This meditation retreat is an opportunity to advance the study of the human mind, in the company of researchers, educators, therapists and others involved in the broad areas of the mind and social sciences.
Recent studies have demonstrated the positive influence that love and compassion can have on our lives and in our society. These qualities form a foundation for empathy and emotional intelligence to arise, allowing humanity – in all its diversity – to live and work together in greater harmony.
Participants will receive an in-depth training in metta (lovingkindness) meditation. Metta is the term for friendship or lovingkindness in Pali, an ancient Indian language. Conforming to the spirit of empirical science, it is simply a means of training our minds to become more keenly concentrated and aware while cultivating our innate capacity for an open and loving heart. Traditionally, it is taught along with other meditations that enrich compassion, joy and equanimity. Although drawn from the Buddhist meditative tradition, these practices do not in any way require an adherence to Buddhism or a rejection of personal faith.