As we continue our series on the Metta Bhavana (loving kindness practice), we move to the stage of metta for a "neutral person". This evening, Emma joins us to share her thoughts and experience of this stage, where we may be attempting to move from a lack of interest to warmth and concern for people we do not know and in whom we have no vested interest.
What are our underlying attitudes that are challenged during this stage? Do we maintain emotional neutrality because the fixed boundaries within the known are safer and more manageable? Does our natural tendency to ignore those we think do not affect us demonstrate our ignorance of interconnectedness?
Emma will describe ways she looks to overcome these tendencies, as we start to extend our metta further beyond our personal connections and comfort zone.
Emma is a mitra who has recently returned to New Zealand after six months in India, Nepal and the UK, where she attended the Triratna Young Person's Dharma Life course at Adisthana, a major hub in the Triratna Buddhist movement (Triratna HQ) in the UK
Wednesday nights are a place for people who have attended our foundation courses to come together and celebrate community, deepen their knowledge of Buddhism, and their understanding of how to practice it. They generally include a talk and discussion, a social cup of tea and meditation.
This is our last event at the Ponsonby Community Centre. Next week's Sangha night will be at our new centre in Mt Eden. See the ad on this site for that evening.
Before attending, please read our current Covid Guidelines. This is part of how we practice together.
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