• May all sentient beings have happy minds!

Whatever precious jewel there is in the heavenly worlds, there is nothing comparable to one who is Awakened.
-The Buddha

End of year Open Group Loving-kindness Meditation and Lunch

  • Location : Buddhist Library
  • Start Date and Time : 04/12/2016 12:00 pm
  • Finish Date and Time : 04/12/2016 03:30 pm
  • Event Speaker : Kate Deakin
  • Enquiries or Contact : 02 9519 6054 info@buddhistlibrary.org.au
  • Organising Entity : Buddhist Library

Description

Sunday 4 December 12pm-3.30pm approx. Open to the general public.

 

Come and join us for a group loving kindness meditation (metta circle) at the Buddhist Library and end of year social lunch. We will be listening to recorded guided loving kindness meditations together.

 

What is loving-kindness meditation?

Loving kindness meditation helps us develop positive emotions and it makes you feel really good. It has a greater effect in a group – the larger the group, the greater the effect. This is a really positive thing we can do for ourselves, each other and for others. Past and regular attendees have reported great benefits!

 

Everyone is very welcome, including people who have never attended before.

 

Not a Buddhist? Doesn’t matter! This kind of meditation is not exclusively Buddhist.

New to meditation? This event is suitable for both beginners and experienced meditators. The meditations will guide us together the whole way. Even if you’ve never meditated before at the very least you can come and feel the positive vibes. You never know what might happen!

 

Don’t think you’re a very loving person? Everyone has the potential to develop this, we just need to open to the possibility and be willing to work gradually with where we’re at. Meditating in a group can make it easier.

 

The details

We will meditate for 45 – 60 mins, followed by an extended lunch at around 1 and another group meditation after lunch to end the session (also 45 – 60 mins). If you don’t want to stay the whole time you are welcome to stay for just the first meditation and lunch or just the lunch and final meditation if that suits you.

 

Please bring a plate of food to share or feel free just to bring your own or go to one of the local cafes if you prefer.

 

This will be a great opportunity to get to know each other better. We look forward to meditating with and getting to know you!

Please keep an eye on the Buddhist library website events page, subscribe to the Buddhist library newsletter or contact us to subscribe to reminder emails of future loving kindness meditation events.

 

The Buddha on the advantages of loving kindness:

1. “He sleeps in comfort. 2. He awakes in comfort. 3. He sees no evil dreams. 4. He is dear to human beings. 5. He is dear to non-human beings. 6. Devas (gods) protect him. 7. Fire, poison, and sword cannot touch him. 8. His mind can concentrate quickly. 9. His countenance is serene. 10. He dies without being confused in mind. 11. If he fails to attain arahantship (the highest sanctity) here and now, he will be reborn in the brahma-world. [Access to Insight – Discourse on Advantages of Loving-kindness]

In 2014 Professor James Doty, Director, Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education Stanford, gave a talk at the Buddhist library on ‘The effect of loving kindness on our hearts and minds’ – click here for video recording of this talk. Some of the effects of loving kindness and compassion meditation included increased happiness, decrease in stress hormones, improved immune function, activation of the brain’s pleasure centres, and improved health and longevity. For more info see Professor Doty’s talk, an article by Professor Doty and 18 Science-Backed Reasons to Try Loving-Kindness Meditation. See also Studies reveal group meditation can lower crime rates, suicide rates, and car accidents in surrounding cities

Facilitator: Kate Deakin

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