Cultivating Loving Kindness

Metta & Tonglen Meditation Workshop


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Metta & Tonglen Meditation Workshop
Facilitated by Maria Lee Sheng Sun

Saturday, May 4th

Metta (loving-kindness) is the cultivation of benevolence toward yourself and other beings. If we can learn to direct loving-kindness to ourselves and others, the physical and mental benefits will be immeasurable. Tonglen is Tibetan for 'giving and taking' (or sending and receiving), and refers to a meditation practice found in Tibetan Buddhism

In this workshop, Lee will lead you through various exercises and meditations to practice loving-kindness to first ourselves, then to the ones we love, then to ones we are neutral toward, and finally to ones we dislike. Through this practice, we will see that we are all the same: we all want to be loved.

Some of the potential benefits you will experience through this practice are:

Peaceful sleep
Relaxed, calm mind
Reduced pain and emotional tension
Connectedness to other people and ourselves
Better, more positive relationships
Greater capacity for empathy
Improved emotional intelligence

We’re often very hard on ourselves, and many of us are constantly striving to become better as people or to improve unwanted habits or behaviours. Our neurotic thinking tells us that once we achieve these goals, we’ll find happiness.

However, according to the Tibetan Buddhist teacher Pema Chodron, to find contentedness and meaning, “we must accept ourselves as we are, right now, today. We must become friends with that person so we can ‘wake up’ from the restrictive thinking that keeps us in a spiritual state of sleep.”

Through ‘Metta’ meditation, we can get to know ourselves and our basic energy, and treat ourselves as we would a close friend: with kindness and love. And with this self-acceptance comes the ability to see things as they are, to let go of our judgment and simply be present.

Price: $40 pp

Your instructor: Maria Lee Sheng Sun

Lee is a licensed professional in the fields of Acupuncture, Traditional Chinese Medicine, Shiatsu and Reiki, and has been in private practice since 1993. She has been practicing Buddhism since 1992, and has led many Buddhist classes. Lee has volunteered in many charitable organizations in Toronto and abroad.



All materials are provided for the workshop.

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