Ehipassiko — Come and See for Yourself
Classical Teachings on Lovingkindness
Doors open at 9:30am
January 16, 2016
10:00 am - 05:00 pm
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Walk-in registration is available via cash or check.
There is nothing more precious and valuable in this world as kindness, and nothing more badly needed in our lives and our world as we face the challenges of the future. Many people are familiar with the Buddhist notion of metta, and many have experience of metta meditation retreats. Somewhat less well known may be the actual words, phrases, metaphors, and stories the Buddha uses to convey these ideas and practices in the early literature of the Pali Canon. This course takes a comprehensive look at what the early discourses and commentaries say about the practice of metta and the other brahma-viharas (compassion, empathy, equanimity), and inquires into how these practices may be best translated into our own lives today. The course is suitable for both beginners and those with considerable experience, and consists of mostly classroom lecture and discussion with some periods of silent meditation practice.
*Registration fee does not include teacher support.
Teacher support: Suggested starting donation is $30 but whatever you offer is greatly appreciated and no one is ever turned away for lack of funds. All donations go to support the teacher(s).
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Andrew Olendzki, PhD, is a Buddhist scholar, teacher, and writer living in Amherst, MA. He spent 25 years in Barre, Massachusetts, at both the Insight Meditation Society and the Barre Center for Buddhist Studies, and has taught at Amherst, Brandeis, Hampshire, Harvard, Lesley, and Smith colleges. He is the author of Unlimiting Mind: the radically experiential psychology of Buddhism (Wisdom 2010), writes regularly for Tricycle magazine, and and is the founder of the Integrated Dharma Institute, an online educational resource.