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July Metta Retreat

2019-07-10 (10 days) Spirit Rock Meditation Center

2019-07-11 Day 1: Brahma Vihara Practice (Retreat at Spirit Rock) - Starting the Loving Kindness Meditation 57:15
Tempel Smith
After learning to develop a kind and patient awareness of our breath and body, we have the basis to begin the traditional Loving Kindness meditation practice of repeating phrases of kindness towards our most easy being for whom we care.
2019-07-13 Day 3: Patience and Determination for Metta 54:52
Bonnie Duran
This talk offers the Paramis to support the strengthening of Metta practice.
2019-07-14 Day 4: Metta and Samadhi (Retreat at Spirit Rock) 62:34
Tempel Smith
How does samadhi--the unification of the heart--develop with metta practice? And how can we use the absorption factors in metta practice to help us develop deeper metta adsorptions?
2019-07-15 Day 5: Sit with Instructions (Retreat at Spirit Rock) - Loving Kindness for Unfamiliar Beings 55:13
Tempel Smith
We have never met most of the living beings on our planet (and beyond), and many we have met we don’t know all that well. As we expand our loving kindness practice to include all beings we have to consciously learn how to actively care for those we don’t know well. Rather than having the typical challenge of reactivity, this group of beings is hard to love precisely because we don’t know them well. If we have learned to care for a larger group of friends and community members, then this next larger group is more accessible.
2019-07-15 Day 5 Brahma Vihara Practice: Equanimity (Retreat at Spirit Rock) - Starting the Equanimity Meditation 62:10
Tempel Smith
Taking the most wisdom to access, the Equanimity Brahma Vihara practice gets is strength from a brave willingness to intimately see all truths. If we suspend out preferences for health and happiness, and away from pain and sorrow, we can bring our loving hearts in direct contact with what we see if true. Life is an ever changing and uncontrollable mix of gain and loss, pleasure and pain, and praise and blame. When we can rest in Equanimity Brahma Vihara we can hold all truths at the same time in one space of heart.
2019-07-16 Day 6: Reflections on Metta and Equanimity (Retreat at Spirit Rock) 56:52
Gullu Singh
2019-07-18 Day 8: Metta and the Many Beautiful Qualities of Heart (Retreat at Spirit Rock) 60:25
Tempel Smith
When we develop the Brahma Viharas, we also develop many beautiful qualities of heart named the Paramis, such as Generosity, Harmlessness and Renunciation.
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