Metta Meditation
Discovering (Self) Compassion

When practicing loving-kindness, it’s best to start wherever you are, close to yourself. In that way it’s realistic.

Lama Yeshe

ONLINE (Must register to receive Zoom login information)

Though compassion is often confused with putting others’ welfare above our own, real wisdom understands that genuine self-concern is a necessary foundation for kindness and compassion toward all beings. In this meditation, we’ll look at the difference between self-compassion and self-indulgence, transform emotional barriers and resistance, and practice responding to self-judgment and criticism with understanding and patience.

This program is open to everyone and beginners are welcome. No experience with meditation is necessary.

Important Note

This is an online-only event that is administered using Zoom which is an interactive video-conferencing tool that allows participants to see one another and ask questions. You will need a computer, a tablet or a smartphone with the Zoom application to attend. If you are using Zoom for the first time, please login a few minutes earlier to allow any necessary installations on your device.

After registering, the system automatically sends you a confirmation email and a receipt email (if applicable) that contain the Zoom meeting link and other instructions if any. If you don’t immediately receive the email(s) with the Zoom information, or you have questions about Zoom or accessing the class online, please contact us at [email protected].

Registration / Schedule

Suggested: $20
Other offering options: free to $30

Time zone: US Eastern Daylight Time (GMT/UTC-4) ends Oct 31. US Eastern Standard Time (GMT/UTC-5) starts Nov 1.

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About the Facilitators

Kimberly Brown is a meditation teacher who specializes in helping people cultivate compassion and lovingkindness. She’s been leading classes, workshops, and retreats since 2011. Kim is a Certified Mindfulness Teacher, Professional Level (CMT-P) with the International Mindfulness Teachers Association, and a graduate of the yearlong IDP Meditation Teacher Training program. She’s been a Buddhist student for many years and is grateful to her mentors, Sharon Salzberg and Ven. Robina Courtin, and so many other amazing teachers. You can learn more about Kim at her website,

Manaslu Gurung is from Nepal, where she first learned to meditate at Kopan Monastery in 2015. Since then, she has completed a year-long Mindfulness Meditation Teacher training at the Interdependence Project (2018) and she has been actively teaching and organizing community events for Mindful Astoria, a local meditation group in Astoria, Queens. Manaslu is also a Kripalu Yoga Certified Teacher and likes to incorporate mindful movements in her meditation teachings. Manaslu is grateful to all her dharma teachers and fellow meditators for our practice and our efforts to create a loving, caring, and supportive community.