Metta Programs is a sangha, or community of spiritual friends, dedicated to awakening together. Our community extends globally, coming together in relational practice on teacher-led retreats, in online cohorts, in local peer-led groups, and in work on organizational teams. We warmly welcome all people to explore with us the practices of Insight Dialogue and Dharma Contemplation and teachings of relational Dhamma.
Human beings are as fundamentally relational as they are individual. We evolved to depend upon and be exquisitely sensitive to other people’s emotions and behavior. The Buddha’s teachings speak to suffering and freedom in this human life, so the Dhamma and its practices must encompass our relatedness. Even though the Buddha named spiritual friendship as essential to the holy life, the teachings have evolved in the west to mirror our culture: individualistic and often isolating. Metta Programs is a sangha that enfolds interpersonal meditation and contemplation practices, and is guided by a relational understanding of the Buddha’s early teachings.
The organization was formally founded in 2005 to support the teachings and the growing relational community. Metta Programs is registered in the United States as a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) organization.