Meditation I: Cultivating The Four Immeasurables (part 1)

Sunday, October 2, 8:30 – 9:45 am. Please join us either via Zoom or in person in the Meditation Room (Room 208). If coming in person, please bring a laptop or other device. Zoom Meeting ID: 813 7503 7090

“May I be filled with happiness and know the root of happiness.

May you be free of suffering and know the root of suffering.

May they be filled with joy at another’s happiness.

May all beings live in peace, free from desire and aversion.”

Over four weeks, we will listen to talks by Vanessa Zuisei Goddard on the Four Immeasurables – lovingkindness, compassion, sympathetic joy, and equanimity. She will explore them using different paradigms to demonstrate how they go to the heart of Buddhist teachings and are an essential part of who we are as human beings. In the first week, she focuses on these four boundless virtues as a “science of compassion” – a spiritual tool to make place for the other in our heart-mind (citta).

Zuisei Goddard is a Zen teacher and writer, and the guiding teacher for the Ocean Mind Sangha. She currently lives in southern Mexico. For 23 years, she lived at the Zen Mountain Monastery in upstate New York, 14 of those years as a monastic. In 2018, she received dharma transmission from Shugen Roshi. She recently published Still Running, a book on running as a form of meditation in motion.

Our program will begin with a brief centering and introductions followed by the talk, discussion, and a longer silent meditation. All are welcome. Terry Dixon will facilitate.