Sangha Retreat: For all the North East Triratna Sangha
October 20 @ 7:00 pm – October 22 @ 2:00 pm 2017
Meditation is a powerful ‘positive karma’ – an act of intention that has profound positive effects on us. We’ll look at the forces at work when we meditate (intention, awareness, energy). We’ll look at different kinds of meditation, and finally, how the practice helps us live more effectively and easily in alignment with the Dharma. Initially the effort is great, as we enter the mandala or begin the spiraling path. However as our experience deepens, a momentum carries us along. Skillful and beneficial actions and states of mind become more spontaneous. Through the journey of spiritual practice we can ‘catch’ the Dharma, like catching a wind in our sails. We can break out of limiting self-interest and be a force for good, for peace.
There are many helpful ‘maps’ or guides to spiritual life – the many familiar lists in Buddhism (such as the Noble Eightfold Path or Six Perfections) help us aim in the right direction. On this retreat we will use as our guide the ‘System of Practice’ that has five aspects: integration; positive emotion and skillful action; receptivity; wisdom or spiritual death; and freedom or spiritual rebirth. On the retreat we’ll meditate and we’ll look at our experience and where we are going in terms of a path that spirals and in terms of entering a mandala, or a palace, of increasing awareness, contentment, energy, wisdom and compassion.
The retreat will include five intensive meditation sessions and three ‘mapping’ sessions. Suitable for people just getting their feet on a path and for people who’ve been walking for ages, the retreat aims to ‘inspire and guide’ through collective practice. Prior experience with meditation will be very helpful, though some of the meditations will be guided.
Come be part of the expedition. We’ll help each other chart the inner way.
Times: October 20 @ 7:00 pm – October 22 @ 2:00 pm
Fee: Sliding Scale $275/220/170