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RETREATS

ONLINE - Compassionate Warrior Training 2023

When: Sat 21st - Friday 27th January 2023 

Where: Online via Zoom

For: Women in training for ordination into the Triratna Buddhist Order or ordained members.

About: Building on the success of the last two years Vidyamala and team are looking forward to offering this week-long training to become a warrior with a soft and open heart.

 

Drawing on both Satipatthana mindfulness teachings and Lojong mind training Bodhicitta teachings, this is a retreat designed for these times. As we continue to live through all the upheaval and uncertainty of the global pandemic we need to call on a kind of fearless presence, strength and courage within ourselves alongside kindness, empathy and compassion towards all beings. Satipatthana and Lojong offer a magnificent toolkit to help develop these great qualities.

The retreat runs from Sat 21st at 10.30 - Fri 27th January at lunchtime. 

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Summoning the World to Buddhahood: Bodhicaryāvatāra

When: 14- 24 March 2023 

Where: Residential and Online

For: Members of the Triratna Buddhist Order Only

About: Led by Nagabodhi, Saddhanandi, Subhadramati, Saddhaloka, Vidyamala, Dhivan, Jnanadhara + Khemabandhu.

Evocative and uncompromising, poetic and personal, the Bodhicharyavatara is a foundational text for the Mahayana and in Triratna; calling forth each of us to place our hearts more fully upon our most cherished ideals.

The online element of this retreat is on a dana basis.

Mindfulness for Self and World: Sattipathana Sutta

When: 14- 23 July 2023 

Where: Residential and Online

For: Members of the Triratna Buddhist Order Only

About: Led by Vidyamala, Dhammarati + Sona.

Discover the radical brilliance of the Sattipatthana Sutta as a guide to Insight and freedom. We can experience this seminal text as a map of consciousness, a drama of awakening and a cosmic invitation.

On the retreat we will use Living with Awareness, Bhante’s exploration of the Satipatthana Sutta, as the basis for teaching, meditation, devotion and ritual.

We will explicitly explore the ‘internal’ and ‘external’ aspects of the Sutta to bring out the profound connection between self-awareness and altruism. Bhante speaks of this as the ‘self’ and ‘other’ dimensions of mindfulness and we will also draw on verses from the Mahayana mind training tradition.

There will be opportunities to discuss your meditation practice in individual or group meditation reviews.

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Sub30s Meditation Intensive: The Direct Path of Awakening

When: 13- 22 October 2023 

Where: Residential

For: Open to anyone under 30

About: Led by Vidyamala and Vajrashura

One of the most influential of the Buddha’s discourses, the Satipatthana Sutta shows us how insightful meditation on the four gateways to mindfulness – the body, sensations and feeling-tone, thoughts and emotions, and Reality – can bring about an awakening to our true nature and the complete cessation of suffering, stress and dissatisfaction.

Meditating on the Satipatthana Sutta over 10 days, with guidance from experienced teachers, we’ll explore this key teaching of the Buddha as a map of consciousness, a drama of awakening and a cosmic invitation.

With several days of silence, 1:1 meditation reviews, excellent teaching and the beautiful natural surroundings of Adhisthana – the Sub30s intensive offers a perfect opportunity to encounter your mind, deepen your experience and progress your practice of meditation. 

HOLD THE DATE: Exploring and Balancing the Nervous System

When: 8-15 December 2023

Where: In-Person at Adhisthana or Online

About: Co-led with Padmadarsini. More information to follow.

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