Led by Tejananda 

24 – 29 October (Please note: this online retreat starts the day following and ends the day before the original residential retreat.)

Benevolence – metta – together with compassion, joy and equanimity, were taught by the Buddha as boundless liberations of the mind. The familiar practices with five or six stages are entry points, enabling us to engage with our afflictive emotions – liking, disliking, ignoring – and to uncover the true, unlimited nature of the divine abodes. Liberation of the mind from afflictions, even if temporary, enables us to return to the boundless qualities as the Buddha himself taught them: simple, unlimited, radiant.

This, in turn, enables an opening to the progressive contemplation of emptiness. The Buddha’s approach, found in the ‘Shorter Discourse on Emptiness’ and other early texts of the Pali canon, is distinct from the more familiar approaches developed by the Mahayana schools. It is less analytical and more direct and experiential.

During the retreat, we’ll explore these wonderful, liberative teachings from a perspective of deep body awareness and in a spirit of open inquiry.

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This retreat is open to anyone who has been meditating for at least 3 years.

Please book by sending an email to vajraloka.online@gmail.com (not our usual email address). Your booking will be acknowledged and you’ll be emailed information for logging in to the Zoom sessions on the day before the online retreat starts.

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.

The programme for the online only retreat is now as follows:

09.30 – 11.30 input / workshop session (with a break)

4.30 – 5.15 Open meditation with bells (optional)

20.00 – 21.00 Brief input followed by led meditation