This Sunday at Alameda Sangha I'll be talking about the unfolding of lovingkindness practice and its relationship to concentration. Because the potential of the heart is boundless, lovingkindness also knows no bounds, and it is possible for the heart to keep stretching and opening in ways that defy the imagination.
This week I'll be discussing how metta practice (lovingkindness) is worked with in a long retreat, and the kinds of benefits that come with it. This includes touching into and exploring the core Buddhist teaching of not-self.
Next week, I'll focus more directly on how metta is used as an object to deepen concentration, and some common experiences (and potential pitfalls) that come with a focus on calming and collecting the mind.
It will be wonderful to practice with you all again!