Stillness, Simplicity and Depth
Reflection and Meditation
The emphasis on this retreat will be the art of reflection. From stillness comes calm, from simplicity comes gratitude, from depth arises wisdom. What might support you on the path to insight and so to the wisdom that is also compassion? Is there a place for reflection within the busyness of your ordinary life and within the structure of your spiritual practice? We will explore how reflection can hold a creative space in our lives between meditation and ordinary living, and feel the benefits that flow from that.
Meditation stills the mind, making it calm, clear, and positive; reflection then allows us to discover or deepen insights about ourselves, our practice and our world.
Reflection calls on our imagination, enabling us to hold experience with more depth, perspective and creativity. It may be that we simply sit and do nothing. Perhaps we drop in a question and wait …. and then wait. It may be that a thought, an image, an emotion, a bodily sensation arises from deeper in our being and arrives with the ring of truth. It could be that these things dissolve away or that nothing seems to happen …. and we wait.
The text being explored in this way is the Four Reminders, just four simple verses that go to the heart of the spiritual life, that is:
• the preciousness of being human
• the truth (and positive implications of) impermanence
• the truth of karma
• contemplating the faults of samsara and developing Bodhichitta
These verses are supported by Ratnaguna's book, 'The Art of Reflection'.
During the retreat, we will explore different approaches to reflection: for example writing, walking, contemplation. Our practice of reflection will be supported by a full programme of meditation and devotional practice, daily meditation/reflection reviews, presentations, approximately 5 days of full silence, and space just to be with yourself and your experience.
This retreat could be, will be, a special opportunity to connect with what we value, what we hold to be true, and to help each other fulfil our desire to change.
‘The aim of reflection, and contemplation, is to help us imagine a life in which our sense of self, and therefore a feeling of estrangement from others, dissolves….. Reflection is an act of love.’
(Ratnaguna ‘The Art of Reflection.’)
Led by Suchitta, Khemasuri, Dhammadassin, and Padmabodhini
Level: For Mitras
Cost: £90 booking fee plus suggested donations (taken at the end of the retreat) £250 (unwaged/in receipt of benefits) or £380 (waged)
For more information on cost and the 'dana' system click here: http://www.taraloka.org.uk/calendar-bookings/cost
|Retreat date||Wednesday, 1st November 2017 17:00|
|Retreat End Date||Friday, 10th November 2017 11:00|
|Spaces available||Spaces Available|
|Booking closes on||Monday, 30th October 2017|
|Booking fee (per person)||£90.00|
|Retreat Leader||Suchitta, Khemasuri, Dhammadassin and Padmabodhini|
|Location||Taraloka Retreat Centre|