21 July 2020
28 July 2020
4 August 2020
11 August 2020
Metta or Loving Kindness meditation is a traditional Buddhist practice that actively cultivates the mental qualities of love and kindness. It inclines the mind to direct feelings of kindness and care towards oneself and others, and it also trains the mind to let go of unhelpful habitual tendencies. This practice has the capacity to transform how we fundamentally relate to ourselves and the world around us.
This 4-week course provides step-by-step guidance in the practice of loving kindness meditation based on traditional Buddhist approaches. It is suited for those with or without prior meditation experience. The sessions will include discussion of topics relating to loving kindness, meditation instructions and time for group meditation practice. The course will be delivered live online via Zoom and participants will have opportunities to ask questions about their meditation practice as the course progresses.
The course is limited to 20 places. Registration is essential, and all participants must commit to at least 30 minutes of loving kindness meditation practice each day for the 4 weeks of the course. This allows participants to establish familiarity with the practice and to seek feedback during the course.
Dr Chien Hoong Gooi is a teacher of Buddhism and Buddhist meditation in the insight and mindfulness traditions. By profession, he is a Clinical Psychologist and works primarily in the training of postgraduate level Clinical Psychology students at the University of NSW. Chien also previously served as a board member of the Buddhist Library and as the Buddhist Chaplain at the UNSW.
All Sessions are by Donation (Dana) to the Buddhist Library. All donations to the Buddhist Library of $2 and over are tax deductible.
Dana is the traditional practice of generosity, the extending of one’s goodwill, which is fundamental to Buddhism and other spiritual traditions. The dana you give helps to maintain the Library and allows it to offer more teachings on the Dhamma so that others may benefit in the future. It is up to each person to determine the amount of dana they’d like to offer. We understand that this is a difficult time financially for many, and people will give what they can. An appropriate dana can’t be prescribed but requires sensitivity to its intent and to the individual’s own situation, as well as awareness of the cost of organising events and supporting teachers who spread the Dhamma.