Mike Maldonado recently completed a one week retreat focused on the Brahma Viharas (Divine Abodes), that is, metta (lovingkindness), karuna, (compassion), mudita, (appreciative joy) and upekkha, (equanimity) at the Southern Dharma Center in North Carolina. The retreat was led by DaeJa Napier, a very well respected dharma practitioner. Mike talked about his experience during the retreat, including the facilities and schedule. He focused on how DaeJa described practical ways to realize the spiritual potential of the Brahma Viharas.
Next week’s discussion focuses on how Buddhist principles and practices can help in understanding the nature of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) as an extreme example of craving and clinging, along with ways to benefit from regular mindfulness and lovingkindness meditation practices.