Saturday March 28, 1:00-7:00pm
Spring signals new beginnings and nature’s renewal. In this special offering, we will renew our spirits by cultivating deeper love and compassion for ourselves and others through a variety of approaches to Metta Bhavana–Lovingkindness meditation. In Pali, “metta” means “love” or “lovingkindness” and “bhavana” means “cultivation.” This cornerstone of the Theravadan Buddhist tradition is a heart-centered practice that allows us to send love and acceptance to ourselves and others. This helps develop a peaceful heart, so we can heal our pain and bring more harmony and balance to our lives.
Metta invites us to develop our compassionate nature with equanimity, steadfastness and grace. In this day-long retreat, we will explore a variety of approaches that help to awaken kindness towards ourselves and empathy towards others. Practices include standing meditation, walking meditation, lying-down meditation, seated meditation, journalling, self-reflection, partner work, Q & A, and more. We will end with an Inner Child Metta meditation, cultivating lovingkindness to all of the many selves that reside inside of us–past, present and future. Through the energy of mercy and the cultivation of openness, we can nurture and awaken the compassionate heart.
Total beginners to experienced meditators to teachers are welcome to attend. No prior meditation experience is necessary. Sun and Moon Yoga has plenty of bolsters, props and even chairs to sit on if needed. All participation is voluntary and at your own ease.
Note: This will be Sun and Moon Founder Leza Lowitz’s final workshop in Japan for a while. Leza is grateful for 17 years of support and looks forward to sharing these beloved mindfulness practices with you in community.
Course in English with Japanese translation
About the Instructor:
Leza Lowitz, M.A. is the founder and sole proprietor of Sun and Moon Yoga, Tokyo, which she established in 2003. She has been practicing mindfulness and meditation for forty years, and has had a regular daily practice that entire time. She completed a 7-year intensive Tibetan Buddhist Meditation program in 2012, including many long-term silent retreats. She is currently enrolled in a 2-year Mindfulness Meditation Teacher Certification Program with Jack Kornfield and Tara Brach through SoundsTrue, mentored by Anne Cushman.
Leza’s passion is to share these ancient practices with a contemporary, heartfelt and authentic approach. She has shared mindfulness, meditation, yoga and self-transformation with thousands of students around the world.
Japanese Translator: Hiromi Kitty Thompson
Early Bird (Must be paid in full by February 10.) 20,000 yen. (Sun and Moon RTTC/TTC graduates: 18,000yen)
Regular Cost for enrollment after February 10. 22,000 yen (Sun and Moon RTTC/TTC graduates: 20,000 yen)
If you are interested in attending this training, send in a request to info(at)sunandmoon.jp with the course name and month in the subject.
Payment instructions will be sent upon receipt of your request. Please complete your payment within 2 weeks from the instructions. Advanced payment is required except by prior advance agreement. Early application is strongly suggested.