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Vipassana and Conversation - "Metta and Karuna - Lovingkindness and Compassion"

  • Spaces - Wiehle Metro 1900 Reston Station Blvd Reston, VA 20190 USA (map)

This meeting is all about metta and karuna, or loving-kindness and compassion. Wait... aren't these the same thing?? Well, it turns out they're not, and, when working toward a greater cultivation of them, they are best handled separately, and for good reason. If the only way you can feel metta for someone is to have compassion for them, you're not feeling metta! True metta, and true karuna, are different things, and at this event, we'll talk about how, and why, they are to be cultivated independently and how they can be applied to the challenges we face in our Northern Virginia community. Also, as usual, we'll get an opportunity to practice the cultivation of these mind and heart statesit with a quiet, semi-guided sitting.

We would love to see you there! As always, our events are entirely supported by donations from our community, and we graciously and thankfully accept donations of what you can offer ($5 suggested). The nearest free parking is in the commuter lot at the intersection of Sunrise Valley and Wiehle. There is paid parking in the garage below the building for $4.95.