Led by Vessantara - Hosted by Adhisthana
An Online Retreat for Order Members
Recently, over 130 Order members came together to participate in a very successful online retreat on the Bodhicitta Practice. During it we created together, and then deepened into, what felt like a ‘field of bodhicitta practice’. This retreat aims to take us further into that field of love and wisdom. (If you weren’t on that retreat you’re most welcome to join us this time!)
The retreat’s title is a line by Walt Whitman that Sangharakshita used to quote with approval, relating it to practising the Dharma. It sums up the attitude of the bodhisattva, expressed in the culminating verse of the Sevenfold Puja: Transference of Merits and Self-Surrender.
In these 6 days our main emphasis will again be on meditation. This time we’ll move from the fundamental development of bodhicitta to explore Dana Paramita. We will focus on meditations and ritual practices that encourage and train us to open our hearts, give ourselves more to life, and find greater freedom.
The retreat will be loosely based on the material in Sangharakshita’s lecture The Significance of Offerings and Self-Sacrifice from his Creative Symbols of the Tantric Path. As well as continuing to explore tonglen (giving and receiving practice), we’ll also look at the principles behind meditations and rituals that focus on generosity and giving ourselves. These include making offerings on different levels, the Mandala Offering, and the Chod practice.
Vessantara won’t give a full introduction to these practices but will focus on the understandings and principles that underlie them all. (However, there will be instruction available if you’d like to learn a set of traditional mudras for making outer offerings, and/or to use a traditional mandala offering set.)
Although the retreat focuses on inner practice, the meditation teaching should help address issues that can affect our outer giving, such as guilt, neglecting oneself, and other ‘near enemies’ of skilful generosity. Clarifying these areas will allow us to be generous in ways that are frictionless and appropriate for us, and help us to be of maximum benefit to others.
The programme will include teaching, guided meditations and rituals, small group discussions and opportunities to ask questions. It will again be based at Adhisthana and run on a dana basis.
Clocks in different parts of the world will have gone forwards or back since the last retreat, so the session timings are different. We have done our best to set the teaching sessions at times that are likely to suit the majority of Order members from around the world. With such a spread of time zones, we can’t accommodate everyone. So, if you can’t attend a live session, recordings will be available to watch within half an hour of the end of each session.
The following times are all GMT:
Session 1: 7.00–8.30am: Unguided meditation, joining the morning double meditation at Adhisthana, led by a member of the community.
Session 2: 10am–12 noon: Teaching session with Vessantara.
Session 3: 4.00 – 4.30pm: Discussion in small groups.
4.30 – 5.30pm: Guided meditation with Vessantara.
Session 4: 8 – 9pm: Teaching session with Vessantara.
The retreat will begin with session 2 at 10am on Saturday the 7th, and finish after session 4, at 9pm on Thursday the 12th.
This retreat is for members of the Triratna Buddhist Order
Start Date: 7th Nov 2020
End Date: 12th Nov 2020
This Event is by Donation (Dana). Our system requires a payment when you book, which unfortunately we are unable to refund. For dana events the rest of the retreat is on a dana basis, and during the retreat there will be an appeal for dana.
Bursary Fund - If you can’t afford to come on retreat you might be interested in applying for our Bursary Fund.