Start and End: 20/10/2017 - 29/10/2017
6:00 pm - 12:00 pm
An Introduction to Loving-kindness Meditation
The beautiful spirit of loving-kindness (mettā) is without limit and without barriers. In this weekend retreat, Ven. Virañani will offer a simple and direct method to develop and strengthen the heart’s natural capacity to connect with others with kindness. We will explore the spirit of mettā together, in formal practice and in the many ways that the mettā meditation can be applied in everyday life. This retreat is suitable for both beginners and experienced meditators.
Loving-kindness meditation is a deep practice in its own right as well as being immensely supportive of mindfulness-based insight practices. While mettā practice is commonly offered during mindfulness retreats, the power and depth of this beautiful practice is best accessed through periods of intensive cultivation: these open and soften the heart so that we can deeply connect with ourselves, each other, and the profound truths of the way things are. In this week of intensive living-kindness practice, Ven. Virañani will bring the traditional teachings of loving-kindness from Burma to Te Moata, offering practices both for the direct cultivation of loving-kindness and to support the development of insight. Although we will be practicing loving-kindness in an intensive retreat setting, the heart-skills that result are accessible and immediately practical in everyday life. This retreat is suitable for beginners and experienced meditators.
Ven. Vīrañāṇi began to practice meditation in 1979. In 2003, after several years spent working at the Insight Meditation Society in Massachusetts, USA, and training in in the Thai Forest tradition, she began a four-year period devoted to intensive practice in the Burmese lineage of Mahasi Sayadaw. She took permanent ordination in Burma with Sayadaw U Pandita on New Year 2006, and now resides at the Chanmyay Myaing Meditation Centre North of Yangon. She teaches loving kindness and vipassanā meditation retreats in Burma, Europe, and Australia. In 2008 she co-founded Metta In Action, a charity devoted to offering Burmese people in need the means and skills to help themselves. She is passionate about the Dhamma, about nature, and about using both to help others rediscover the intrinsic goodness in all beings.
TE MOATA COST: FOR THE FULL RETREAT $630 FOR THE WEEKEND ONLY $140 PLUS DANA FOR TEACHER. Special diet surcharge applies.
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