Please join us on Saturday, March 17th for Living Kindness: Buddhist Teachings for a Troubled World with Kevin Griffin from 10 am to 4:30 pm at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Stanislaus County, 2172 Kiernan Ave., Modesto, CA.
Lovingkindness, or metta, is sometimes depicted as a simple “open your heart and love everybody” practice, but a closer look at the Buddha’s teachings reveals a more complex and nuanced picture. In a time of great conflict and contention in our society, it can be extremely valuable to see how the Buddha addressed these relevant topics:
• the challenges of living with other people;
• the risk of hating anyone, even your enemies;
• and the dangers inherent to conventional loving relationships.
He uses his teachings on lovingkindness to emphasize the importance of sila, or ethical behavior, the potential for opening into deeper meditative states of peace and equanimity, and the importance of developing a non-discriminating, unconditional love on the path of awakening.
The retreat will include meditation, lecture, small group discussion, and Q&A.
Kevin Griffin is an internationally respected Buddhist teacher and author known for his innovative work connecting dharma and recovery, especially through his 2004 book One Breath at a Time: Buddhism and the Twelve Steps. He has been a Buddhist practitioner for over thirty-five years and a teacher for two decades. He reaches a broad range of audiences in dharma centers, wellness centers, and secular mindfulness settings. His latest book is Living Kindness: Buddhist Teachings for a Troubled World.
This day is freely offered to all. Donations are important to support the teacher’s livelihood and our future offerings, but there is no obligation to make a donation.
There will be a potluck vegetarian lunch — please bring a dish to share, if you are able. For the sake of those who may have sensitivities or allergies, please do not wear scented or perfumed products, including essential oils. Chairs will be available. There are also a limited number of zabutons and cushions for use. This daylong is suitable for all-levels of practitioners.
For additional information, please contact Lori Wong at 209-343-2748.
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