Knoxville Community of Mindfulness

Opening the Heart: Metta (Loving Kindness) Meditation

$60 class fee

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: Your registration form has been successfully submitted appear briefly above the submit button.  Registration is not complete until you remit the class fee.

The class fee of $60 can be paid with Zelle, PayPal, or check.  Partial and full class scholarships are available for those unable to afford the class fee.

Once payment has been received, you will receive the Zoom link and a short reading to prepare you for the first class.

Class scholarships are available through the generosity of The Mirani Foundation. Please let us know if you need a partial or full scholarship.


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.