We are a Buddhist group which provides
teachings & practice in meditation & Buddhism.
In our previous Day Retreat, Cesare gave a brilliant talk about ‘feeling tones’ and the mental afflictions (kleshas), and Dirk spoke about more approaches of how to overcome their negative hold over us. There were fruitful and frank contributions from the whole group.
Steve Todd is a long-term student of Buddhism, friend of Bodhicharya London and member of the Drukpa Kagyu sangha, where he used to facilitate the “Back to Simplicity” meditation group. He also holds a PhD in String Theory, a branch of Quantum Particle Physics.
Dirk did a traditional four year retreat in seclusion and has been teaching Buddhist meditation since 1993. He holds a D.Mus. in music composition. For more about Dirk see here …
The Satipatthana Sutra, the Buddha’s Discourse on the Foundations of Mindfulness, has a wealth of instructions on the cultivation of awareness in all activities. Whatever we experience, that can be included in our spiritual practice.
Continuing the momentum created by last year’s study of the Satipatthana Sutta, we shall look more closely at mindfulness of the sense of ‘me’ and ‘I’.
With Steve, we’ll look at the skandhas. The skandhas are described as the five aggregates that form the sense of ‘me’. What are they? How do they relate to the “no self” (anatman)?
In the Satipatthana Sutra, they are also objects of meditative awareness (mindfulness). How can we incorporate them in our practice? We’ll also draw on some insights form the latest scientific theories about consciousness.
With Dirk, we’ll look at where the skandhas fit in the Buddhist analysis of consciousness (the “eight consciousnesses”) and how this relates to meditation.
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.
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. 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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