When: Friday, December 3, 2021
Time: 6:45 to 7:45 am PST
Lovingkindness Meditation is the practice of giving blessings — to one’s self, others, and all beings. It is a practice found in many spiritual traditions, and is an “anywhere, anytime” technique that is perfect for our chaotic times. One of the most soothing of the concentration practices, it is ideal for anyone who is stressed out or dealing with some sort of crisis. I recommend it to caregivers to do for those they care for and to teachers to do for their students, but it is really for everyone. In fact, the world would be a better place if more of us practiced Lovingkindness Meditation.
The workshop begins with a brief discussion of meditation and why this particular concentration practice is so beneficial. Next we look at the basic phrases used in the meditation, noting how they have changed over the years from the original translation of the Buddha’s Pali language, and at the various methods of giving the blessings. Participants will then be guided through an experience of the classical order of offering the blessings. Following the experience, there will be a question/answer and sharing time to make sure everyone feels comfortable continuing the practice on their own.