Living Kindness: Buddhist Teachings for a Troubled World
A Daylong with Kevin Griffin
October 1, 2016
930am – 4pm
Loving kindness, 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 loving kindness 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 day will include meditation, lecture, small group discussion, and Q & A.
In this daylong we will:
explore several suttas that will open up our understanding of loving kindness
practice several different forms of metta as well as mindfulness meditation;
look at how these teachings and practices can transform the way we live in the world through the commitment to non-ill will and selfless activity.
COST: Sliding Scale: $35 – $75, plus an offering of dana to the teacher. Please pay at the highest level you can afford to support our programs and pay it forward for those who have less.
Scholarships and work-study are available. No is turned away for lack of funds.
Kevin Griffin is a Buddhist teacher and author and recovering addict/alcoholic. He is best known for his ground-breaking work bringing together the Dharma with issues of recovery and the 12 Steps. A Buddhist practitioner for nearly 35 years and sober for almost 30, he brings a wealth of experience and wisdom to his teaching and writing. His books include One Breath at a Time: Buddhism and the Twelve Steps and his recent Buddhism and the 12 Steps Workbook. Sounds True will release Recovering Joy: A Mindful Life after Addiction in June, 2015. Kevin is also a gifted musician and songwriter, and last year he released a CD of Buddhist-themed rock tunes entitled “Laughing Buddha.” He lives in Berkeley, California with his wife and teenage daughter.
This class will be held at 4300 Melrose Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90029. Click on the address for info on parking around the Melrose Center.