Active Hope for Humanity ONLINE
Smritiratna first took up Buddhist practice in 1977 at the age of 21 while studying Developmental Psychology at Sussex University. At 27, he began training in earnest with the FWBO and entered the Western Buddhist Order in 1991.
In 1996, he came to Scotland, joined the Dhanakosa project and spent five years on-site, teaching and house-keeping. In 2001, he gave up house-keeping to concentrate on study, contemplation and teaching. He now lives in a forest hut near Dhanakosa. He still leads Dhanakosa retreats and continues to delight in introducing meditation to newcomers.
Khemasuri tried teaching herself meditation for a couple of years and found Taraloka after realising she need to ask the question ‘what do you do with an itch?’. He love of meditation lead her to the Dharma and she was ordained in 2005. Khemasuri has experience of rural, urban and Buddhafield Sanghas. She lives in Sheffield and has been co-ordinator for the team that supports the International Order Convenors for some while.
Khemasuri has a strong ‘lay’ interest in science and in particular how we can use ‘systems thinking’ as a way of understanding the Dharma and conditionality in particular.
Regulars - Triratna
These retreats are for people who are currently practising within the context of the Triratna Buddhist Community. Previous experience of the Mindfulness of Breathing and Metta Bhavana meditations and of the Sevenfold Puja will be assumed.
Seeing the dangers confronting humankind these days, we can feel depressed, demoralised and helpless to avert disaster - or even to talk about such feelings. This retreat provides a space not only to talk but to explore an extraordinary sequence of reflections and communal practices that can rekindle an active hope and vision for humanity.
The retreat takes its title from a book called ‘Active Hope’ co-authored by Joanna Macy. Having studied Buddhism, Joanna went on to develop this sequence of exercises and reflections to help us move from despair into an ‘active hope’. Such hope is far more than something vague and passive ... more like a vision for humanity, a future to which we can contribute and actively help to bring about.
The retreat will start at 10.15am on Saturday 24th April and finish at 1pm on Thursday 29th April. For more information read the retreat information sheet.
Doing an online retreat, you'll be engaging on the retreat within the unique conditions of your day to day life. In order to get the most out of the retreat, we ask you attend as much of the programme as possible. Ahead of the retreat we encourage you to spend some time thinking about how you can create supportive conditions for practice within your day to day environment.
This retreat will be running online using the zoom meeting platform. This works in most web browsers, and you can also get free apps for all major mobile platforms too. You don’t need to pay for an account to take part.