Learn how to practice Metta (Loving Kindness) meditation and become skilled in goodness. This course is suitable for those new to Metta and meditation in general, as well as those seeking to refresh their practice. To practice Metta is to cultivate mindfulness of kindness, training your attention in kind awareness that can positively transform your relationship and connection with yourself, the people around you, and all of life.
Wednesdays, 7pm-9pm; July 10, July 17, July 24, July 31, August 7
REGISTER here for all 5-weeks; no drop-ins | Fees: General $110; Members: $100 Register by July 1 for 10% Discount!
Limited scholarship funds are available to participate via a sliding fee scale. Inquire for financial assistance here: [email protected]
“This is what should be done by one who is skilled in goodness and who knows the path of peace.” – The Buddha, from the Metta Sutta
Metta is an attitude of unconditional kindness towards oneself and all of life. All beings always have this boundless quality of friendliness available within. Though it may not always be readily accessible and we may lose touch with it, we can always recover it.
Metta meditation practice is like yoga for the heart. We stretch the heart’s capacity to offer goodwill by creatively playing with whom we pay attention to and how we pay attention. Week by week, we’ll experiment with offering kind attention to ourselves, our benefactors, friends, people we don’t know, difficult people, and finally all of life.
Metta practice can relieve stress, neutralize and soothe the inner critic with self-compassion, improve relationships, dissolve feelings of loneliness, strengthen resiliency and enhance your overall ability to work, speak and live with ease.
Each 2-hour class includes talks, guided meditation practices, Q&A and group exercises. Students will be asked to maintain a daily Metta meditation practice at home. Classes will be recorded and available for students to stream.
REGISTER here by July 1 for 10% Discount!
Rachel Hammerman teaches insight meditation and is a career coach. A meditation faculty member of the Nalanda Institute for Contemplative Science, she teaches Metta on Friday afternoons at the Tibet House in NYC. She trained to teach Mindfulness with Mark Coleman and Martin Aylward’s Mindfulness Training Institute. Rachel is grateful to offer the practices and teachings as she’s received them from the leading meditation teachers in the West, including Joseph Goldstein, Sharon Salzberg, Tara Brach, Joe Loizzo, Bob Thurman and her dharma mentor, Oren Jay Sofer. Rachel graduated from the Nalanda Institute’s 2-Year Contemplative Psychotherapy Program and participated in Stanford’s Compassion Cultivation Training. As a coach, Rachel synthesizes insight meditation with 15 years of strategic communications experience to help people set career direction, grow their business and cultivate relationships with ease. She has a BA in Sociology from Tufts University and learned to meditate using the app, 10% Happier: Meditation for Fidgety Skeptics.