I. About the Retreat

Mettā Bhāvanā, meditation on loving-kindness, is one of the most ancient forms of Buddhist meditation practice, one that has been passed down in an unbroken line for over 2,500 years. It is also the first of the four brahmaviharas (divine abiding), with the other three being karuna (compassion), mudita (appreciative joy) and upekkha (equanimity).

The Pali word mettā is a multi-significant term meaning loving-kindness, friendliness, goodwill, benevolence, fellowship, concord, and non-violence. The Pali commentators define mettā as the strong wish for the welfare and happiness of others as well as oneself. Bhāvanā means development or cultivation. The practice of loving-kindness helps to bring happiness to the mind, and to build a good foundation for Samadhi (concentration).

The most ancient extant Buddhist collection of texts, the Pali Canon, identifies a number of benefits from the practicing of mettā meditation, including:

  • Happily one sleeps.
  • Happily one wakes.
  • Dreams no bad dreams.
  • Loved by human beings.
  • Loved by non-human beings.
  • Protected by the devas.
  • Neither fire, poison, nor weapons can harm one.
  • One’s mind gains concentration quickly.
  • One’s complexion is bright.
  • One dies unconfused.
  • If penetrating no higher, one is headed for the Brahma worlds.

The meditation retreat will include a series of well-scheduled activities, including daily Dharma talks, step-by-step instruction on practicing mettā meditation, group sitting meditation and periods of walking meditation.

II. Registration Note

  • We kindly ask that all meditation participants attend the entire retreat from start to finish. Please read the retreat general guidelines for details.
  • Please submit your application here Online registration.
  • Admission is limited to 45 participants.
  • Retreat is free of charge. As a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt religious organization, however, we welcome your generous donation. All donations are tax-deductible.
  • Sign-in: October 14th, 2016 @ 3:00- 4:50 pm
  • Retreat ends on: October 16th, 2016 @ 3:00pm

III. Time Schedules

Time 10/14(Fri) 10/15(Sat) 10/16(Sun)
04:30-05:00 Wake-up call
05:00-06:20 Meditation & Eight Precepts (Saturday Only)
06:30-08:20 Breakfast / Chores
08:30-09:00 Instruction / Meditation
09:00-09:50 Meditation
10:00-10:50 Meditation Q&A/Sharing Merit
11:00-13:20 Lunch & Rest Lunch/
13:30-14:20 12 Stretch Forms Cleaning up
14:30-15:00 Instruction / Meditation Departure
15:00-15:50 Check in Meditation
16:00-16:50 Q&A
17:00-17:50 Introductory Walking Meditation
18:00-19:20 Personal time
19:30-21:20 Meditation/Dharma talk & Sharing Merit
21:20-21:30 Nighttime Preparation/Light out