Adhisthana Retreats

Event Title: Bodhicitta: the Heart of Buddhism

Led by Vessantara

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This is the eighth in the series of very popular retreats on The Mandala of Spiritual Practice that Vessantara has been leading at Adhisthana. During these nine days, we shall again explore the Positive Emotion aspect, taking it into the territory of bodhicitta – the union of compassion and wisdom.

We’ll approach the arising of bodhicitta in a practical way. With bodhicitta, our heart is open to life and knows its true nature. So how do we open our heart? Do we prise it open, coax it, persuade it? Does it somehow open us? Or none of the above? How do we avoid being overwhelmed when it does open? What other challenges come up, and how do we meet them?

To help catalyse freeing processes within our heart-mind, we’ll draw on our treasury of practices – the 4 immeasurables, insight explorations, visualisation, tonglen (giving and receiving), and other Mind Training methods. We’ll also look at the fundamental principles that underlie all bodhicitta practice.

As usual for retreats in this series, we’ll be mostly in silence. There will be presentations and guided meditations, daily devotional practice, and the opportunity for meditation reviews.

This retreat is for members of the Triratna Buddhist Order

Start Date: 17th May 2019
End Date: 26th May 2019
Deposit: £74
Price: £333 (Waged/Supported (including deposit)) / £234 (Unwaged/Unsupported (including deposit))

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