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Dharma Study Session: Developing Loving-Kindness

  • Long Beach Meditation 5100 East The Toledo Long Beach, CA, 90803 United States (map)

Led by Community Dharma Leader Susy Keely

An ability to intentionally cultivate beautiful qualities of the heart is one of the most precious gifts we can receive from practice. Loving-Kindness practices can provide a refuge for ourselves in times of upheaval and struggle and empower us to extend our pure qualities of heart outwards, helping us to skillfully support our fellow human beings in the world we share.

We will explore and practice traditional Loving-Kindness as taught by the Buddha, as well as compassion practices from later Buddhist traditions. In particular we’ll consider how to most skillfully find our own way into these radical teachings of open-heartedness, including the sometimes challenging proposition of meeting ourselves from a place of compassion and love.

This Dharma Study Session will include:

  • Opening sitting meditation

  • Loving Kindness Teachings of the Buddha

  • Compassion practices from later Buddhist traditions

  • Embodying our own unique path of kindness and compassion

  • Q & A and group discussion will follow each presentation

  • Closing sitting meditation

As part of LBM’s foundational teachings series, this class will be Dharma study focused with time for brief sitting meditation at the beginning and end. This class will be complemented by a morning of meditation practice based on this class and offered by Guiding Teacher Jokai Blackwell Sensei on December 15. To gain the most benefit, it is recommended to attend the meditation practice class two weeks after this Dharma study session.

This workshop is suitable for meditators of all levels.


Refunds are available up to 24 hours before the course.

Susy Keely


Susy has been practicing Buddhist meditation since 2001. Her early years of practice were with the sangha at Deer Park Monastery (Thich Nhat Hanh). She began practicing Vipassana/Insight Meditation in 2005. She has attended dozens of residential retreats within those traditions.

Susy currently participates in trainings with her teachers Rob Burbea and Shinzen Young. She completed a year-long Mindfulness Facilitator Training at InsightLA.

As an artist and a mother, she has a passion for exploring the ways in which a deep and vibrant meditation practice can be maintained in daily life. She is deeply interested in the subtleties of samadhi and insight practice, and the intersection between spiritual practice, meditation, and creativity.