Announcing an eight day non-residential daily life retreat from White Heron Sangha
Mornings, December 23 to 30 from 8:30 to 10:00 AM at the White Heron Sangha Meditation Center, Avila Village
"Metta, a Pali word that is often translated as lovingkindness, is a wish for true happiness, for ourselves and everyone else. It is a quality of heart that is more an attitude of goodwill—wishing the other person well, but realizing that true happiness is something that ultimately each of us will have to find for him or herself." -Thanissaro Bhikkhu
The practice of metta involves rethinking the relationship of self and other, training our hearts to be open and the mind to react in a kinder way. Are you interested in starting or strengthening a kindness meditation practice? Have you ever wanted to attend a multi-day residential metta retreat but have been unable to do so?
White Heron Sangha is offering a supported eight-day non-residential daily life metta retreat. We’ll meet each morning for an hour and a half for brief instruction, practice and discussion. Participants can join in on any of the sessions, as they are able. It is not necessary to attend them all but it is recommended that everyone attend at least the first and last session. The first session will include more instruction on how to get started. The last session will bring in discussion on how the week went and how to continue this practice into the New Year. The dharma talk on Sunday evening December 23 at 6:00 pm will also be part of this mettaretreat.
The aim of the retreat is to bring metta practice not only to our sitting meditation, but also to practice kindness in everyday life activities over the week. This will be a great jump-start for bringing a mettapractice into the New Year.
The retreat will be led by Mick Malotte, who has studied and practiced Buddhist meditation for 20 years, mostly in the Vipassana and Mahamudra traditions. He graduated from Spirit Rock’s Community Dharma Leader training program and is authorized to teach by Spirit Rock Meditation Center. Mick has led a weekly “Mindfulness for Everyone” sitting group at the White Heron Sangha since 2016 and also teaches a “Mindfulness For Everyone” course series several times a year. He is currently an MBSR teacher in training and has begun teaching formal MBSR courses on the Central Coast. His main interest lies in making the deeper dharma accessible, relevant, and helpful to those engaged in modern life. Mick has been a practicing physician for over 30 years.
There is no fee for this retreat and it is open to anyone who is interested. It is suitable for those completely new to metta practice as well as to those with experience.
Registration is not required; just show up on time each morning. Email Mick Malotte at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have questions.