Order/Mitra Weekend Retreat with Lokeshvara
Friday March 16, 7:30 pm - Sunday March 18, 3:00 pm
Into the Ruined House: Trainings in Fearlessness
“I have been reflecting on fear and becoming fearless since 2015 when I happened across this short poem written by a 10th century Japanese aristocrat-Buddhist-woman called Izumi Shikibu:
The wind blows terribly here
But moonlight also leaks between the roof planks
Of this ruined house.
For several years previously, I had used the image and metaphor of the forest as a place of fear, as a refuge and as a place to train in fearlessness. Here was an equally evocative image of the RUINED HOUSE. I take it as a metaphor for the self, and the wind as life, probably a reference to the eight worldly winds which in the words of the Buddha:
These eight worldly winds spin after the world, and the world spins after the worldly winds. Which eight? Gain, loss, status, disgrace, censure, praise, pleasure and pain.
The moonlight is a metaphor for awakening. By turning to face the deep drives within us without flinching, we see the ‘ruined house’: impermanence and the dependent arising nature of the self. And what’s more the awakening may arrive in unexpected ways, as Jane Hirschfield – the translator of the poem – points out, though the gaps in the roof and not through the expected doors or windows.
The only real path to freedom is to train ourselves to turn towards the things we fear with a mind that is kind enough, still enough and simply big enough to do this. There are a number of pathways in and out of the ruined house. I suggest we look at four of them on this retreat, using one of the most enduring Buddhist frameworks we have, the three fold path of ethics, meditation, wisdom and adding a forth, ritual and devotion. Looking at how each of these helps us to become fearless.”
A weekend residential retreat for Order Members and the Mitra Sangha with the President of the Melbourne Buddhist Centre, Lokeshvara.
Open to the Order Members and Mitras of the Triratna Buddhist Community.
$250 Full Waged, $185 Low Waged, $120 Concession
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