The practice of metta is a journey to the center of the heart. Whether cultivating metta in daily life or in retreat, metta offers protection from being caught in an adversarial view of life. Likened to a soft rain, it relaxes the painful grip of fear and ill will. As a result, metta engenders greater trust in ourselves and others, increasing our ability to support the greater good that exists in each moment.
The Buddha taught metta or lovingkindness as a complimentary practice to Insight Meditation (Vipassana). Working together, they serve to awaken powerful healing energies that brighten and lift the mind to increasing levels of well-being, from which compassion, appreciative-joy and equanimity flow like a gentle river into our everyday lives.
This retreat will be held in Noble Silence. The daily schedule will include morning teachings, guided meditations, sitting and walking meditation, an optional afternoon discussion group and evening dharma talk. As well there will be times to rest and spend time in nature.
This retreat is appropriate for both new and experienced students.