Metta: Lovingkindness Retreat with Sharon Salzberg, Winnie Nazarko, Greg Scharf and Oren J Sofer - 21SS0

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Oren Jay Sofer

Oren Jay Sofer is a nationally recognized teacher of meditation, mindfulness and Nonviolent Communication. A member of the Spirit Rock Teachers Council, he holds a degree in Comparative Religion from Columbia Uni...
Both Webinar and Meeting Format (Some program sessions allow you to see and hear only the teacher, while other program sessions will allow you to see and hear the teacher as well as other program participants).

Metta is the Pali word for friendship or lovingkindness. It is taught as a meditation that cultivates our natural capacity for an open and loving heart. With its roots in practices said to have been taught by the Buddha himself, metta is traditionally offered along with meditations that enrich compassion, joy in the happiness of others, and equanimity. These practices lead to the development of concentration, fearlessness, happiness, and a greater ability to love. 

Open to both new and experienced meditators, this retreat includes instructions for sitting and walking meditation practice, Q&A, and talks about the teachings. Mindful movement is offered by Calia Marshall. All are welcome! 

Fees
For this program, sliding scale fees are $200, $325, or $500. Please select the highest rate you can reasonably afford. We also offer a scholarship fee of $100, and no-fee enrollment for those who request a fee-waiver. Our “Pay What You Can Afford" system supports the cultivation of a dynamic and inclusive community and contributes to the health and vibrancy of the sangha. Email [email protected] for more information or to request a no-fee enrollment.

Teacher Support
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Daily Schedule - all times listed in Eastern Time ET:
Note: all sessions (except movement) will be recorded and posted so you can view it later if you missed one. (Note: evening chanting and the two Q&R sessions will have the audio only recorded and made available on Dharma Seed)

Wednesday, May 19
7 - 8:30 pm - Opening Session - Sharon, Oren, Greg, Winnie, Calia
9 - 9:30 pm - Sitting Meditation & Chanting - Winnie

Thursday, May 20 
10 - 11 am - Meditation Instructions - Oren
1:30 - 2:30 pm - Mindful Movement with Calia 
4 - 5 pm - Guided Meditation & Q&A - with Sharon
7 - 8 pm - Dharma Talk - Greg
8:45 - 9:30 pm - Sitting Meditation & Chanting - Oren

Friday, May 21
10 - 11 am - Meditation Instructions - Greg
11:30 - 12:15 pm - Q&R - Winnie
1:30 - 2:30 pm - Mindful Movement with Calia 
4 - 5 pm - Guided Meditation & Q&A - with Sharon
7 - 8 pm - Dharma Talk - Oren
8:45 - 9:30 pm - Sitting Meditation & Chanting - Oren

Saturday, May 22
10 - 11 am - Meditation Instructions - Oren
1:30 - 2:30 pm - Mindful Movement with Calia
4 - 5 pm - Guided Meditation & Q&A - with Sharon
7 - 8 pm - Dharma Talk - Winnie
8:45 - 9:30 pm - Sitting Meditation & Chanting - Greg

Sunday, May 23
10 - 11 am - Meditation Instructions - Winnie
11:30 - 12:15 pm - Q&R - Greg
1:30 - 2:30 pm - Mindful Movement with Calia
4 - 5 pm - Guided Meditation & Q&A - with Sharon
7 - 8 pm - Dharma Talk - Winnie, Greg, Oren
8:45 - 9:30 pm - Sitting Meditation & Chanting - Greg

Monday, May 24
10 - 11:30 am - Closing Session - Winnie, Greg, Oren, Calia


Sample schedule for home practice listed in Eastern Time ET (please adjust for your time) 
Wednesday
Opening Session: 7:00 - 8:30 pm ET

Walking or movement: 8:30 - 9:00 pm
Sitting meditation: 9:00 - 9:30 pm 

Thursday – Sunday
7:00  - 7:45 am Sitting meditation
7:45  -  10 am Breakfast  (Personal practice / Attend to daily life)
10:00 - 11:00 am Group Session 1: Meditation Instructions
11:00 - 11:30 am Walking meditation
11:30 - 12:00 pm Sitting meditation
12:00 - 1:30 pm Lunch (Personal practice / Attend to daily life)
1:30  - 2:30 pm Group Session 2: Mindful Movement
2:30  - 4:00 pm Personal Practice (sitting, walking, daily life)
4:00  - 5:00 pm Group Session 3: Guided Meditation & Q&A with Sharon
5:00  - 5:30 pm Walking or sitting meditation?
5:30  - 7:00 pm Dinner (Personal practice / Attend to daily life)
7:00  - 8:00 pm Group Session 4: Dharma Talk
8:00  - 8:45 pm Walking meditation
8:45  - 9:30 pm Group Session 5: Sitting meditation with Chanting
9:30 pm Further practice or rest

Monday, May 24:
7:00  - 7:45 am Sitting meditation
7:45  -  10 am Breakfast  (Personal practice / Attend to daily life)
10:00 - 11:30 am Closing Session

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