Vajraloka Retreats

Retreat Title: Pointing to the Moon - online retreat

Led by Tejananda

(This online retreat runs for 7 full days)

The well-known metaphor of ‘a finger pointing at the moon’ is itself a pointer to something essential in dharma practice: ‘don’t just stare at the finger, look and see the moon directly’!

Just looking at the finger suggests those times when we lose sight of the actual purpose of Dharma teachings and treat them as ends in themselves. What they are actually pointing us to, is bodhi - waking up from the delusions that give rise to suffering. Bodhi is the ‘moon’ of our true nature, which is always here, even when obscured by clouds.

In this online retreat, we’ll focus on the ‘moon’ by addressing a core delusion: “I am separate”. Partly this will involve exploring the teaching of anatta or ‘not-self’. Anatta isn’t suggesting that we’re somehow non-existent. Rather, it is pointing us back to our essential, non-divided nature.

We’ll approach this by cultivating calm, embodied, aware presence and opening to unconditional love. With that as our ground, we’ll explore our experience directly and interactively, using pointers as to how we create and sustain the delusion of a self-other dichotomy and separation. As we see through such delusions we begin to wake up from our belief that we are separate and to an essential truth of the dharma, the ‘moon’ of our undivided nature here and now.

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

Start Date: 9th Dec 2023
End Date: 15th Dec 2023

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