Day 2: Acharya Gaylon Ferguson – Guided Practice: Compassion Contemplation 2018-05-18T00:04:17+00:00

Day 2: Heart

Guided Practice: Compassion Contemplation

Acharya Gaylon Ferguson

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What You’ll Learn

Follow along in a guided practice to engage the qualities of kindness, strength, wisdom, and compassion

About Acharya Gaylon Ferguson

Acharya Gaylon Ferguson, PhD, is a senior teacher in the Shambhala Buddhist tradition who has been leading meditation retreats since 1976. He is a member of Naropa University’s core faculty and the author of Natural Bravery: Fear and Fearlessness as a Direct Path of Awakening and Natural Wakefulness: Discovering the Wisdom We Were Born With. Additionally, his article, “Making Friends with Ourselves,” was selected for inclusion in The Best Buddhist Writing 2005 and his essay “No Color, All Colors” appears in the book, Mindful Politics.

To learn more about Gaylon’s work visit his author page here.

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17 Comments

  1. Linda May 16, 2018 at 1:01 am - Reply

    Excellent and gentle presentation. I’m putting it to practice. Thank you.

  2. Kathleen Rubin May 16, 2018 at 1:24 am - Reply

    Participating from Peru. I really value this practice. Simple and powerful. I have been “asking” for a while now for a way to connect more with kindness and compassion, and here it is! Ask and you shall receive! Can’t wait to experience the benefits!

  3. Jana May 16, 2018 at 1:56 am - Reply

    Very nice and calming. I felt so good after offering kindness to others. May all be happy! Thank you. The small, tiny gestures will be a joy to offer others while in contemplation.

  4. Geri deGruy May 16, 2018 at 2:06 am - Reply

    Yes. Namaste.

  5. Nyssa May 16, 2018 at 2:11 am - Reply

    I understood for the first time that the purpose of the loving kindness practice is to bring that compassion into action, to let it manifest into real life. Thank you for your thorough explanation.

  6. Rebecca May 16, 2018 at 5:12 am - Reply

    Excellent! I often use sound or mantras to calm the whirling thoughts and focus my attention, yet the simple phrase “may all beings be happy” engages the mind and heart equally.

  7. Robyn May 16, 2018 at 6:50 am - Reply

    Sweet. Thank you.

  8. Guy May 16, 2018 at 2:03 pm - Reply

    I fully understand the concept and practice and don’t want to be negative or dismissive but I see conflicts in the definition of being happy. The Robin is happy if she gets to eat the worm. The worm is happy not to be eaten.
    This dynamic can be extrapolated to higher species. Ultimately to humans where sadly some groups definition of happiness requires the destruction on other groups of humans.
    So where does this leave us? With Herculean effort human behavior could be modified but how do we, or should we, change the behavior of animal survival instinct?

  9. mary jane hynes May 16, 2018 at 6:15 pm - Reply

    I liked the 3 steps. Kind of like a santa claus for everyday.

  10. Ria Tanz Kubota May 16, 2018 at 8:39 pm - Reply

    This was deeply moving to me and helped me much improve my l-o-n-g ‘prayer’ for each: May____be healthy, happy, and safe. May____be healthy in mind and body. May___live in unity, harmony, justice, and peace. Gets kinda tiring and lengthy to include all the people, animals, plants, in all these words. This was moving, felt my heart open and felt love, which has been missing awhile in hard times. You reminded me, everything changes and that living in peace, having food and shelter, etc. is included in being happy. Thank you! May you be happy.

  11. Kevin J, Waters May 17, 2018 at 2:00 am - Reply

    I was taught sometime ago in Recovery, that if I was Holding a “Resentment ” towards someone, or felt “Hurt by someone then I should Pray for them for “Two Weeks” ,&, the “Resentment/Hurt” would pass…. To pause, and wish loving kindness, toward ourselves,&, then broaden this out to those around us is such a simple way to bring “Compassion” into this life …… a wounder full description of “Metta” !!

  12. Latha Hapugoda May 17, 2018 at 10:07 am - Reply

    Thank you for the simple practice with explanation of Metta. I have been practicing this almost everyday and it make me feel happy and relaxed.

  13. Putter May 17, 2018 at 10:39 am - Reply

    Thank you, Gaylon, for this precise, generous description of how to do Metta [from Putter, in Cape Town].

  14. Kazi Nasrin Siddiqa May 17, 2018 at 4:25 pm - Reply

    May All Beings Be HAPPY….I wish from the core of my heart to spread loving kindness. Thanks for sharing a very easy way to feel for others and to wish good for all.

  15. doroti santiago May 17, 2018 at 5:01 pm - Reply

    May you be happy, safe and healthy! gracias!!

  16. Leona May 17, 2018 at 7:27 pm - Reply

    Each time I hear or read about Loving Kindness meditation, I am surprised that while it seems like the easiest of all meditations, the gentleness and language in this guided meditation practice makes it more powerful for me. I liked the idea of cultivation of compassion being a slow and gentle process like a seed sprouting, the energy of the feelings like pebbles in a pond, or the expansiveness of it crossing a lake. Thank you.

  17. Alice Maria May 18, 2018 at 2:24 am - Reply

    Beautifull blessing, thank you!

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