Vajraloka Retreats

Retreat Title: Emptiness and the Heart Sutra - ONLINE retreat

Led by Tejananda

The Heart Sutra is one of the most familiar and ubiquitous of all Buddhist texts and, inevitably, there are innumerable takes on ‘what it means’. How do we square the opening statement that the skandhas (our psycho–physical constituents) are ‘empty’ with the following one that ‘in emptiness’ there are no skandhas, no senses, no conditioned–arising? Early western commentators saw the sutra as full of paradox – but what if it is not an attempt to bamboozle our minds, but a hands–on method of practice and realisation?

These are some of the questions that we’ll be exploring on this retreat. We’ll see how our belief in an intrinsic, substantial ‘me’, separate from the rest of the world, has no basis in actual experience and is the underlying cause of suffering. We’ll see how and why the wisdom of emptiness is, precisely, compassion. And we’ll approach emptiness not as a topic of ‘Buddhist philosophy’, but as a direct way of realising our deepest nature, from which we are never apart.

The session times will be (UK time):

09.30 - 11.30 - interactive session with led meditations

16.30 - 17.15 - Open meditation with bells, no input

20.00 - 21.00 - Some input or discussion and a led meditation

This is a dana event – please give whatever you can afford via the donation button on any page of this website. The principle of dana includes you being welcome to a free retreat – we don’t want anyone to be financially constrained from attending.

This retreat is suitable for people who have been meditating for at least 3 years

Start Date: 16th Jan 2021
End Date: 23rd Jan 2021

Please note: This retreat is on a dana basis. No payment is needed to book.

Sorry, this retreat is now full. If you would like your name to be put on a waiting list please contact us.