6 Wednesday evenings, July 17, 24, 31, August 7, 14, and 21, 7:30-9pm
This six-week course teaches the basic meditation practice of lovingkindness or goodwill. As one of the central practices of Buddhism, lovingkindness heals anger and self-criticism while cultivating a generous heart. Lovingkindness will be taught as a practice and perspective that is integrated with mindfulness practice. We will also touch on some of the recent scientific research supporting the physical, emotional, and social benefits of lovingkindness and self compassion.
Dawn Neal began contemplative practice through yoga and tai chi in 1997. She started practicing in the Insight Meditation and Zen traditions after learning biofeedback meditation in 2004. She has practiced in America and Asia, temporarily ordaining in Burma. Dawn is earning an MA in Buddhist Studies through the Sati Institute at the Graduate Theological Union/IBS, with guidance from Gil Fronsdal. She is a volunteer and practitioner in the IMC community, an Integral Coach, and teaches meditation, mindfulness, and loving-kindness to patients and caregivers in clinical settings.