Breaking out of the Prison of Samsara - Residential Sangha Weekend
Friday 24 March 2023 – Sunday 26 March 2023
Spring Residential Sangha Retreat at the Beamsley Project in the Yorkshire Dales. Open to all who have attended an Introductory Course or who have a regular meditation practice.
"All those who suffer in the world do so because of their desire for their own happiness. All those happy in the world are so because of their desire for the happiness of others"
"Should Bodhichitta come to birth in those who suffer, chained in the prisons of Samsara, in that instant they are called the children of the Blissful One, revered by all the world, by gods and humankind."
On this retreat Taravandana, Mahasraddha and Shakyapada will lead us in exploring one of the most popular accounts of the Buddhist spiritual path - The Bodhicarayavatara, or way of the Bodhisattva, written in the early eighth century by Santideva. It takes as its subject the profound desire to become a Buddha and save all beings from suffering. The person who enacts such a desire is a Bodhisattva, and Santideva not only sets out the practice of a Bodisattva but he also evokes the intense feelings of aspiration of one who is intent on following this path.
This inspiring work can be the foundation of our own aspirations and practice of the Dharma.
Our sangha weekends are the perfect introduction to the benefits of going on retreat. They are friendly and sociable with tasty vegan food and beautiful accommodation, plus a weekend of going deeper with our practice. This includes meditation, study, ritual and discussion.
Cost: £75 deposit plus a donation at the end of the weekend (or when booking). Donate what you wish, but we suggest a further £75 if you can. However, please give whatever you can afford (or nothing).
To book, please click the link below.