Led by Saddhanandi + Vajrasara
Kalyana Mitrata is a strong guiding influence in our Sangha. A guiding influence that connects the whole Sangha; builds a system of trust in times of controversy; carries encouragement and feedback; functions as a vehicle for personal depth; and allows each one of us to communicate a deeper level of ourselves that is not only nourishing but is necessary in our ability to embody the vision we hold dear. As the Order expands and develops it can sometimes be difficult to find one’s place in the Order and find a significant and meaningful way to contribute. Kalyana mitrata as a living spiritual principle gives us a way of functioning not only in the Order and movement but in the world generally that brings a greater depth and richness to our experience. It is one of the most effective ways we can make a difference to our lives and contribute to the lives of others. At the heart of that communication is the ‘kalyana’ – the vertical dimension of beauty and authentic values.
On this retreat, we’ll use the Four Tantric Rites (of pacification, fascination, prospering, and destruction) as a framework for exploring ourselves as kalyana mitras, looking at the rewards and dangers of a path that holds at its heart the ‘kalyana’. There will be presentations on themes such as: projection; identifying strengths and weaknesses of ourselves as a kalyana mitra; and the process of challenge and encouragement. These themes will be set within the framework of the Four Tantric Rites of pacification, fascination, prospering, and destruction. There will also be a chance to share some of our history of friendship and our particular experiences, and Saddhanandi and Vajrasara will lead the Kalyana Mitra meditation practice.
Do join us on this retreat at Adhisthana, for a week of friendship and training.
‘We need someone who can see and draw out who we are, or rather who we are becoming. Each one of us has an inner world, full of thoughts and feelings that are amorphous or embryonic: we can only give them their proper shape through communication. Whenever we succeed in communicating them, we are changed, becoming someone new. Our best friends, the ones who care about us and understand us deeply, are creative listeners, partners in our act of self-creation.’
Buddhism and Friendship, Subhuti
This retreat is for members of the Triratna Buddhist Order
Start Date: 2nd Dec 2018
End Date: 9th Dec 2018
Price: £259 (Waged/Supported (including deposit)) / £182 (Unwaged/Unsupported (including deposit))
Bursary Fund - If you can’t afford to come on retreat you might be interested in applying for our Bursary Fund.