Path to Insight: Metta (2018)
This intensive meditation retreat is based around the spacious and beautiful quality of metta.
Focusing on metta as a way into insight can be a joyful and uplifting path. Using our basic desire to love and be connected, we can go beyond our limited perspectives, our sense of separation and isolation.
Even when we encounter difficulties, we can use these to deepen our understanding and focus on solidarity, on our shared humanity. We can savour and share what it really feels like to be human, to be alive. This is metta with beings as a reference.
With a few simple techniques riding on the breath, we can learn to respond more creatively to whatever arises; we can free our hearts and minds. We can learn how metta can melt the myth of separation and awaken us to the truth of connectedness.
With our hearts alive and responsive to our own and others’ suffering, we will be really motivated to take a good look at what the root cause of that suffering is: how our confusion and clinging cause problems at the deepest levels. As our understanding deepens, our ability to respond effectively also strengthens. This is metta with Dharma as a reference.
We then move into the territory of the fifth stage of the metta bhavana. We have removed more and more of the factors that limit the strength and reach of our metta. It is freer, unbounded, not limited ultimately by any concepts at all: no-one who ‘has’ the feeling, no others who are the object of our metta, even the idea of ‘metta’ itself is extra to the experience. Just unbounded loving freedom, hot and altruistic! This is metta with no reference.
The retreat will include: short workshops or talks; longer periods of complete silence (yes we mean complete!); and a chance for individual meditation reviews with a member of the team.
A typical daily programme will be:
6.30 Meditation (including walking meditation)
10:30 Teaching followed by meditation
5pm Meditation or puja
8.00 Meditation or puja
‘Even if for the moment we cannot actually help anyone in an external way, we should meditate on love and compassion constantly over the months and years until compassion is knit inseparably into the very fabric of our mind’. (Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche)
Vijayamala has been practising in Triratna for 35 years, and teaching meditation retreats ever since coming back from a 3 year retreat in 2011. She feels really fortunate to be able to pass on some of the tools, confidence and love of meditation and dharma practice she herself received during this time.
Led by Vijayamala and Team
Level: For women who have asked for ordination
Cost: £90 booking fee plus suggested donations (taken at the end of the retreat) £295 (unwaged/in receipt of benefits) or £445 (waged)
For more information on cost and the 'dana' system click here: http://www.taraloka.org.uk/calendar-bookings/cost
|Retreat date||Sunday, 11th March 2018 17:00|
|Retreat End Date||Friday, 23rd March 2018 11:00|
|Spaces available||Spaces Available|
|Booking closes on||Friday, 9th March 2018|
|Booking fee (per person)||£90.00|
|Retreat Leader||Vijayamala and Team|
|Location||Taraloka Retreat Centre|