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Toronto Zen Centre


Loving-kindness (Mettabhavana) Course


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:

    • Bring harmony into our lives and in our relationships
    • Rid ourselves of internal and external conflicts
    • Overcome lacerating guilt
    • Be open to loving acceptance of ourselves and others
    • Deepen our connections with all beings

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 discussion.


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 the contrary.

Members of the Centre and their immediate family may take this course for free.

What to Wear

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 sleeveless shirts.

Next Loving-kindness Course

Dates: Fall 2020 (dates to be announced)
Time: 7:00 pm — 8:00pm.
Fee: $90 for the six-week ONLINE course
Registration: Sign up to receive an email when registration opens.
Please Note: As this course fills quickly, preregistration is required.