…those things of which you know, these things lead to dispassion, not to passion; to detachment, not to attachment; to dispersal, not to amassing; to modesty, not to ambition; to content, not to discontent; to seclusion (from the group), not to association (with the group); to energy, not to idleness; to frugality, not to luxury – of them you can quite certainly decide: This is the Dharma, this is the Vinaya, this is the Master’s teaching. (The Buddha)
Bhante: So this, in the Buddha’s own words, is the criterion; this is the principle. The Dharma is whatever contributes to the spiritual development of the individual; whatever the individual finds in his or her own experience does actually contribute to his or to her own spiritual development as an individual. So individuals here in this passage, as in others, are clearly seen as living, growing and developing things.
This study convention will bring together study leaders using a range of Bhante’s seminars and writings that carry relevant and contemporary themes: a living dharma. The individual discussion groups will be held within collective reflection, meditation and puja – a living community of shared dharma engagement.
Mahamati and Silavadin will be leading study on Protestant Buddhism, Saddhanandi and Bodhiketu on the Windhorse Trading Seminar, Ratnaghosha on the Five Spiritual Faculties, Ratnaguna on the Precepts of the Gurus, and Saddhaloka on Duties of Brotherhood.
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Study Convention: A Living Dharma
Led by Mahamati, Saddhanandi, Ratnaghosha, Silavadin, Ratnaguna, Saddhaloka + Bodhiketu
Reception is 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: 1st Apr 2022
End Date: 8th Apr 2022
Event Type: Residential
Price: £270 (Waged/Supported (including deposit)) / £195 (Unwaged/Unsupported (including deposit))
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