METTA MEDITATION

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This class is facilitated by Linda Collins, Ph.D., Mary Mulvahill, Ph.D., and Jeffrey Maloney, Ph.D. During our sessions we will learn and practice the cultivation of lovingkindness, or Metta.  We will explore and find classical or individualized phrases, wishing ourselves, friends and family, strangers, difficult people, and all sentient beings safety, happiness, and ease of living.  We will listen to talks by prominent Metta teachers, practice their techniques, and discuss.  We will support each other in the practice and manifestation of metta in our daily lives.  Each member of the class is expected to practice metta daily, in between class session.  There will be 7 classes and one half-day metta retreat.

We will listen to audio recordings of Sharon Salzberg’s dharma teaching on metta:  LOVINGKINDNESS MEDITATION, LEARNING TO LOVE THROUGH INSIGHT MEDITATION (available here at Sounds True).  We also recommend, but will not read and follow in class, her books:  Lovingkindness: The Revolutionary Art of Happiness (Shambhala Classics) and A Heart As Wide As The World.  As an introduction to several of the fundamental terms used in the teachings, Joseph Goldstein describes consciousness, mindfulness/awareness, and wisdom in the talk Clarification of Terms.

New Location!

All classes will be held at the First Unitarian Universalist Church, 4190 Front St, San Diego.  Class times are 7-8:30 pm except for 10/22 which is 1-4:00 pm.

See the calendar below for specific class dates.

Please review the Kindness and Respect Practices.  The most important thing in a sangha is to feel safe.  These guidelines help provide a context in which safety and respect will flourish.

Please contact Jeffrey Maloney with questions about the class.

Class Facilitator Information

Linda Collins, Ph.D.

Linda Collins facilitated the Metta series sponsored by Insight San Diego last Fall, 2015. She is a Clinical Psychologist and has a longtime Vipassana meditation practice. She has completed training through the UCLA, Mindful Awareness Research Center, as a Certified Mindfulness Facilitator and integrates mindfulness and compassion practice with psychotherapy. Linda also is part of the planning committee for the Buddhist Studies Series in San Diego.

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Seating is limited. After registering you'll receive emails containing class information and other announcements.

Following a 2,500 year tradition known as Dana, the teachings and meditation sessions represented on this website are offered on a generosity (dana) basis.  No one will be denied because they cannot pay. We are encouraging members to pay what their budget and hearts of generosity allow, and/or to sign up for monthly giving on our Donations page.

CALENDAR
CLASS
DATE
DISCUSSION TOPIC FACILITATOR(S)
1 9/14/16 Overview: Introduction to Metta Practice Jeff Maloney, Mary Mulvihill
2 9/21/16 Yourself - The Four Phrases Linda Collins, Jeff Maloney, Mary Mulvihill
3 9/28/16 Metta For a Benefactor Linda Collins, Jeff Maloney, Mary Mulvihill
4 10/5/16 Metta For a Friend Linda Collins, Jeff Maloney, Mary Mulvihill
5 10/12/16 Metta For a Neutral Person Linda Collins, Jeff Maloney, Mary Mulvihill
6 10/19/16 Metta For a Dificult Person Linda Collins, Jeff Maloney, Mary Mulvihill
7 10/22/16 Half Day of Metta, 1-4 P.M. Linda Collins, Jeff Maloney, Mary Mulvihill
8 10/26/16 Final Class - Metta For All Beings Linda Collins, Jeff Maloney, Mary Mulvihill