Teaching in New York and California this January

I’ll be teaching in New York and South-California this January.
If you happen to be around, I’d love to meet you!

Buddhist Insights NYC

16th - 23rd January
New York City
http://buddhistinsights.com/

Program:
Thursday 17th January: Sutta Study class about Majjhima Nikāya 121, the Cūḷasuññata Sutta.

Friday 18th - Sunday 20th January: Mettā Meditation Retreat

Monday 21st January: Dhamma Talk: creating a safe space for practice

Tuesday 22nd January: Presentation of SuttaCentral and introduction to the Early Buddhist Texts.

Women's retreat together with Mary Stancavage in California

Thursday 24th - Sunday 27th January
Joshua Tree, California

https://marystancavage.org/womens-retreat/

After this I will be staying at Mahapajapati Monastery in Pioneertown for a little while so you are also welcome to visit me there (but let me know up-front!).

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Ayya I always assumed metta as being associated with the emotion of love but recently I read its actually just an attitude of goodwill. Love is just an another entanglement. Can you clarify? Thanks.

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@Ocean - There has already been written a lot about the feeling of Mettā on this forum and I think it is best explained by the master himself, Ven. Mahachatchai. There is a big difference between worldly love and the loving-kindness that is mettā. It is basically a feeling that you can develop within yourself but that is also different from the word ‘love’ as it is used in an attached way in normal life.

… cultivating mettā demonstrates a clear focus and purpose, which is love, support, and gentleness for all sentient beings, in particular ourselves.

http://wisdomandwonders.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/01/Metta-English-with-cover.pdf

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Brahama Vihara can’t be preacticed in isolation.
Metta has to be practice in conjuction with Karuna,Muditha and Upekkha.