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teachings & practice in meditation & Buddhism.
We had an amazing Day Retreat with Tsering Paldron, and we regret not recording it. Fortunately, she agreed to return. This time we will remember, and she promised to revisit what she taught about consciousness. Thanks, Tsering!
We have been studying the Satipatthana Sutra from many different angles during the Day Retreats for several months, now, and it continues to provide insight and inspiration. This Saturday, we’ll be culminating what has been a long, fruitful exploration of one of Buddhism’s most important texts. The Satipatthana Sutra has a wealth of instructions on the cultivation of awareness in all activities. Whatever we experience, that can be included in our spiritual practice. We always have this wonderful opportunity of spiritual growth, during good times and bad.
The samsaric state of mind is always chasing after happiness and running away from suffering, which despite our best efforts get us no where but going in perpetual circles, chasing our tails. Practice on the Buddhist path subverts this tendency by mindfully turning towards and relating to all of life's experiences with more wisdom and kindness, courageously. In this way every experience, whether ordinarily labelled pleasant or unpleasant, when met with awareness and kindness are transformed on the spot into opportunities for wakefulness, providing us with glimpses of freedom and ultimately when all those glimpses begin to join up, the great sanity which is Buddhahood.
Part of this day retreat will explore how we can begin to relate to the mind states we habitually ignore and become unconscious to in order to bring them onto the path and use all of our experiences, without exception, as fodder for Dharma practice. We’ll look at the joy of living like that in reference to the ‘Six Paramitas’ and the ‘Noble Eightfold Path’.
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.
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.
HELIOS, 116 Judd Street WC1H 9NS, near St. Pancras Station; map
10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
The suggested voluntary donation is £20 for the day and the venue. If you can’t afford it, you can give a smaller amount (just mention this to the group guide). We have two optional additional collections. One collection is for either Ringu Tulku or the Rigul Trust, and one for the retreat guide.
We usually have lunch nearby for about £6, if you would like to join us.
We are saving money for future projects (for example our visiting teachers), so if you give more, it helps us fund these. You can also become a member, or make an additional donation on the the day or direct to our bank account.
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