Meet Victor Nguyen, the founder of The Metta Space. He grew up in Los Angeles as a Vietnamese Catholic boy who once aspired to
San Diego is fortunate to have this unique space located on Adams Avenue. Think of the warmest and most accepting place you have ever come home to and multiply that feeling times ten. This is the level of peace and acceptance you will feel when you set foot in The Metta Space
I was born Victor H. Nguyen, and this name grounds me in my roots and connects me with my birth family. While living with this name, I acquired
But since then I have discovered more dimensions of myself, and as I have done that, I have acquired new names.
In 2014, I discovered the benefits of Kundalini Yoga when I was needing more of a spiritual connection with my soul. My soul was hungry and thirsty. I felt empty and wanted to fill a void. At the time there was a studio in Banker’s Hill called Karma Yoga. I happened to drop in for a class, and I found out about Aquarian Sadhana, a daily morning practice in the Kundalini tradition.
I tried it one day at 4:00 AM. After my first Aquarian Sadhana, I realized, wow, I have been looking for this my whole life! I felt I was born again! This experience ignited my soul in a way that I have never been touched before.
I became a Sadhana “junkie,” addicted to this beautiful practice.
Months later, I remember visiting a Kundalini ashram in the Haight Ashbury in San Francisco. They offer Aquarian Sadhana on Wednesday mornings, so I went there around 3:30 AM, but no one showed up. I was shivering, waiting out in the cold and thinking, what is going on? Why was I waiting for someone to lead the Sadhana? I can lead.
That’s when I knew I needed to be a teacher so that I could facilitate this for myself and be a teacher for others.
So, in San Diego, I went through the 10-month teacher
In 2016, I acquired the name Chand Dyal Singh Khalsa. Receiving this name deepened my Kundalini Yoga practice and Sikh exploration.
This exploration guided me to discover a ceremonial promise one can make to his highest self, called taking Amrit. Choosing to receive Amrit is a deep and reverent commitment.
Well, going through the process I knew that I was likely going to break the requirements, especially the vow never to eat meat.
For my body and my personal health, I know I feel better when I consume animal products. Anyway, I knew at that time that I needed to commit to that community. I needed to be with that intention. There is something beautiful that I value in that life of purity and support. It gives a deep sense of family that I was seeking. This filled that void of a sense of belonging. But,
Over the past six months, I have been going through another inward inquiry of asking what does
The difference struck me immediately. At a Sikh Gurdwara, there is lots of moving energy; there is Kirtan, bowing to the Guru, reverential offering of money. There is a lot of energy rising. Then there is also a lot of shame and guilt that comes to the surface. Some of the Shabds feel weighty, and it takes energy to process and be part of that.
By comparison, the Tibetan Buddhist sacred space felt neutral and peaceful. I felt like I wanted to stay there forever. Being in that space felt right for me. So, I am embarking on a transition of going deeper with these teachings.
I took refuge in the Tibetan tradition in June 2018.
I received the Tibetan refuge name Konchok Gyatso, which means Triple Gem of the Ocean. The Triple Gem refers to 1. the Buddha 2. the Dharma, and 3. the Sangha. My relationship with that is the teacher is the Buddha; the teachings are the intellectual aspect of this path; and then there is support from the community, which is the Sangha. So, this Tibetan name is guiding me into new exploration, and I am really connecting with it.
I founded The Metta Space on 19 July 2011 and it was my first opportunity as
There is a long Metta Sutra that discusses the different layers and expansions of love.
As a healer and teacher, I quickly learned that I may feel I am doing something good to heal and help others; but, it is important that I am aware I need to help myself and feel genuine love for myself; otherwise, I am helping from a place of void or emptiness. So, The Metta Space keeps me asking, how can I continue to serve myself in ways that prepare me to serve others? The cycle always goes back to self. I naturally come from that place of service, as I grew up Vietnamese and Catholic. In that setting, I had no sense of self; everything was centered around the family unit. I had to realize when I was older that unconscious selflessness was not quite right; I had to realize that I do matter as an individual. I needed to start asking, “What do I need?” Then my work as a healer can depend on, and grow out of, how I take care of me.
The direction of The Metta Space is still a work in progress; we are still exploring. But so far it feels like a free-flowing space that is committed to many paths and ways. We offer yoga, meditation, sound healing, wisdom circles, massage therapy, tai chi, qi gong, Zumba, Peruvian energy work, acupuncture and more. Every third Sunday of each
We invite you to join us in exploring,
May all beings be filled with loving kindness. Sat Nam!