Root Verses of the Bardo Weekend Retreat
Friday July 10, 2020 , 7:00 pm – Sunday July 12, 2020 , 3:00 pm
The Root Verses of the Six Bardos is one of the sacred Tibetan texts called a terma, or “hidden treasures”. According to myth these texts go back to the great guru Padmasambhava. The Root Verses of the Six Bardos is only about a page long and despite being short, an amazing amount of Buddhist teaching is compressed into its verses. There is guidance for any sort of situation we may find ourselves in. And it’s much more accessible than the better known, later and longer terma called The Tibetan Book of the Dead.
The Root Verses of the Six Bardos is an inspirational text for reciting aloud. The verse form, with a degree of repetition, make it particularly suited for this. From the early days of the Triratna, over forty years ago, some Order members have often used it for recitation, finding it profound and inspiring. Such repetition is a traditional way of developing wisdom. However many times we recite the text, if we do it with a fresh awareness it never loses its profundity.
The aim of the retreat is to provide a general introduction, clarifying and discussing the meaning of each verse, so that those who wish to recite it can do so without any uncertainty or reservation. The weekend will also be a good general introduction to many of Buddhism’s teachings and practices.
The Bardo of Life
“Now, when the bardo of life is dawning upon me,
I will abandon laziness for which life has no time,
Enter the undistracted path of study, reflection, and meditation,
Making perceptual experience and mind the path, and realize the three Kayas;
Now that I have attained a human body,
There is no time on the path for mind to wander.”
Suitable for those familiar with our meditation practices.
Booking Essential: $230 Full Waged, $190 Low Waged and $130 Concession