The Knoxville Community of Mindfulness

Opening the Heart: Metta (Loving Kindness) Meditation


Four Sundays October 25-November 15

4:00-6:30

$60 suggested donation

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 register, you will receive a Zoom link for joining the class.  John will send a short reading to prepare for the first meeting.  If possible, please register at least one day prior to the first class so that you will receive the link and instructions.  If you haven't received an email within 24 hours of registering, it may have landed in your junk folder. Please check.

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.
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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.