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Open Day Retreat with Lokeshvara – How Is My Life Going?
Sunday April 1, 2018, 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Join Lokeshvara for a day retreat at the Melbourne Buddhist Centre, looking at the themes of intuition, rapture and persistence and their importance in the spiritual life.
This workshop / day retreat will be using the framework of intuition, rapture and persistence, to ask: am I happy with how it is going? Is my life expressing my most important values? Am I clear what the next steps are?
In our community we often speak of becoming a ‘true individual’, able to take responsibility for our own life and finding ways of contributing to helping other people flourish around us. This means having the courage to turn and face what is uncomfortable and difficult within us. This is not always easy and success is harder to measure than in material areas of life. And yet the “Enlightening” process can produce real, tangible rewards.
Intuition is closely connected to to a Pali word Saddha, and this means having confidence in a worthwhile vision that is bigger than your own individuality, even though you can’t completely “know” what that big vision exactly is. In the story of the Buddha’s life there is a moment when he is thinking where to go next in his quest for the deathless, having exhausted every method available to him. He remembers sitting under a rose apple tree as his father ploughed a field, sitting completely at ease, content and still. He intuited that this might be the state of mind required to investigate the nature of existence. There’s also some fascinating neuroscience that explores the significant differences between the left and right hemispheres of the brain, concluding that the right hemisphere function is deeply intuitive (arrived at by broad, open, sustained, vigilant awareness) and often undervalued.
Rapture is a translation for the Pali word Piti, and it also means joy, delight and enthusiasm. I want to describe why I think it’s essential for a good life, how to go looking for it, and how to avoid both cynicism and hedonism. In the words of the great Dr Ambedkar, a totem of our community, “if there is no enthusiasm, life becomes a drudgery – a mere burden to be dragged. Nothing can be achieved if there is no enthusiasm”.
Persistence means keeping going without being over wilful. There’s a beautiful instruction given by the Buddha to one is his disciples who happened to be a musician and played the Indian equivalent of a lute: a stringed instrument. The strings, said the Buddha, have to be just taut enough, not too slack and not over tight, and this is the kind of effort we need to apply in our lives. I try and live striving continuously to change myself and the world, whilst at the same time remaining entirely at ease with myself as I am, and the world as it is. This paradox is vital, hard to do, intensely rewarding, and possible to resolve.
Lokeshvara is the President of the MBC and Triratna Buddhist Order Convener.
Suitable to all those who know our practices.
Sunday 1 April, 10am to 4pm at the Melbourne Buddhist Centre
Booking Essential: Click Here to Book Online or call the MBC.
A vegan lunch and refreshments will be provided on the day.
$90 Full Waged, $70 Low Waged and $50 Concession