This retreat is suitable for those who have a regular meditation practice and who regularly attend retreats, a centre or a group within the context of the Triratna Buddhist Community. You will also need to be familiar with, and happy to participate in, Triratna Buddhist devotional practice and ritual (puja), be comfortable with extended periods of sitting meditation and the possibility on some retreats of periods spent in silence.
Each weekend costs £60 to book, plus a recommended donation of £30-50
(this can be paid at the booking checkout).
1. That the automated booking confirmation that you will receive will contain information that relates to a residential retreat, so please ignore that. It would cost money that we don't currently have to change our systems to reflect the circumstances of these special online events.
2. You will receive a joining email from us close to the start of each event (ideally the day before), with a Zoom link that will work for the whole of that particular retreat online event.
3. Zoom is a simple online communications platform that is very easy to use. If you have not used it before, we suggest that you download this programme and install for free before your retreat is due to take place. You can find the programme at this link: https://zoom.us/download. If you have any questions about using Zoom, please contact us at email@example.com
One teaching session each day 13.00 - 17.00 UK time, (with a break!).
Please feel free to attend either weekend or both.
Join Bodhipaksa in the first of two online weekend workshops exploring the four divine abidings (brahma-viharas) as a path to awakening. On this first weekend we’ll practice metta and karuna. Bodhipaksa’s practical and down-to-earth teaching emphasizes metta as kindness rather than “lovingkindness,” preferring the concrete, simple familiarity of the former term. Kindness is not a feeling we look for in meditation. It’s an attitude we look with.
Bodhipaksa's approach to the divine abidings stresses the practice of self-empathy as a foundational activity — often not sufficiently emphasized — that supports a deeper and more heart-felt level of kindness. When teaching compassion he outlines a step-by-step guide to the transformational practice of self-compassion and shows how this naturally expands to embrace others.
Both of these online weekends are ideal for people who find metta bhavana to be a difficult practice!
Bodhipaksa was ordained in 1993 and has spent most of his time since then writing and teaching. He formerly ran Dhanakosa retreat centre in the Highlands of Scotland and has taught meditation in universities and in prisons. He’s the author of several books on meditation and on Buddhist practice, including “This Difficult Thing of Being Human” — a book on self-compassion which was published by Parallax in November, 2019. He is also the founder of the online meditation center, www.wildmind.org.
Prices for this event are: £60