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Metta and Emptiness - Online

An online version our Emptiness and Metta retreat. Teachings and practices in Hebrew (by Zohar) and English (by Nathan).

2020-04-10 (6 days) SanghaSeva

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2020-04-10 Opening Talk - Metta and Emptiness 39:19
Nathan Glyde
Introducing the main concept of this retreat: sankhara-fabrication. In particular the insight that experience is 'made up' from an object in attention and an atmosphere of attention. The latter we could call the way of relating, or way of looking (as Rob Burbea teaches it). We can pay attention to different objects, and that affects expereince. We can also develop ('bhavana' = cultivate) other atmospheres or modes of attending.
2020-04-11 Day 1 Instructions - Welcoming Body in a Spacious Awareness 54:31
Nathan Glyde
Supporting steadiness, openness, and dedication in our practice. Via a spread and open awareness that is intentionally receiving–inviting–the present body sensations into the spacious awareness. Our dedication is to stay steady with it, and to re-open and re-invite, when our attention, naturally, moves away. All of this is done with a gentle atmosphere of metta–kindness.
2020-04-11 Hebrew - Metta To Self, Easy And World 37:53
Zohar Lavie
Guided Metta meditation in Hebrew
2020-04-11 Hebrew - What is Metta? 46:40
Zohar Lavie
Talk in Hebrew, about how experience is fabricated. Particularly by the way of relating of 'firing the second arrow' of 'dukkha' towards what is difficult, and how we can find a more appropriate and liberating response via a 'metta' way of relating.
2020-04-12 Hebrew - Day 2 Instructions - Relax Contraction in the Body 50:33
Zohar Lavie
In Hebrew
2020-04-12 Mettā to Self, Friend, those Suffering, and Whole World 42:14
Nathan Glyde
Guided Metta Meditation including a subtle compassionate quality as we gently include those in pain or difficulty in the world.
2020-04-12 Easing Escalation 43:28
Nathan Glyde
Skilfully meeting the hindrances to meditation and to well-being in life, by understanding the dependent origination of experience: particularly fabrication (escalation–papancha, etc.) based on reactivity to unseen vedana.
2020-04-13 Day 3 Instructions - Meeting All Passing Vedana With Spacious Awareness 54:57
Nathan Glyde
2020-04-13 Hebrew - Metta To Benefactor, Difficult Relationship, And All Beings 42:26
Zohar Lavie
Guided Metta Meditation in Hebrew
2020-04-13 Hebrew - Undoing - Lessening Fabrication 41:44
Zohar Lavie
Talk in Hebrew: Understanding how experience is fabricated leads us towards skilful ways of fabricating less dukkha, self-identity, and increasing well-being.
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