Metta Meditation Group & Livestream
Led by Executive Director, Kimberly Brown and other talented IDP teachers, we meet each week to practice lovingkindness meditation and cultivate our intention of living wisely and kindly for ourselves, each other, our community, and the world.
Metta, translated as "lovingkindness", is the practice of offering kindness and compassion to yourself and other living beings. A traditonal Buddhist method of mind training, LKM has become increasingly popular as western research indicates it increases positive emotions and feelings of social connection, decreases physical pain,activates empathy and emotional processing, slows aging, curbs self-criticism, and decreases biases towards others. You can read more about LKM research at this link.
THE BODHISATTVA VOW
We end our meditation by reciting Shantideva's Bodhisattva Vow together. In this way, we remind ourselves that we are not alone in our endeavors to awaken - countless people and living beings in the past, the present, and the future are also committed to creating a wise and compassionate world. Reciting this vow is optional, and it doesn't make you a Buddhist - it's simply a tool to reinforce our heartfelt and sincere aspirations and intentions.
ALL ARE WELCOME
Beginners as well as more experienced meditators are welcome to join this event. Buddhists, non-Buddhist, and people of any tradition can participate.
IDP IS POWERED BY YOU
This program is offered on a by-donation basis and no one with financial difficulties will be turned away. We're able to offer this event and others through the generosity of people like you. If you benefit from this or any other IDP initiatives, please make a donation or become a Monthly Member today!
ABOUT THE TEACHER
Kimberly Brown is IDP's Executive Director, and has been teaching meditation and leading retreats since 2011. A graduate of the esteemed Meditation Teacher Training program, she started the weekly NYC Metta Group in 2015.