White Heron Sangha welcomes you to an afternoon program with Kevin Griffin on how to transform the idea of lovingkindness into something we can truly live with and live by.
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.
The Buddha’s teachings on lovingkindness 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.
This mini-retreat will include meditation, lecture, small group discussion, and Q&A.
Kevin Griffin is a Buddhist teacher and author 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. He reaches a broad range of audiences in dharma centers, wellness centers, and secular mindfulness settings.
His latest book is Living Kindness: Buddhist Teachings for a Troubled World.
To learn more and to see his teaching schedule, go to www.kevingriffin.net.
Sunday, October 21, 2018, 1:00PM - 4:00PM
Where: Our meditation center is in Avila Village, behind the Woodstone Marketplace, near the Bob Jones Trail:
White Heron Sangha Meditation Center, 6615 Bay Laurel Pl, Avila Beach, CA 93424 (map and pictures). Parking is alongside the buildings with overflow parking behind Blue Heron Realty. Do not park in front of Woodstone Marketplace! See the arrows for parking in the bottom photo. Our building is circled.
There is no fee for this event. These teachings are offered freely. Donations for the teacher and White Heron Sangha are appreciated.
For questions, contact Sharon Rippner, email@example.com.