Vajraloka Retreats

Retreat Title: Compassion and Emptiness

Led by Tejananda

The Buddha taught the divine abodes – unconditional love, compassion, joy and equanimity – not just as states of calm, but as ways to liberate the mind. The Brahmavihara practices enable us to cultivate these qualities and to engage with our afflictive emotions – craving, hatred and ‘ignoring’ – in relation to them. In doing so, we’re already engaging with insightful perspectives. Sooner or later, we’re likely to start glimpsing the uncultivated, unlimited, unconditional nature of these qualities, free from afflictions. We’ll explore these possibilities in the first part of the retreat from a perspective of deep, embodied awareness and in a spirit of openness and curiosity.

This will provide us with an excellent basis for our contemplations of emptiness. Based on the ‘Shorter Discourse on Emptiness’, an early Buddhist text, this approach to emptiness is less analytical and more experiential than many of those developed in later Mahayana schools. Starting with our everyday experience, it enables us to ‘experience’ emptiness progressively in relation to some subtle states of formless meditation and the liberation of ‘signlessness’. It doesn’t matter how far through this progression we manage to get – emptiness is emptiness and discovering it in relation to our ordinary experience now can be quite profound enough!

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Please note: Because of the way our website is set up, you'll see a note below stating “This retreat is on a dana basis. No payment is needed to book.” However, while no deposit is required and online retreats are on a dana basis, if this retreat is residential, as we hope, the full and concessionary rates are as stated.

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

Start Date: 6th Nov 2021
End Date: 13th Nov 2021
Price: £315 (Full Price) / £287 (Conc Price)

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

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