Join Quynh, Lynne, and Laurene every week to develop a meditation practice in community to cultivate the divine mind-states noted in Patanjali's Yoga Sutra 1.33:
maitri karuna muditopeksanam sukha duhkha punyapunya visayanam bhavanatas citta prasadanam
“By cultivating attitudes of friendliness (maitri) toward the happy, compassion (karuna) for the unhappy, delight (mudita) in the virtuous, and disregard (upeksha) toward the wicked, the mind-stuff retains its undisturbed calmness.”
Join us each week as we continue our practice on cultivating the four boundless qualities of the heart.
Upekkha, is commonly translated to mean “disregard” and refers to the sense of peace that arises when we are able to observe the world with equanimity - to see without being caught by what we see. It is sometimes compared to the warm and wise love of a grandmother.
We practice cultivating equanimity with mindfulness so that our peace of mind is not characterized by dry neutrality or cool aloofness. A true understanding of equanimity produces a radiance and warmth of being that the Buddha described as “abundant, exalted, immeasurable, without hostility, and without ill-will.”
Come cultivate inner peace with us and establish yourself in the present moment.
Join Quynh on the Summer Solstice for an introduction to cultivating upekkha with the Surya Namaskara Mantra.
Let Quynh guide you through a Mindfulness of Breathing practice to activate the light of your awareness with calm and ease.
Mudita, is often translated as ‘sympathetic joy’ or delight in the joy and happiness of others.
The traditional understanding of mudita is how a mother rejoices in the accomplishments of her child. Mudita is the element that allows us to be truly happy for someone else, without greed or envy.
The way to respond to the joy of others is to practice calling on and touching the joy within our own heart. Come join us this month as we share with you our favorite practices on cultivating joy.
Join Quynh for an introduction to cultivating mudita with the Happy Heart Mantra.
Join Quynh in reciting the 32 Names of Durga in honor of Mother's Day.
Join Lynne for a traditional practice of radiating vicarious joy.
Join Quynh for a practice on wholeness with the Purnamadah Purnamidam Mantra.
The practice of mantra recitation is known as japa. Practicing japa with a mala allows us to build a strong foundation for meditation. It is an effective way of training the mind to develop one-pointed concentration (dharana).
We practice japa by repeating a mantra or divine name while contemplating its meaning to cultivate understanding of the ever-present awareness of being. Come experience abiding in the divine state of compassion for yourself.
Join us this month as we practice the cultivation of compassion (karuna) by reciting the world's most widely known mantra of compassion Om Mani Padme Hum.
Join Quynh for an introduction to the Mantra of Compassion.
Join Laurene to learn about the benefits of japa meditation.
Let Quynh guide you on the Practice of Inviting The Bell.
Join Lynne for a deeper look into the meaning of compassion.
Metta is often translated as "loving-kindness" or "goodwill". The practice of cultivating metta comes from the teaching of the Buddha in which he exemplified metta as the love a mother has for her only child.
We practice the cultivation of metta with mindfulness so that we may learn to hold and be held by this quality of heart so that we may encounter all of life in this manner - in metta.
Each week experience the practice of metta for yourself. Join Quynh, Lynne, and Laurene to cultivate metta and experience the heart.
Join Quynh for a classical practice on cultivating metta with a contemporary twist as we recite an English translated version of the Chant of Metta to the tune by Bhuddhist composer Imee Ooi.
Join Lynne for a guided experience of metta. Cultivate metta for someone you see everyday, a loved one, a difficult person, yourself and all sentient beings.
Join Quynh for a deeper exploration and recitation of the Chant of Metta with a guided meditation on the interconnected nature of creation - Mother and Child are One.
Join Lynne for a guided metta meditation with a focus on strong spirit, deep healing, and great loving kindness.
Join Laurene for a study of the Karaniya Metta Sutta and traditional guided metta concentration practice as taught by Swamini Sharadana Saraswati.
In The Yoga Sutras, Patanjali describes the challenges of relating with people as four kinds of locks (happy and unhappy, wholesome and unwholesome) and gives the keys to open these locks. What are the Brahmavihara (loving kindness, compassion, sympathetic joy, and equanimity) and how do we cultivate these virtues through the practice of meditation?
Whether you are interested in yoga and meditation or not, these are practical tools useful to anyone wishing to lead a peaceful and happy life.
Patanjali reminds us that there is a Yogic way of approaching all people - including ourselves- no matter what behaviors and attitudes are expressed in any given moment.
Join Quynh for recurring special meditations where you will be invited to come home, rest, and listen deeply to your true nature.
Stay tuned for the next opportunity to meditate together in community!
Where: Our Outdoor Studio