How To Cultivate Joy & Loving Kindness

As we let our light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same.

As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence actually liberates others.

–Marianne Williamson

The Buddha teaches that each of us has the capacity to love.

We can create the conditions for growing love by turning toward the qualities of generosity, joy, kindness, compassion, and empathy that resides within us.

When we combine this action of turning toward these qualities with a cultivation of mindfulness, we find a new intimacy with ourselves that is built with joy and love.

This Saturday May 12 from 9:30am-4:30am at the An Lac Mission in Ventura, Arinna Weisman, author of A Beginner’s Guide to Insight Meditation,  will lead a meditation retreat for both beginning and experienced meditators on how to cultivate joy and loving kindness using guided meditations in mindfulness, empathetic joy and loving kindness, group inquiry, and a dharma talk.

A donation of $50 is suggested; a vegetarian lunch is included. Additional dana or donation can be made at the conclusion of the teaching to support the work of the teacher, Arinna Wesiman, who has studied insight meditation for 30 years. She teaches in the tradition of the Great Burmese master U Bha Khin and has been teaching since 1989.

Pictured is a fabric thangka by Leslie Rinchen-Wongmo, one of the only westerners trained in the rare Buddhist art of silk applique thangkas, a Tibetan cultural tradition. His Holiness the Dalai Lama gave his blessings to Leslie’s work and encouraged her to make images that speak to the spiritual aspirations of people across religions and cultures. Learn more: Creating Buddhas: the Making and Meaning of Fabric Thangkas.

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