Daylong Retreat with Kevin Griffin

Living Kindness: Buddhist Teachings for a Troubled World

Lovingkindness, or metta, is sometimes depicted as a simple “open your heart and love everybody” practice, but a closer look at the Buddha’s teachings reveals a more complex and nuanced picture. In a time of great conflict and contention in our society, it can be extremely valuable to see how the Buddha addressed these relevant topics:

  • the challenges of living with other people;
  • the risk of hating anyone, even your enemies;
  • and the dangers inherent to conventional loving relationships.

He uses his teachings on lovingkindness to emphasize the importance of sila, or ethical behavior, the potential for opening into deeper meditative states of peace and equanimity, and the importance of developing a non-discriminating, unconditional love on the path of awakening.

The retreat will include meditation, lecture, small group discussion, and Q&A.


Kevin Griffin is an internationally respected Buddhist teacher known for his innovative work connecting dharma and recovery, especially through his 2004 book One Breath at a Time: Buddhism and the Twelve Steps. He has been a Buddhist practitioner for over thirty-five years and a teacher for two decades. With teachings firmly based in the Theravada Buddhist tradition, he reaches a broad range of audiences in dharma centers, wellness centers, and secular mindfulness settings.

His upcoming book, Living Kindness: Buddhist Teachings for a Troubled World, draws from early Buddhist teachings in the Pali Canon.

Date & Time:

June 16 2018, 9 am - 4 pm


The First Unitarian Universalist Church, 4190 Front St., San Diego

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