Deepening Metta Practice: #1 Sharon Salzberg
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 can serve as an antidote to fear, anxiety, and emotional withdrawal. Indeed, metta can heighten a sense of connection with others, help us be more assertive, and transform the most difficult of relationships.
In this three-day program, Sharon Salzberg explores the practical application of lovingkindness in daily life, answering practice questions submitted prior to each 60-minute weekly session. While it may not be possible to answer every question in every session, participants will benefit from the instruction offered, deepening their understanding of the Dharma, strengthening their practice, and learning how to integrate wisdom and compassion more fully into their lives.
The course format will include meditation instruction and silent sitting, followed by student questions and Sharon Salzberg’s answers.
Registration gives participants access to all three sessions.
A note on dana (generosity)
Most IMS teachers—like insight teachers around the world—rely on the generosity of students for their livelihood, and receive no compensation from course fees. All IMS online teachers receive a modest dana advance from IMS to guarantee a minimum level of financial support. (Click here to learn more about the dana practice.) There will be an opportunity to offer a contribution to your teacher at the end of this course.
This course is online and on-demand. Registration for the live event also comes with access to the course recordings for 30 days after the course ends.
Cost is sliding scale ($179, $129, or $90) and scholarships are available. We welcome you to reach out, nobody will be turned away for lack of funds. For more information, please email [email protected]. Registration fees support the Insight Meditation Society’s work online and at our physical retreat centers in Barre, MA.
all times listed in Eastern Daylight Time EDT
Note: all sessions will be recorded and posted so you can view it later if you missed one.
Monday, August 3
4 pm - 5 pm
Monday, August 10
4 pm - 5 pm
Monday, August 17
4 pm - 5 pm