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Living Kindness: Buddhist Teachings for a Troubled World
A Daylong Meditation Retreat with Kevin Griffin

Saturday, September 16, 2017
First Unitarian Universalist Church, San Diego, CA, Common Room
Space is limited, register early!

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.

Kevin 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.

On this daylong we will:

  • Explore several suttas that will open up our understanding of lovingkindess;
  • Practice metta as well as mindfulness meditation; and
  • Look at how these teachings and practices can transform the way we live in the world through the commitment to non-ill will and selfless activity.

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. More information about Kevin is available on Kevin's website http://www.kevingriffin.net.

Retreat Cost:

$30 in advance, $35 at the door. Registration required. Scholarship funds are available should finances be an obstacle. Please visit our Scholarships page for additional information.


First Unitarian Universalist Church, San Diego, CA, Common Room

Carpooling encouraged, limited street parking available. Lot parking available at the Montecito lot.

Date & Times:

September 16, 2017, Time: 9am - 4pm

What to Bring:

  • Comfortable clothes, hat for walking outdoors.
  • Bag lunch and water.
  • Chairs, zafus, and zabutons will be provided. If you have a favorite cushion or pillow, please bring it.

What not to Bring:

  • Cell phones and technology - leave in your car in respect of the retreat experience for you and other participants.
  • Refrain from using perfumed or scented soap, lotion, shampoo, conditioner, hair product, or any other scent. Some participants are sensitive to strong scents.


Please contact Irene at irene@insightsd.org.

Other Upcoming Retreats

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  • Date: April 6-8, 2018
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