Mettabhavana is an ancient Buddhist meditation leading to the development of unconditional loving-kindness and friendliness. Metta is something you feel in your heart, a positive emotional state towards others as well as ourselves. As a result of practicing metta we become more empathetic, more considerate, more kind, more forgiving, and in general, more loving, friendly people.
Metta practice helps us:
The Toronto Zen Centre periodically offers a six-week course in the
practice of Loving-kindness Meditation conducted by Roshi
Taigen Henderson. Classes are held on consecutive (or roughly
consecutive) Wednesday evenings from 7 to 8 p.m. Each session
includes lectures, meditation instruction, practice periods and
Open to all people 18 and over (under 18 if accompanied by a parent
or older friend and with parental consent). As space is limited,
reservations must be made in advance, including payment in full.
When cancellations are made less than one week before the start of
the course, the contribution may be used for a subsequent course,
but cannot be refunded. Assume you are accepted unless you hear to
Members of the Centre and their immediate family may take this course for free.
Loose-fitting clothing is ideal. Skirts should be both long and
full enough to sit with the legs crossed; pants should be quite
loose. Best not to wear jeans. Please do not wear shorts or
Fee: $120 for the six-week course