6 Day Retreat led by Tejananda
Compassion and Emptiness
For Order Members and Mitra of the Triratna Buddhist Community
Thursday February 20, 2020 , 7:00 pm – Wednesday February 26, 2020 , 3:00 pm
Benevolence – metta – and compassion, as taught by the Buddha, are essentially boundless liberations of the mind. The familiar practices with 5 or 6 stages are entry points which enable 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 these afflictions, even if temporary, enables us to return to the nature of the boundless qualities as the Buddha himself taught them: a simple, unlimited radiance of love and compassion.
This, in turn, enables an opening to the progressive contemplation of emptiness. The Buddha’s approach, found in the 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.
Over this retreat we’ll explore these wonderful, liberative teachings from a perspective of deep body awareness and in a spirit of open inquiry.
Tejananda has been the chair of Vajraloka Retreat Centre in North Wales since 2001. He was ordained by Sangharakshita in 1980.
6 day residential retreat starting Thursday 20 February 2020 at 7pm and concluding on Wednesday 26 February 2020 at 3pm
A retreat for Order Members and Mitras in the Triratna Buddhist Community
Booking Essential: $580 Full Waged, $480 Low Waged and $380 Concession