Metta retreats


Metta, the wish to see others happy, is a quality of the mind that can be cultivated and developed, and can even be a powerful tool to focus the mind. Alternating its practice with that of vipassana can be very beneficial.

The retreat
“Mettā bhāvanā”, the development of loving-kindness, is one of the most important teachings of the Buddha. We begin by radiating it towards ourselves and then towards the people in our immediate surroundings, gradually widening the circle to encompass all beings everywhere in the universe. The more we practice, the happier and calmer we feel; life becomes more harmonious and peaceful. When this practice of concentration (samatha) becomes too intense, meditators can practice vipassana for a while.

In accordance with the tradition, the meditators take refuge in the Buddha, the Dhamma and the Sangha; they undertake the 9 moral precepts, which include abstaining from taking solid food after midday. The retreat is conducted in silence.

Program  (with Ven Dr U Ottara Nyana)

05:00 Wake-up/Walking meditation
05:45 – 07:00 Sitting meditation / Morning chants
07.00 – 08:00 Breakfast
08:00 – 08:30 Meditation in action/Walk
08:30 – 09:30 Sitting meditation
09:30 – 10:00 Walking meditation
10:00 – 11:00 Teaching on Abhidhamma
11:00 – 12:00 Vegetarian lunch
12:00 – 13:00 Personal study
13:00 – 14:00 Sitting meditation
14:00 – 15:00 Walking meditation
15:00 – 16:00 Study of Suttas
16:00 – 17:00 Drinks and walk
17:00 – 18:00 Sitting meditation
18:00 – 18:30 Walking meditation
18:30 – 19:30 Sitting meditation
19:30 – 20:00 Walking meditation
20:00 – 21:00 Discussion

The meditators commit themselves to respect the program.

The retreat is conducted in English with translation into French.