Awakened Heart: Cultivating Immeasurable Loving-Kindness, Compassion, Joy and Impartiality through Meditation
B. Alan Wallace
March 10–17, 2018
His Holiness the Dalai Lama has often commented that the essence of spiritual practice is cultivating a good heart. As important as shamatha (meditative quiescence) and vipashyana (insight meditation) are within the Buddhist tradition, it is crucial to balance such practices with the cultivation of altruism. In this meditation retreat, Alan Wallace will teach a sequence of meditations for the cultivation of the “Four Immeasurables,” namely loving-kindness, compassion, empathetic joy, and impartiality. While many teachings on Buddhist meditation fill us with a longing to spend more time in quiet, solitary meditation, these practices bring us back to life, to the active world of living with others. The optimal situation to apply these teachings on cultivating a good heart is an active life, socially engaged with other people at home and about town, moving away from habitual self-centeredness to greater empathy and loving concern for the welfare for those around us. This retreat will consist of teachings, guided meditations, and discussions. Regardless of whether we hold to any religious beliefs, these practices can be of benefit to everyone seeking to explore their own capacity to experience unconditional love and compassion.
This retreat is co-hosted by Wisdom Publications.