Retreat Title: Emptiness and the Heart Sutra
Led by Tejananda
There’s a great deal of ‘emptiness’ in the Heart Sutra, The Bodhisattva Avalokiteshvara, who expounds this teaching, declares not only that ‘in emptiness there is no form,’ but that all the constituents of our psycho-physical being, without exception, are empty. What does this mean? Just what is emptiness? And what does it have to do with our own Dharma practice?
These are very pertinent questions, which we will be addressing and exploring on this retreat. We’ll see how reality is empty of our views about it – views which aren’t just harmless opinions but which give rise to endless, unnecessary, suffering. We’ll see how our beliefs in an intrinsic, substantial ‘me’, separate from the rest of the world, has no basis in actual experience. And we’ll see how and why emptiness is, precisely, compassion.
As well as brief practical introductions to the themes of the sutra, there will be led meditations and inquiries pointing to the emptiness of self in the five skandhas, recitations of the sutra itself and plenty of time for personal practice.
This retreat is suitable for people who have been meditating for at least 3 years
Start Date: 9th Dec 2020
End Date: 18th Dec 2020
Price: £405 (Full Price) / £369 (Conc Price)