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We now have our day retreats using the Zoom platform. It is working well, and it feels surprisingly similar to our day retreats at Helios. People can join in with the discussions almost as easily as when we are all together in the same room. With practice, it will get better and better. The advantage is that people can join our day retreats from all over the world, which is amazing.
In June and July, our dear friend, the popular teacher, Tenzin Peljor, has been our guest. He has become a true friend of Bodhicharya London and a very valued teacher.
Our last Day Retreat on Purification was with Cesare, the leader of Bodhicharya Kent. As expected, it was enjoyable, profound and practical. A great retreat by an experienced meditation teacher.
In this day retreat, Dirk and David will bounce different viewpoints of this very interesting topic off one another.
David was introduced to Buddhism 20 years ago by Rinchen when sailing together across the Atlantic for 20 days on a small boat, “crossing to the other side”. He discovered Bodhicharya in 2009 and took refuge with Rinpoche in 2014. Moving out of London the same year, the local Buddhist group was Soto Zen, and since moving back to London 2 years ago he maintains his Zen practice alongside his involvement in Bodhicharya. He currently runs a business that is trying to revolutionise the way people with autism and mental health problems can support themselves.
The retreat will be a conversation among Dirk and David and also the participants. We will allow ample time for meditation.
"Ignorance is the basic misunderstanding of the true nature of existence. So we get unstuck all the time, and we don't like it. That is called Samsara.
Ignorance is the lack of understanding of how we exist. It is the lack of understanding of how everything we experience exists. Our lack of understanding of how things exist leads us to live by the wrong assumptions. There is a mismatch between what we think is going on, and what is actually happening.
All of Buddhist practice is about learning to recognise this (acquiring the right view) and to correct it (gaining in wisdom, and purification). We are entrenched in bad habits. Through meditation we learn to overcome bad habits and misunderstandings."
"In this day retreat David is inviting us to explore ignorance for ourselves. In Buddhism, ignorance is seen as the fundamental root cause of our suffering. Of things not feeling quite right. It is also variously referred to as illusion, delusion, not seeing things as they truly are. The most powerful of the three kleishas at the centre of the wheel of life.
How much do we actually understand our own ignorance? How does it arise? What does it mean in our daily lives? Can we make friends with it? How can it help us? The more deeply we can see the ways we delude ourselves, the easier it is to let it transform.
David will share some of his own experience of Meeting Challenges and perspectives he has found useful from Zen, from the words of Ringu Tulku, from modern psychology and neuroscience."
There will be room for discussion, questions & answers.
Bodhicharya London is under the guidance of Ringu Tulku. We have been doing stimulating monthly day retreats at the Helios Centre for some time now. Some meditation sessions will be guided.
We do a number of meditation sessions interspersed with the discussions and breaks for lunch, tea and biscuits. By the end of the day, we will have done about three hours of meditation in total. Beginners are very welcome.
The day retreat will be very much like our day retreats at Helios, but we will use the “Zoom” platform. We will have a talk, discussions and meditation sessions. We will also have tea breaks and lunch break. Let’s see how this turns out! We already doing something like this for the Thursday evening group. Please join us!
Zoom Meeting: https://zoom.us/j/…
Meeting ID: 325 545 986
10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Donations for this day retreat are voluntary and can be paid into the Bodhicharya London bank account.
Account Name: Bodhicharya London
Bank: Co-operative Bank
Account Number: 65185203
Bank Sort Code: 08-92-99
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