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.
Vipassana meditation teacher and author
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 Love: The Art of Mindful Connection. Sharon’s writing has also been published in The Sun magazine, on Huffington Post, and been featured in O, The Oprah Magazine.View Bio Page
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.
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About 1440 Multiversity
Beautifully nestled in the California redwoods near Santa Cruz, our 75-acre campus is within easy reach of San Francisco and Silicon Valley.
1440 Multiversity is a place to spend time engaging some of life’s most meaningful personal questions and to enjoy, restore, and reenergize yourself as you do it.
You’ll find new energy through immersion learning—setting aside daily urgencies and dedicating uninterrupted time to focus on important, but often elusive, priorities. Our unique collaboration with world-class faculty coupled with an original, inspirational curriculum and magnificent grounds make this a place like no other. Add in fresh, redwood-scented air, delicious and healthy food, deep reflection, fun exercise, and good sleep and you’ve pretty much captured what you’ll experience here.
At 1440 Multiversity, you’ll find a wide range of accommodations to meet your preferences and budget. All of our rooms have been thoughtfully designed to provide comfort, promote reflection, and foster connection with others.
Accommodation rates include more than just the bed you sleep in.
Per-person per-night rates include:
- nourishing locally sourced, seasonal meals
- daily meditation and yoga classes
- non-ticketed evening events
- use of all facilities, including the Fitness Center, steam rooms, and infinity-edge hot tub.
Guests also enjoy access to woodland trails, cafés, and shops.