Each month through the end of the year, we will be hosting a skilled, practiced, meditation teacher so that you have the opportunity to begin or deepen your meditation practice with someone experienced in teaching the subject. This is not a series, so you are welcome to any or all of the practices, and no experience is necessary to benefit from and enjoy the sessions. These practices are by donation, and the money will support a local non-profit. This month, donations will go to Whole Heart Yoga Fort Worth.
Choosing Metta With Meditation
In this class we will discuss the attitude of “Metta,” it’s intention, and how we can utilize it in our lives and meditative practice. Metta is a pali word that translates to loving-kindness or goodwill. Metta isn’t simply wishing others to be “happy” or that “we’ll always be there for them.” It’s a wish for others and us to find and act upon the causes of well-being and true happiness. As part of the 4 unlimited attitudes outlined by the Buddha, Metta is an attitude we can cultivate both on and off the meditation cushion. We will explore both its inclusion into meditation and it’s use in our day-to-day. After our evening’s discussion, we’ll put Metta into practice through a guided meditation that will last 20 minutes.
Our leader this evening is A.J. Fichera, who has been a Buddhist practitioner and meditator for over 14 years. He was formerly a student of Vietnamese Zen at the Quang Chieu Monastery which led to the teachings of Ajahn Geoff (Thanissaro Bhikkhu) in the lineage of the Thai Forest Tradition. He currently facilitates a secular meditation group in Fort Worth called “Admirable Friends”, which introduces and instructs its participants to meditate and uphold the values of the Thai Forest Tradition. He seeks in his own practice to achieve well-being through solving the mind’s problem of creating stress and suffering, brought on by our own thoughts and actions. He takes joy in introducing people to the benefits of adopting a meditative practice for themselves and others, which in turn, helps reveal the wisdom and compassion that leads to lasting well-being.