What is Vipassana?
Vipassana, or Mindfulness Meditation, is a profound practice used by countless seekers, regardless of religion, for over 2600 years to quiet the mind, to open the heart and to see clearly our true nature. It cultivates a sense of wholeness that brings us into awareness of moment-to-moment experience.
Cultivating awareness of breath, body and the processes of heart and mind, it offers insight into the true nature of reality. It teaches us how to live more fully in the present moment, how to open more gracefully to the ups and downs of life and how to meet ourselves and others with more acceptance and love. It is considered a wisdom practice.
What is Metta?
"Metta", translated as "lovingkindness" or "friendliness", is a formal practice originally taught by the Buddha as an antidote to fear. When we practice Metta, we awaken to our own intrinsic wholeness, and develop an attitude of open-hearted acceptance of ourselves, of others and of life. Lovingkindness is the cornerstone that supports the other qualities of heart: Compassion, Appreciative Joy and Equanimity. Lovingkindness (Metta) practice deepens concentration and is a complementary practice to Mindfulness (Vipassana/Insight).