Dhyana & emptiness
Tejananda - Tejananda has been practising Buddhism and meditation for over 30 years and a member of the WBO since 1980. Since becoming an Order member, he has worked in a vegetarian café in Croydon, helped establish the Bristol Buddhist Centre, worked for the Karuna Trust, written a book introducing the fundamentals of Buddhism ' The Buddhist Path to Awakening ' and taught meditation and Dharma in many parts of the UK, Europe and the USA.
He has been part of the resident / teaching team at Vajraloka retreat centre in Wales since 1995 and became chairman of the centre in 2001. In meditation and Dharma practice he is particularly inspired by the formless meditations of the Tibetan Mahamudra and Dzogchen traditions, and devotion to Padmasambhava and Vajrayogini, which all finds reflection in his ‘Formless Meditation‘ retreats.
Regulars - Meditation
Suitable for people who have been on retreat before and have a regular meditation practice. These retreats will be conducted mostly in silence, and will normally have between 5 and 7 hours a day of sitting meditation.
From the earliest days, the main meditative approach to awakening in Buddhism has combined the cultivation of calmness of mind (shamatha) and mental absorption (dhyana) with the cultivation of liberating insight (vipashyana).
Accessing dhyana seems very natural for some people and a complete mystery to others. On this retreat, Tejananda will be suggesting approaches that people have found to be helpful and effective. This may involve questioning both our own views and some of what the tradition has to say about dhyana practice. We’ll proceed on the basis of asking ‘What, in our experience, is and is not actually helpful?’.
For more information see the retreat information sheet.