(Every Two Month) Open group loving kindness meditation practice
- Location : Buddhist Library
- Start Date and Time : 25/02/2017 05:00 pm
- Finish Date and Time : 28/10/2017 06:00 pm
- Event Speaker : Facilitator: Su Sian Teh and Amy Shortland
- Enquiries or Contact : email@example.com 9519 6054
- Organising Entity : Buddhist Library
Once every two month on the last Saturday of the month in Feb, April, June, August and October 2017
February 2017 sessions
25th February 5pm-6pm
22nd April 5pm-6pm
Come and join us in a group loving kindness meditation (metta circle) at the Buddhist Library. 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!
Who should attend?
This event is open to the general public and anyone is very welcome. Everyone can benefit, whether you’re an absolute beginner or a very experienced meditator.
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 much easier.
The session will run for about 1 hour.
We look forward to meditating with you! Please keep an eye on the Buddhist library website, subscribe to the Buddhist library newsletter or contact us to subscribe to reminder emails of upcoming 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.
Facilitators: Su Sian Teh and Amy Shortland