightenment
2018-01-09 Can You Wake More Up Than Up? (Retreat at Spirit Rock) 53:43
Sylvia Boorstein
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