Meditation and the Fire of Imagination - Easter Long Weekend

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.

We need myths and symbols to really light up our hearts. We need colour and images for the Buddha's teaching to really come alive, and not just be dry and abstract. How do we incorporate this into our meditation, especially if we think we don't have a very good imagination? Our minds are imagining all the time, and meditation is about having choice, creativity, and receptivity about what we imagine. During this long weekend retreat you'll get an understanding of the Buddhist view of imagination, and a grounding in how to bring more imagination into your meditation practice. You may find this quite transformational in how you meditate, and even what you think meditation is!

Vajragupta is the author of five books on Buddhism, including Wild Awake: Alone, Offline and Aware in Nature. He has taught meditation and Buddhism for over twenty-five years. After four years where he lived a 'homeless' life, spending time at different Buddhist Centres around the world, he is now the Chair of the Croydon Buddhist Centre.

Covid-secure requirements

We are no longer asking each retreatant to take a lateral flow test before travelling to Rivendell, but we are asking that they bring a test with them in case they fall ill whilst here.

We want those that come to Rivendell to be confident that we are making their stay here as safe as possible.

Concession information

Rivendell has a concessionary rate available for most of its retreats. If you are in need of further financial assistance to help enable you to come on retreat here, please do consider writing to our office team via bookings@rivendellretreatcentre.com explaining your circumstances.

Cancellation policy

All deposits are non-refundable and non-transferable in all circumstances. If you wish to cancel your place on a retreat, we require a minimum notice of 4 calendar weeks before a retreat is due to take place, in order that a refund (not the deposit) will be possible. If you cancel and we can't replace you, you will be required to pay half the total cost of the retreat. Please let us know as soon as possible if you need to cancel, as there may be other people waiting for a place on the retreat to become available. Any refund will still be on the basis that we can the fill your space.

Retreat Leaders: 
Vajragupta
Single Room Availability: 
Sorry, but the single room is not available on this retreat now
Retreat Type: 
Date: Thursday, March 28, 2024 to Monday, April 1, 2024

Prices for this event are: £289 - £269 (Conc)

Selected Price: 
£289.00

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