22 – 29 SEPTEMBER | ORDER SEMINAR | LED BY Ratnaprabha
Do the vistas of science amaze you? Can evolutionary biology, cosmology, and particle physics be related to Bhante’s connecting of imagination, shraddha and prajna? Can the scientific vision be further integrated into our presentation of the Dharma, in particular catering more effectively for those with scientific training or enthusiasm? On this retreat, we will explore science as a visionary and imaginative endeavour.
In recent years, I have been greatly struck by the vistas opened up by recent advances in the exploration of the universe in which we live, from the infinitely small to the infinitely great. These vistas cannot but induce a sense of wonder and awe in anyone with a little imagination.
Sangharakshita, A complex personailty: A note (2017)
Bhante wished “we had in the Order more people who were drawn to science, a knowledge or understanding of which can be for some people an aid to the spiritual life.”
Drawing on Bhante’s short piece on Science and Poetry, inspired by Stephen Hawking and Carlo Rovelli, his Winchester paper at the “mystics and scientists” conference, and other extracts from the rest of his writings and seminars. This retreat is open to all Order Members, particularly if you have a science background or interest. This is a rare opportunity for science-minded order members to gather and connect. Spaces are limited.
The Scientific Vision, the Buddhist Vision | Seminar
Led by Ratnaprabha, Suvajra (TBC) + team
Reception is from 4 pm on the day of arrival, with the retreat beginning with supper at 6 pm.
The retreat will finish in the morning after the clear-up. If traveling on public transport, please book a train after 11 am.
For Order Members
Start Date: 22nd Sep 2023
End Date: 29th Sep 2023
Event Type: Residential
Price: Waged/Supported (including deposit) £285 | Unwaged/Unsupported (including deposit) £210
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