Day Retreats this Winter/Spring
All 10.00am to 4.00pm at the Quaker Centre, Friargate, York YO1 9RL
COST: All are dana events, with a suggested donation of £25 to help pay for the room. But please come even if you are unable to donate much.
LUNCH: Please bring vegan/veggie food to share.
No need to book – just turn up!
Saturday 25th January
Opening the Gateway to Insight with The Divine Abodes
Metta Bhavana (or cultivating loving-kindness) is the foundation practice for a set of three other meditations. The other three practices are Karuna Bhavana (cultivating compassion), Mudita Bhavana (cultivating joy in the happiness of others’) and Upekkha Bhavana (cultivating equanimity). Together these practices are known as the Brahma Viharas or Divine Abodes.
As we begin to understand them more fully, we can see how each of them and the Brahma Viharas as a whole, can transform the way we act in the world and become a means of understanding the Buddha’s teaching on Conditionality. Thus, they are a gateway into insight – or seeing the world as it really is: completely interconnected, and without the barriers that we habitually create.
During this Day Retreat we’ll be exploring each of these four practices through short talks, guided practice, and discussion.
Suitable for: Triratna regulars only
Saturday 15th February
Parinirvana Day Retreat
The Buddha was eighty years old when he died peacefully, in a state of meditation, and attained final Nirvana, a release from the cycles of death and rebirth. In the Buddhist world this festival is an occasion for celebration and reflection on the Buddha’s life and, in particular, his final few months when he walked the familiar tracks of north-eastern India saying farewell to his followers.
On this day retreat we’ll be tracing the Buddha’s last days. There will be meditation, study and, at the end of the day, a ritual puja when there will be an opportunity to make offerings and express gratitude for the Buddha’s teaching. Those who have lost a loved one in the last year may like to remember them by placing a photograph on the shrine.
Suitable for: regulars and all who have attended (or are attending) a Newcomer’s Course
Saturday 29th February
A full day, with Shakyapada, exploring and practising meditation on the breath. Through short talks, periods of practice and discussion we’ll look at the nature of thoughts and explore how, through relaxation and mindfulness, we can still our busy minds.
The day will end with a short exploration of chanting as a meditative practice.
Suitable for: regulars and, in particular, all those who have recently attended our Newcomer’s Course
Saturday 21st March
Day Retreat with Taravandana
We are very fortunate to have Dharmacarini Taravandana with us to lead this special Day Retreat.
Taravandana has been practising and teaching Mindfulness and Compassion for 25 years within Triratna and also with Breathworks (a secular mindfulness course derived from Buddhism which caters for those who suffer chronic pain or stress).
She is based at the Manchester Buddhist Centre. The programme for the day will be outlined nearer the time but will include studying an important aspect of the Buddha’s teaching plus meditation and discussion.
Suitable for: regulars and all who have attended a Newcomer’s Course
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