Knoxville Community of Mindfulness

Opening the Heart: Metta (Loving Kindness) Meditation


Three courses in 2021 - see dates below

The antidote to fear

Opening the Heart is the path to well-being and happiness.  When we are caught in fear, self-absorption, and judgement, the heart feels constricted.  Freed of its fear, the heart naturally opens, and we begin to relate to ourself, to others, and to all life with love, compassion, joy, and wisdom.  The teachings and practices known as the Four Immeasureables are time-tested methods for cultivating fearlessness and allowing the full-flowering of our natural capacity to be in relationship.

Each class includes teaching, written instructions, guided meditations, and time for Q&A. No prior experience with meditation is required.  These practices can be done by anyone, regardless of their spiritual tradition. After the classes end, a weekly follow-up meeting will be offered at no cost to answer questions and help you maintain a regular practice.

Classes meet weekly on Zoom.  When you submit your registration form, you will see the message: You have successfully registered, appear briefly above the submit button.  A few days prior to the first class meeting, you will receive the Zoom link  and a short reading.  If possible, please register at least one day prior to the first class so that you will have time to complete the short reading. 

There is a suggested donation of $60, which covers the four classes.  Any amount is gratefully accepted.  Your practice of  generosity makes it possible for those of limited means to participate in the class.

John Blackburn, Ph.D., has practiced meditation for over forty-five years, practicing intensively with teachers in the Vipassana, Zen, and Dzogchen traditions.  He leads a local meditation group, the Knoxville Community of Mindfulness.  He also serves as member of the board of directors for Southern Dharma Retreat Center in Spring Creek, NC.

2021 Course Offerings

                                       March 7-28                            July 21-August 11                      October 27-November 17 
                                            Sundays                                   Wednesdays                          Wednesdays           
                                 4:00-5:30 pm                                     6:30-8:00 pm                            6:30-8:30 pm        
Registration NOW OPEN for July class. 
‚ÄčRegistration for October class begins September 1.
REGISTER HERE
Note Registration Process Has Changed:  
‚ÄčWhen you submit your registration, a "successfully submitted" message will pop up.  Several days to a week prior to the start of the course you will receive an email with the Zoom link and a short preparation for the first class.