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Weekend Retreat – From Reactive Mind to Creative Mind
Friday May 17, 7:00 pm - Sunday May 19, 3:00 pm
Using the Nidana chain meditation in everyday life
Led by Lokeshvara
Journeys are embedded in our DNA. Those who study the myths, the migration patterns and the mechanics of human evolution know this. The Buddha gave us a set of maps or dreaming tracks to navigate our way through the last great journey: changing our minds. So that we can reach a state of allowing the ebb and flow of experiences to exist without our fearful clinging to what is familiar and limiting.
One of the most important maps in the entire Buddhist tradition is the Nidana chain. The Buddha describes how the mind usually functions, and where it is possible to recognise the gap between ‘feeling’ and ‘craving’ where a new kind of consciousness becomes possible. We can learn the meditation but it is vital we learn how to do this in the midst of life, and connect this map to the others we know. This is the purpose of the retreat.
In a lecture given in 1967 in London, Sangharakshita described these two modes of consciousness ‘reactive’ and ‘creative’. It is here that we discover or traverse what’s known as the battleground of the spiritual life.
Suitable for those who are familiar with our meditation practices.
7pm Friday 17 May to 3pm Sunday 19 May at Baanya Biami, west of Melbourne
$230 Full Waged, $190 Low Waged, $130 Concession