Metta / loving-kindness meditation weekend – Auckland, New Zealand

Bella Rakha ponga 2

Ponga trees at Bella Rakha

During this residential weekend retreat we will explore the Buddhist meditation practice known as metta, which aims to cultivate loving-kindness or universal friendliness towards ourselves and others. Participants will be encouraged to find their own creative ways of engaging with the traditional techniques, so that they can develop greater self-acceptance, empathic understanding of others, and the capacity to relate more skilfully in their daily lives.

Most of each day will be spent practising silent sitting and walking meditation, with some guided meditation instructions and opportunities for individual and group meetings with the teacher.

Time and dates: 5:00 p.m. Friday 14 June – 3:00 p.m. Sunday 16 June 2013
Location: Bella Rakha Retreat Centre, 581 West Coast Rd, Oratia
Cost: $220 + dana*
Suitable for people with some previous insight meditation experience – e.g. have attended at least one day-long insight meditation course
To register: contact Sue Dykes:


In most Buddhist traditions the teachers are not paid to teach. Instead, the teachings are given on a ‘dana’ basis – dana being the Pali word for generosity or giving freely. At the end of the course, participants are invited to reciprocate this generosity by offering dana to support the teacher, but there is no obligation to do so.
Jill is an independent meditation teacher and is not financially supported by any meditation centre or Buddhist organisation.  She relies on dana for her livelihood, and pays for all the expenses incurred in offering a retreat, including most international airfares, herself.

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