(Please note: this online retreat replaces the residential one here and is shorter, so the dates are different)
Led by Tejananda
12 – 18 December
There’s a great deal of ‘emptiness’ in the Heart Sutra, The Bodhisattva Avalokiteshvara, who expounds this teaching, declares not only that ‘in emptiness there is no form,’ but that all the constituents of our psycho-physical being, without exception, are empty. What does this mean? Just what is emptiness? And what does it have to do with our own Dharma practice?
These are very pertinent questions, which we will be addressing and exploring on this retreat. We’ll see how reality is empty of our views about it – views which aren’t just harmless opinions but which give rise to endless, unnecessary, suffering. We’ll see how our beliefs in an intrinsic, substantial ‘me’, separate from the rest of the world, has no basis in actual experience. And we’ll see how and why emptiness is, precisely, compassion.
As well as brief practical introductions to the themes of the sutra, there will be led meditations and inquiries pointing to the emptiness of self in the five skandhas, recitations of the sutra itself and plenty of time for personal practice.
This retreat is suitable for people who have been meditating for at least 3 years
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Please book by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org (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.