Dear Friends and Theosophists,
This week we will enjoy Metta Meditation given by Ida Cullen from the Sanctuary. The wikipedia version of metta meditation is defined below. We will meet Thursday, 16 July at 8 Ocean Ave, Ocean Grove, at 7pm. The session will be held for 2 hours and is free to the public. Look for the banner on the boardwalk in front of the Laingdon Hotel.
Mettā (Pāli: मेत्ता) or maitrī (Sanskrit) has been translated as "loving-kindness," "friendliness," "benevolence," "amity," "friendship," "good will," "kindness," "love," "sympathy," and "active interest in others." It is one of the ten pāramitās of the Theravāda school of Buddhism, and the first of the four Brahmavihāras. The mettā bhāvanā ("cultivation of mettā") is a popular form of meditation in Buddhism.
The object of mettā meditation is loving kindness (love without attachment). Traditionally, the practice begins with the meditator cultivating loving kindness towards themselves, then their loved ones, friends, teachers, strangers, enemies, and finally towards all sentient beings. Commonly, it can be used as a greeting or closing to a letter or note.
We will meet in front of the Laingdon Hotel at 6:45-7pm beforesettling on the beach.Look for the banner and meditation signs leading to our group on the beach. Remember to bring a chair or towel/blanket to sit on; water forhydration; sunscreen/bugspray; layered clothing. Most importantly, bring an open mind and a receptive heart. I look forward to seeing!
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