Through immersing ourselves in Sangharakshita's commentary on the Karaniya Metta Sutta, we will explore the central and indispensable Buddhist meditation practice of metta bhavana – the cultivation of boundless loving-kindness.
In the Karaniya Metta Sutta, the Buddha explains the preparation, practice and fruit of the metta bhavana meditation and Sangharakshita’s commentary brings this vividly to life for us.
This retreat will provide the opportunity to look at what we need to do for all our activities to be the expression of unbounded loving-kindness.
Just as a mother protects with her life her child – her only child –
Bring forth an all-embracing (loving) mind.
Bring forth unbounded love for all the world:
Above, below, across, in every way,
Love unobstructed; without any enmity.
Standing or moving, sitting, lying down,
Whatever you are doing, (be) free of laziness and
Wield this mindfulness of boundless love:
For this is what wise men call: ‘Abiding in the Divine’.
Karaniya Metta Sutta
Study on the Retreat
Please arrive having read Living with Kindness. Available from Windhorse.
Details and Timings
The retreat starts with dinner on the first day at 6:30pm and finishes on the final day at 10.15am.
After an initial deposit this retreat is run on the basis of dana, there will be an opportunity to make a donation at the end of the retreat if you choose to.
Please give generously if you are able to, to help with the running and development of Padmaloka.
Banner and thumbnail image: cropped painting by Aloka © from the Padmaloka Shrine Room