utopia for realists - exploring a buddhist vision of our economic future
Having been practising meditation and Buddhism for over 22 years, Vaddhaka now spends most of his time teaching in Estonia. His main current passion is reading and reflecting on Buddhism and economics, and has travelled through Europe, Scandinavia and Australia and New Zealand giving many talks on different aspects of this theme. Walking in mountains gives him inspiration, so he is looking forward to being in the Highlands after too long away.
Nayaka - Nayaka came to Dhanakosa in 1996 after learning to meditate with the Newcastle Buddhist Centre. Drawn by the mountains, he quickly felt at home here and became increasingly involved in the running of the centre. He became part of the management team in 1999, was ordained into the Western Buddhist Order in 2001 and became centre director in 2006. He has a background in earth and life sciences, has a long standing interest in natural history and a love of the wilderness.
Nayaka lives at Dhanakosa with Dharmavasini and their 2 children.
Open to all, these retreats are suitable for both beginners and those with more experience, but no previous experience is assumed. All these retreats include introductory meditation teaching and periods of silence.
What can a Buddhist perspective bring to the world today to help provide everyone with a sense of community, a worthwhile job, and a sense of fulfilment, whilst protecting the environment? Vaddhaka will lead an exploration of how money and the search for happiness impacts upon our lives, and how an alternative approach based on Buddhist values might be built.
For more information, read the retreat information sheet.