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We all long to have more kindness and love in our lives, and we all have times when we feel distant from others. The time-tested practice of metta, or loving-kindness, is a gentle but powerful way to take control and feel more connected to yourself and the world around you. 

The latest online course from Lion’s Roar features insight meditation practitioner and teacher JoAnna Hardy. 

The Buddhist word metta is often translated into English as “Loving-Kindness”,  this course explores the practice of metta that offers an opportunity to develop inner calm and focus. This centuries-old meditation technique can be a tool for those struggling with the suffering of the world. It is a way to make sense of the helplessness and turn it into action. It is a powerful tool for reflection and action in situations where you may feel helpless.

Learn how to cultivate more compassion and kindness – towards yourself and the world – in this new online course from Lion’s Roar. 

Imagine a World with More Love
…It Begins with You.

How to Cultivate a Loving Heart: The Buddhist Practice of Metta is taught by JoAnna Hardy, meditation practitioner and teacher. Together with Lion’s Roar, she guides you through all you need to know to begin and deepen the practice of loving-kindness meditation.

JoAnna Hardy has been exploring and practicing multiple traditions since 1999. In 2005, her focus landed on Buddhism and Vipassana meditation. Helping communities and individuals that don’t typically have access to the traditional dharma settings, social/racial justice and building multicultural community is top on her list of priorities. She is an empowered teacher in the Spirit Rock/IMS lineage and is Guiding Teacher at Against the Stream Buddhist Meditation Society

An online course in the transformational Buddhist practice of metta meditation. 

In 10 easy-to-follow videos — featuring 5 guided meditation sessions — meditation expert JoAnna Hardy will teach you the basics of metta and how to put them into practice. Before you know it, How to Cultivate a Loving Heart will have you creating, and deepening, love and goodwill for yourself and the people in your life. 

Practiced by Buddhists for thousands of years, metta enhances our capacity for goodwill and love and turns it up a notch — or two or three! — so that we feel better about ourselves and our place in the world. 

Follow along with How to Cultivate a Loving Heart from the comfort of your own home, and on your own schedule; return to it as often as you like to refresh what you’ve learned and keep your practice strong.

Also included are helpful review materials to reinforce what you’ve learned, and further readings (specially selected by the editors of Lion’s Roar) by some of today’s finest Buddhist teachers, including Pema ChödrönNorman Fischer, and JoAnna Hardy herself, who provides an easy-to-follow bonus “self-forgiveness practice.”

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Perhaps you’ve tried meditation and weren’t a fan. But metta, as you’ll see, feels (and is) different. While some forms of meditation are without a clear goal, metta is uniquely engaging. The practice gives us “something to do”—a positive, even fun project for our minds. And you don’t have to sit in some rigid, uncomfortable posture. Metta is about being at ease, so you can let your body be at ease, too. Metta feels good! And once you learn it, you can do it pretty much anywhere, any time.

Not sure metta practice is for you?

Neither was JoAnna Hardy. She was skeptical, but her own meditation teacher asked her to give it a try. And it transformed her life. Where once she felt disconnected, she’d now learned to generate a sense of goodwill that made her feel at peace with herself and grounded even when vexed by difficult people. 

Not a Buddhist?

You don’t have to be! After all, the Buddha wasn’t a “Buddhist.” Accordingly, meditation and metta, as he taught them, are practiced the world over by people of all kinds of backgrounds, religious or not. 

Don’t like to meditate?

Enroll today to make the life-changing benefits of metta practice yours with How to Cultivate a Loving Heart.

  • 10 videos (60 + minutes) of teachings, including 5 guided meditations 

  • Clear teachings that are easy to understand—and put into action

  • Helpful review materials & further readings by Pema ChödrönNorman Fischer, and more

  • Section reviews to recap and help you solidify what you’ve learned

  • Bonus “self-forgiveness practice” by JoAnna Hardy 

  • All Lion's Roar Online Learning courses include closed captions

It strengthened and expanded my meditation practice.

*All quotes are from viewers of our previous online courses

This was a fantastic course...the production values were amazing. I would happily invest in another Lion’s Roar course.

An online course in the transformational Buddhist practice of Metta meditation. 

About the Course

This was a fantastic course...the production values were amazing. I would happily invest in another Lion’s Roar course.

Not sure metta practice is for you?

Not a Buddhist? 

Don’t like to meditate?

“It expanded and strengthened my meditation practice

Enroll today to make the life-changing benefits of metta practice yours with How to Cultivate a Loving Heart.

About JoAnna Hardy

About Lion’s Roar

How To Cultivate a Loving Heart

A Lion’s Roar Online Course