Bhante’s poems, especially the ones he wrote as a young man, are doorways into the Dharma. Exploring them, along with other sources, we’ll follow Bhante’s growing sense of spiritual life, and our own engagement with their themes. These include:
- How we can gain a sense of ‘the transcendental’ and how we can relate to it
- The importance of emotion in our lives
- The dimensions of love, including both its pain and its glory
- The transforming effects of beauty
- The ‘vertical’ or higher dimension of experience
- Openness to what life brings
In his Preface to the first edition of his Complete Poems, Bhante said that the poems: ‘constitute a sort of spiritual autobiography, sketchy indeed, but perhaps revealing, or at least suggesting, aspects of my life that would not otherwise be known.’ They offer a unique insight into the development of his understanding of the Dharma. We’ll also engage with the poems as poems appreciating their intrinsic merit.
The retreat will include talks, discussion groups, reflection and meditation.
Sangharakshita’s ‘Spiritual Autobiography’: Bhante’s Poems and the Path of his Inner Life
Led by Vishvapani and Vidyadevi
You can check in from 4pm on the day of arrival, with the retreat beginning with supper at 6pm.
The retreat will finish in the morning after the clear-up. If traveling on public transport, please book a train after 11am.
This retreat is for members of the Triratna Buddhist Order
Start Date: 9th Sep 2022
End Date: 16th Sep 2022
Event Type: Residential
Price: £270 (Waged/Supported (including deposit)) / £195 (Unwaged/Unsupported (including deposit))
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