Sometimes the words from someone really makes one stop and see things more clearly. The other day I was listening to Martin Luther King’s sermon “Why I Oppose the Vietnam War” which he gave in 1967 shortly before his assassination. King underscores the sermon of the importance of love and he says
“When I speak of love I am not speaking of some sentimental and weak response I am speaking of that force which all of the great religions have seen as the supreme unifying principle of life. Love is somehow the key that unlocks the door which leads to ultimate reality.”
I have been editing the talks from the recent retreat Tejananda and I led on the Brahmaviharas and the Tonglen practices and Dr King’s words resonated with what these practices are about. The act of love is the key, as he says, that unlocks the door that leads to ultimate reality. It is in the act of love that we stop separating from what is actually happening and come into an intimate connection with life. Perhaps, taking it a bit further, love is the actual nature of ultimate reality.
As I said I have been editing the talks from the recent Awakening Heart and Divine Abodes Retreat. I am doing this to turn them into an ebooklet available to download with links to the led meditations from the Retreat. This is a new way of getting what we do out there and hopefully will lead to other ebooklets on other Retreat themes. I’ll keep you informed of progress.
After Spring like weather earlier in the week the weather turned back towards winter but that didn’t stop a team trip into Snowdonia in search of Dragons on Dinas Emrys. The weather was a mixture of rain and snow with a very occasional hint of sun and a dragon was found and befriended.
Here’s a link to the details of the legend which has hints of Padmasambhava about it.
First Cut of the Year.
1st April and the first cut of the Vajraloka lawns. The winter has been relatively mild after the cold and snow of the last year when we had to walk people out from two of the retreats because the road was blocked with snow. Spring and early summer are a lovely time to come on retreat at Vajraloka. The bluebells in the dell area now emerging from the ground for their beautiful display in a month or so’s time and the birds are beginning to really sing the change of season in.
From the beginning of June we will be closed for three months to facilitate the Building of the new Shower Annexe but we still have places on a number of our retreats between now and then.
As some of you may know Vajraloka is planning an upgrade to our Annex. This will provide more toilet and shower facilities, which for those of you who have been to Vajraloka will know is much needed.
We have been raising funds for this project which we expect to be in the region of £80000, and through our supporters generosity we have raised almost three quarters of this target.
The centre is closed over the summer for the work to proceed and once completed it will offer, literally a great deal of relief!
If you can offer Vajraloka help to reach our final target this will be very much appreciated by the team and all who come to stay with us on retreat for the many years to come.
You can either use the my donate link on this site or feel free to contact us to arrange a bank or pay-pal payment. Cheques can be made out to FWBO Corwen.
Gift aid is most welcome if you are in a position to do so and we can forward a form for this if necessary.
Once again thanks for all your support, financially and all that good will from so many of you.
The Vajraloka team
The daffodils began blossoming here at Vajraloka last week bringing Spring colours.
All of the retreats and retreat descriptions for 2019 are now up on the site – check the Calendar page and click to read the descriptions of retreats you’re interested in. You can also book from the page of each individual retreat.
The printed programme will be available soon – at the moment there is a temporary link on the calendar page which you can use to download the PDF of the full programme. (We’ll shortly have one up that does away with the adverts.)
Hope to see you here at Vajraloka during the coming months!
From the team,
Tejananda, Rijumitra, Jinapalita, Saccavicaya and Prajnapriya