These retreats are suitable for people who have been on retreat before and have a regular meditation practice.
Triratna: These retreats are suitable for those who are already practicing within the context of the Triratna Buddhist Community.
Previous experience of the mindfulness of breathing, metta bhavana meditations and 7-fold puja will be assumed.
MED: These retreats will be conducted mostly in silence and will normally have between 5 and 7 hours a day of sitting meditation.
'Writing is so much more than writing,' said Sangharakshita. Find ways to access the hidden possibilities in your writing and your life. Imagination is the secret ingredient which we enter through writing practice, meditation, ritual and discussion. You need be neither an experienced writer nor mediator, but we ask that you be familiar with Triratna practice, as no instruction will be given.
Ananda has co-led Wolf at the Door workshops around the world for the past sixteen years. He has had many poems published, and he has recently completed a Science Fiction novel.
Satyalila has been writing since her teens and has been involved with Wolf at the Door since 1998. In recent years she has been teaching and leading retreats at the Bristol Buddhist Centre.
Yoga is essentially an awareness practice. It has the potential to help us to reinhabit our bodies, to listen to our bodies` wisdom and to meet ourselves as we are with kindness and sensitivity. On this retreat we will explore some of the key principles that underpin the practice: how to access the primal rhythm of the breath to support movement, how to access the support of the ground through the giving of weight and exploring the relationship between stability / containment and opening/flexibility. We will have periods of collective silence during the week to support going deeper.
Open to those with a regular yoga practice who have previously attended a week long yoga and meditation retreat.
Going Deeper retreats
23 - 30 August 2013 - Going Deeper with Hillwalking & Meditation led by Nayaka (more info here)
11 - 18 October 2013 - Going Deeper: Fire of Awakening led by Nayaka & Pasadini
These retreats are an ideal first regulars retreat. They are open to anyone who has done an introductory retreat or has been attending a local centre and is looking to take their practice a bit deeper. They take successful themes from our introductory programme but gently introduce more silence, more meditation and more Buddhist ritual (including 7-fold Puja) than our introductory retreats.
An ideal exploration of deeper practice for people who might not feel ready for a traditional study or meditation retreat.
The path to liberating insight in Buddhism involves listening, reflecting and meditating on the Dharma. On this retreat we'll explore and practise all three, focusing especially on meditation. We will take fundamental Buddhist themes and make them our own, finding them in our experience on deeper and deeper levels until we come to direct, intuitive certainty. Through engaging in this process new confidence and freedom will flow into our everyday life.
The aim of the retreat is to help each participant find a way of reflecting and meditating on the Dharma that works for you, and that you can continue to practise when appropriate at home.
Men's Winter Retreat 2013- When Your Heart is in the Right Place
When your heart is in the right place, the rest is easy. Loving kindness, or metta is the gateway into compassion, appreciative joy and, insightful serenity. With a little music and video to help inspire us along the way, we will thoroughly explore the four meditations of the sublime abodes or Brahma Viharas.
This popular retreat for regulars is held over an especially reflective time of year. It offers an opportunity to look back over the previous year and to anticipate the next - with meditation, discussion, dharma study and a big ritual on New Year's Eve.
Suitable for friends and mitras who wish to deepen their Buddhist practice and who have been on at least one week-long retreat with the Triratna Buddhist Community.
DHANAKOSA Buddhist Retreat Centre, Balquhidder, Lochearnhead, FK19 8PQ, Scotland. Tel: 01877 384 213. firstname.lastname@example.org