Day Retreats


Free Time! 

Exploring Buddhism and Time with VajraguptaVajragupta 1

Combined Day Retreat for Leeds, York and Newcastle Sanghas
Saturday 28th September
N.B. At St Olave’s Church Hall, Marygate Lane, York YO30 7DS *
10.00 am to 4.00pm – Please bring veggie/vegan food to share

The Buddha famously said that experience is shaped by mind; we become what we think. This is true of everything we experience, even the time that we seem to experience things ‘in’!

Depending on our mental and emotional state, time will tighten or loosen, race or crawl; it will become more hard and solid, or more viscous and flowing. In our modern world, life seems to free time smallgo faster and faster; surveys show just how many people feel they never have enough time, that they are always in a hurry. Technology, the pressures of modern work, and consumerism can condition us into a particular relationship with time that then profoundly effects the quality of our whole life.

Though talks, meditations, reflections, and discussion, we will explore just how deeply and fundamentally mind and time are interconnected, mutually dependent. This can help free us, help us make good choices about what quality of time we want to be living in. It can also open us up to the sheer mystery of time, and of what it means to be alive.

Vajragupta is the author of Free Time! From Clock-watching to Free-Flowing – a Buddhist Guide, recently published by Windhorse (copies will be available to buy)

*TRAVEL INFO for Day Retreat: By Rail: Head towards Platform 2 and turn right by the men’s toilets into the short stay car park. Walk to the end of this and then take the footbridge across the river to the side of a large Car Park. Cut across to the far right. You will find Marygate Lane at the other side. By Car: You can park in Marygate Car Park (Google for directions) – all day parking is £13. Or Park and Ride -free parking/ bus fare £2.90 pp. On Foot: Go through Museum Gardens on Museum Street, walk to far side and exit onto Marygate. Marygate Lane is opposite just to the left.
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Open to all over 18 who have learned our two main meditation practices
This is a dana event and there is no specific charge, however we rely on the generosity of those attending to fund our costs
Suggested donation  £15 – £25

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