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Location: Shambhala Online

The Buddhas Discourse on Love: A Sutra Practice and Study Session

10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. EST (New York)

Suggested Donation $10

About the Session

Love is a mutual dance that takes place, and even if you step on each other’s toes during the dance, it is not regarded as problematic or an insult.

– Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche

Do you want to learn more about the Buddha’s teachings on love and loving kindness? Do you want to study Buddhism and read a “sutra” (ancient text of teachings taught by the Buddha) in community? In this session, we will explore the Buddha’s teachings in the “Metta Sutra,” which is about love as a time-tested path to awakening and genuine compassion.

This Session Offers:

  • An opportunity to explore the Buddha’s teachings on developing goodwill, fellowship, benevolence, non-violence and friendliness towards one’s self and others
  • Introduction to sutra study
  • Loving-Kindness practice and meditation instruction
  • An opportunity to practice meditation from comfort of your own home or practice space
  • Community discussion with Q&A
  • Connection with other meditation practitioners on a path of love and compassion

What You Need:

  • An open heart and mind
  • A journal
  • Mala beads (optional)

Recommended Reading Material (not required):

Note: The instructors will screen share the Metta Sutra. We will not be chanting the sutra–reading only

Love is a Mutual Dance by Chögyam Trungpa – The Bodhisattva Path of Wisdom and Compassion, Volume II of The Profound Treasury of Dharma, excerpted from pages 97 and 98.

Plum Village Sutras / Discourse on Love: Translated by Thich Nhat Hanh from Mettā Sutta, SuttaNipāta 1.8 https://plumvillage.org/library/sutras/discourse-on-love

The Revolutionary Art of Happiness by Sharon Salzburg


Open to all.

About the Teachers

Alley Smith (she/her) is a Shambhala Buddhist Minister of Religion (Upadhyaya) at Brown University. She also holds 10 precepts in Zen Buddhism. Alley is a US military war veteran. During her career, Alley served with the military funeral honors teams in the US Marine Corps and Navy Reserve. She specializes in teaching Buddhism, spiritual care, and as a funeral clergy. Alley is deeply influenced by Pure Land Buddhism and Vajrayana. She currently hosts Making Friends with Death and Dying: Support Group on Shambhala Online. 

Contact email: [email protected]

Ann Tyndall has been practicing Buddhism in the Shambhala tradition for the past 2+ decades. She is a member of the Minneapolis Shambhala Center where she has been most engaged in practice and study. Ann is retired from healthcare chaplaincy. She is a Board Certified Chaplain (Upadhyaya) endorsed by Shambhala. One of her greatest delights was leading spiritual explorations groups on behavioral health and addiction recovery units.

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