Animist Dharma: exploring buddhist animism
Dhivan is from Somerset in England, and was ordained into the Triratna Buddhist Order in 2004. His book This Being That Becomes: the Buddha's teaching on conditionality was published by Windhorse in 2011. He lives in Bristol, where he teaches philosophy for the Open University.
His website is www.dhivan.net
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, a long standing interest in natural history and a love of the wilderness. He lives at Dhanakosa with Dharmavasini and their 2 children.
Vandika recently moved to Somerset, England, after 25 years of London life, and was ordained into the Triratna Buddhist Order in 2006. She has a background in design and fine art, with a passion for exploring meditative experience and the Dharma through painting and drawing.
Her website is: www.laurathomsonpainting.co.uk
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.
Can we practice the Dharma in a way that deepens our sense of aliveness and connection with the living earth?
On this retreat we will go back to practices taught by the Buddha, whose teaching reflects the animistic culture of ancient India, such as meditating on the six elements and the six sense spheres, to overcome the modern separation of the ego from nature, and to rediscover the background hum of life in every moment of experience in our bodies and out in the world.
Dhanakosa is an excellent venue for this kind of retreat, with its combination of elemental grandeur and good conditions for meditation indoors and outside.
This retreat is for people who already practice with the Triratna Buddhist community and have a basic grasp of the mindfulness of breathing and the meta bhavana, and basic Buddhist principles, as taught in Triratna.
For more information read the retreat information sheet.