Led by Dhivan, Matt Drage + Sīlavādin
How modern western ideas shape western Buddhism
What cultural and historical forces have made Western Buddhism possible? How have modern revolutions in philosophy and psychology, such as Kant’s claim that our world is mind-dependent, and William James' focus on the "experience" of the individual, shaped the way we understand the Buddha's teachings? How does the naturalistic worldview of modern science influence how we interpret the doctrines of 'dependent arising' and rebirth? How does romanticism – with its blending of the imagination, the arts, individualism and Christian spirituality – inform the way we have come to understand the Buddhist path?
In this symposium we want to explore how we cannot help looking at the Dharma in terms of these paradigms, although we might not be aware of doing so (or especially if we are not aware). We also want to explore how these paradigms have played a role in Sangharakshita's thinking and teaching.
The retreat will start with dinner at 18:00 and you are welcome to arrive on site after 16:00, it will end at 14:30 on the last day.
For three-day events full payment is required at booking, which includes a £78 non-refundable deposit.
This retreat is open to people of all levels of experience
Start Date: 24th Jan 2020
End Date: 27th Jan 2020
Price: £111 (Waged/Supported (including deposit)) / £78 (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.