Sadhana and Insight
Limitless Compassionate Awareness bought to life through Sadhana practice.
We will explore the elements of sadhana practice, based on Bhante’s commentary on the Manjugosha Stutti Sadhana (but applicable to all sadhanas), and apply them directly to our practice on the cushion in the context of this intensive meditation retreat.
We will see how to recognise and work with the basic principles of sadhana in our own practice. We will see how the journey of sadhana is a demonstration of reality and a way to access, be influenced by, and ultimately totally immersed in limitless compassionate awareness beyond greed, hatred, and delusion. Sadhana then pervades all aspects of our Dharma life.
The sadhana works on a non-conceptual level and can reach parts of us which are hard to influence on a conceptual level. Although we talk about ‘visualisation’ practices, no visualisation ability is needed for this to be effective.
In the unfolding of Sadhana each new phase flowers naturally from the one before and is perfumed by the spiritual ‘mood’ or truth it points to.
So initially we are drawn towards our objects of refuge and we integrate around them.
This facilitates a deep letting go and freedom of the heart, a compassionate responsiveness which dissolves our clinging to and identification with our limited selves.
What is left is an expansive, free, dynamic and loving open dimension of being often characterised by the blue sky, sunyata.
And, when the yidam appears, we can see that this dynamic openness doesn’t disappear; the form of the yidam is an expression of that freed compassionate mind. Sunyata dances within the felt presence of the yidam just as all appearance is an expression of ungraspability: the ‘maya way’.
We can allow ourselves to be affected both by the beauty and the profound truths embedded in this unfolding and allow it to gradually dissolve our clinging and lack of freedom, while strengthening our responsiveness and sense of connection.
With guided meditations and the opportunity for meditation reviews.
Led by Vijayamala and Moksanandi
Level: For Order Members
Cost: £75 booking fee plus suggested donations (taken at the end of the retreat) £195 (unwaged/in receipt of benefits) or £315 (waged)
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|Retreat date||Friday, 10th November 2017 17:00|
|Retreat End Date||Friday, 17th November 2017 11:00|
|Booking closes on||Wednesday, 8th November 2017|
|Booking fee (per person)||£75.00|
|Retreat Leader||Vijayamala and Moksanandi|
|Location||Taraloka Retreat Centre|