When I first experienced Padmasuri leading the Six Element Practice at Akashavana in 2014, I was strongly affected and felt that I was experiencing it in a fresh, more imaginative and visionary way. I formed a deep wish: to invite Padmasuri to lead the practice on a dedicated retreat for dharmacharinis at Taraloka. I could see that this could enrich the practice of preceptors, of those well established in the Order and those wishing to recapture some of the magical experience of Akashavana. I’m delighted that we have finally found a suitable date very early in 2018 and wish to publicise it well in advance.
In the Dhatuvibhanga Sutta, the Buddha speaks of each element ‘when one sees it thus as it actually is with proper wisdom … ’ (MN 140) That’s what we’ll be encouraging ourselves to do on this retreat: to see all six elements not only without ownership of any intrinsic, fixed selfhood but also getting glimpses that, if we were to live our lives in accordance with this truth, we could break out of a closed circle of self-interest and allow compassion to flower. I personally find this instruction - which might lead to supreme love, compassion and interconnectedness - profoundly attractive.
Led by Padmasuri with Prasadavati, Samantabhadri and Sinhacandra
Level: For Order Members