Introductory Weekend: Mindfulness (Dec 2017)
This weekend is suitable for newcomers and is an introduction to mindfulness as a meditation practice, a way of being and as part of a spiritual path.
The programme includes body relaxation and a full introduction to the traditional meditation practice of the mindfulness of breathing. Here we focus on the experience of breathing, in a way which is both directed and relaxed and which unfolds through a series of structured stages.
Meeting in groups, presentations, activities and informal chats also bring the broader perspective of mindfulness as awareness and integration. Mindfulness allows us to dwell in a different space from our understandable tendencies towards distraction, mental chatter and stress. These can compound difficulties and take us away from the simple truth of how things are. Practising mindfulness, we are able to be in the moment and gather ourselves around our immediate experience. On the weekend, this may also happen when we simply let go and appreciate sitting quietly or walking in the countryside.
2,500 years ago, the Buddha described mindfulness as ‘clear and radiant’ and as ‘stillness, simplicity and contentment’. He saw it as a deeply human quality of unlimited potential and which can bring meaning and happiness to our lives.
The retreat is led by women who are ordained within the Triratna Buddhist Community and are experienced meditators and teachers. They may well have different lifestyles and be different ages. They may be living in the spiritual community at Taraloka, working in the world or bringing up a family. However, they will look forward to sharing the practice of mindfulness with you - its significance, its ups and downs and its continuing potential - and to offering this within the beauty of Taraloka and its landscape.
Cost: £50 booking fee plus suggested donations (taken at the end of the retreat) £85 (unwaged/in receipt of benefits) or £140 (waged)
For more information on cost and the 'dana' system click here: http://www.taraloka.org.uk/calendar-bookings/cost
|Retreat date||Friday, 8th December 2017 17:00|
|Retreat End Date||Sunday, 10th December 2017 15:00|
|Booking closes on||Wednesday, 6th December 2017|
|Booking fee (per person)||£50.00|
|Retreat Leader||Taravandana, Saravantu and Suddhimani|
|Location||Taraloka Retreat Centre|