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Lovingkindness Retreat

1440 Multiversity 800 Bethany Drive Scotts Valley,CA 95066

Lovingkindness is a meditation that cultivates our natural capacity for an open and loving heart.

Although frequently denigrated in our culture as simplistic and weak, the quality of kindness has an inherent power to transform our worldview from one of fear and isolation to one rooted in clarity, courage, compassion, and genuine happiness. Lovingkindness is traditionally offered with meditations that enrich compassion, joy in the happiness of others, and equanimity.

Renowned meditation teacher Sharon Salzberg will guide you in the experience and cultivation of these qualities and you will learn:

  • The practice of lovingkindness with classical techniques in modern idiom
  • The applications and effects of a consistent practice of lovingkindness
  • The relevance of right intention, right speech, and right action in cultivating kindness in our hearts and minds.

Lovingkindness meditation is also referred to as “metta,” which means friendship, gentle, or lovingkindness in Pali, the language of the original Buddhist teachings. Metta is like a gentle rain that falls indiscriminately upon everything. It is a steady, unconditional sense of connection that touches all beings without exception, including oneself.

The Buddha first taught metta as an antidote to fear, which is still useful for us today. It also helps us develop greater concentration, access fearlessness, and deepen our capacity to love—in a meditation practice and throughout our daily lives.

 

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Sharon Salzberg

May 26-28, 2017
Friday-Sunday, 2 nights

$ 360  Tuition

Plus 2 nights all-inclusive accommodations priced separately below.

Register

Program Description

Lovingkindness is a meditation that cultivates our natural capacity for an open and loving heart.

Although frequently denigrated in our culture as simplistic and weak, the quality of kindness has an inherent power to transform our worldview from one of fear and isolation to one rooted in clarity, courage, compassion, and genuine happiness. Lovingkindness is traditionally offered with meditations that enrich compassion, joy in the happiness of others, and equanimity.

Renowned meditation teacher Sharon Salzberg will guide you in the experience and cultivation of these qualities and you will learn:

  • The practice of lovingkindness with classical techniques in modern idiom
  • The applications and effects of a consistent practice of lovingkindness
  • The relevance of right intention, right speech, and right action in cultivating kindness in our hearts and minds.

Lovingkindness meditation is also referred to as “metta,” which means friendship, gentle, or lovingkindness in Pali, the language of the original Buddhist teachings. Metta is like a gentle rain that falls indiscriminately upon everything. It is a steady, unconditional sense of connection that touches all beings without exception, including oneself.

The Buddha first taught metta as an antidote to fear, which is still useful for us today. It also helps us develop greater concentration, access fearlessness, and deepen our capacity to love—in a meditation practice and throughout our daily lives.

 

Faculty Bio

Sharon Salzberg

Sharon Salzberg, one of America‰’s most well-known Buddhist meditation teachers and authors, has been leading meditation retreats throughout the world for more than three decades. She began teaching vipassana (insight) meditation when she returned from intensive studies in India in the early 1970s.

With Joseph Goldstein and Jack Kornfield, Sharon cofounded the Insight Meditation Society (IMS) in Barre, Massachusetts, which has since become one of the most prominent and active meditation centers in the West. She and Joseph Goldstein expanded their vision by cofounding the Barre Center for Buddhist Studies (BCBS), and the Forest Refuge, a long-term retreat center.

A New York Times best-selling author, Sharon focuses her teachings on both vipassana and the deep and profound practice of metta (lovingkindness) meditation. Her numerous books include Lovingkindness: The Revolutionary Art of Happiness; Faith: Trusting Your Own Deepest Experience; A Heart as Wide as the World; and the bestseller Real Happiness: The Power of Meditation‰, A 28-Day Program. Her newest book is Real Happiness at Work: Meditations for Accomplishment, Achievement, and Peace. Sharon‰’s writing has also been published in The Sun magazine, on Huffington Post, and been featured in O, The Oprah Magazine.

Why Attend

  • Step away from the obligations, distractions, and expectations that so often characterize modern life and relax into the energy of lovingkindness toward yourself and all beings.

  • Nourish yourself with compassionate meditations and exercises to soften the heart, relieve stress, and increase your capacity for giving and receiving love.

  • Cultivate qualities of fearlessness, courage, and clarity with meditations that have been practices for thousands of years.

Things to Know

  • Program Schedule

    Download a sample schedule.

  • Prerequisites

    None required.

  • Experience Level

    None required.

Accommodations

Suites
Spacious rooms with additional seating and special touches.
From $330 per person per night based on double occupancy.*

Traditional Double
Tastefully designed rooms with a range of bed sizes.
From $190 per person per night based on double occupancy.*

Standard Single
Affordable solo comfort with a shared hall bathroom.**
From $175.

Standard Double
Affordable comfort with a hall bathroom.
From $160 per person per night based on double occupancy.*

Pods
Modern, Asian-style sleeping space for 8 with twin beds.
Available for booking in Fall 2017.
From $140 per person per night.*

Commuter Pass
Register for a program without spending the night. Includes all meals + use of campus amenities. Limited availability.
From $95 per program night.***

Accommodation rates include more than just the bed you sleep in. Per-person per-night rates include:

  • nourishing farm-to-table meals
  • daily meditation and yoga classes
  • non-ticketed evening events
  • use of all facilities, including the fitness center, steam rooms, and whirlpool.

Guests also enjoy access woodland trails, and enjoy cafés, shops, and evening programs.

*Plus tax. Includes meals, activities, and services. There is an additional charge to book a room privately.
**Plus tax. Includes meals, activities, and services. Limited availability.
***Plus tax. A program night starts upon check-in and goes through lunchtime of the following day (roughly 24 hrs).

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