Loving-Kindness (Metta) Meditation Retreat
with DaeJa Napier
2014 February 14 – 16
(Friday 6:00 PM – Sunday 11:00 AM)
Praxis Retreat House, Telephone TX
May I be free from all forms of danger and harm
May I have mental happiness
May I have physical happiness
May I have ease of well-being
This retreat will focus on cultivating mindfulness and metta (loving-kindness).
The practice of metta (loving kindness) softens the heart and strengthens the mind. It is profound medicine for wounds suffered throughout existence associated with fear and ill will. With metta as a practice one experiences more confidence in the possibility of life lived free of incessant fear and defensiveness. As a result, the heart naturally feels more at ease – opening to all that is nourishing and supportive of a sense of safety, balance, affection and trust in oneself, others and the world we share.
The schedule will include reflections and instructions, periods of sitting and walking meditation, an optional afternoon discussion period and an evening dharma talk.
This retreat is appropriate for new and experienced students. Those new to the practice of mindfulness can expect to leave with confidence in their ability to apply what they have learned in daily life.
(includes two nights lodging and meals)
Send registration to:
North Dallas Vipassana Meditation Group
5205 EASTGATE LN
For more information on the practice of metta (loving-kindness), explore these resources available on the Brahmaviharas.org website:
• Metta (article)
• Reflections on Loving-Kindness (MP3 audio, 54 minutes)
• Guided Meditation on Lovingkindness (MP3 audio, 45 minutes)
DaeJa Napier is the founding and guiding teacher of the Brahma-Vihara Foundation. She teaches Vipassana meditation with an emphasis on the cultivation of the four Brahma Viharas: loving kindness, compassion, appreciative joy and equanimity. She has been practicing and studying in various Buddhist traditions since 1974. Her root teacher is the late Zen Master Seung Sahn. Her practice continues to be enriched through intensive practice under the guidance of Asian and Western teachers including Sayadaw U Pandita, Pa Auk Sayadaw and her western mentor, Joseph Goldstein. DaeJa has dedicated her life to exploring the traditional pathways to awakening and their application in daily life. Her conveyance of the Buddhist teachings and related practices reflect the more than 40 years spent raising five children while maintaining a formal practice.
DaeJa responds to dharma students with intuitive precision and insight, mirroring nuances of the awakening process that unfold naturally when practicing vipassana (insight meditation) and the brahma-viharas.