Weekend retreat for women mitras at the Eastdown Centre 7-9 Dec

A weekend for women mitras: finding and negotiating ways to regenerate and renew ourselves. To nourish the brightness of our potential that longs to shine. 

Led by Dayajoti, Dharmamrta and Karunavapi.

Experiential Dharma practice with workshops, bodywork, walking and group discussioin.

 
When we have become more aware, our minds more refined, and released spiritually, the question arises – ‘What is there? What is left?’. What comes into being, in Sangharakshita’s system of meditation, is a new being based on wisdom and compassion. That new being is the Bodhisattva. So the dharma follower is reborn (metaphorically) as a Bodhisattva. She becomes something quite new, quite different. Instead of being driven by ego it is the Bodhicitta that comes through us: this is the stage of spiritual regeneration. 
In this stage we sense into the qualities of Awakening, how they feel in body and heart-mind; and imagine how they will feel and manifest when fully realised.
 
 
Please bring loose trousers for bodywork.
 
Non-refundable booking fees below – early bird until 11 Nov
 
 
 
 

Getting to know Bhante & his thought

… a chance to encounter Sangharakshita through the Complete Works

The second set of volumes of Sangharakshita’s Complete Works has now been published and once again Dhivan and Satyalila will offer some half-day study sessions this autumn for Mitras, Order Members and friends interested in becoming Mitras. It’s an opportunity to get a sense of the many dimensions of Sangharakshita and the diversity of ways in which he has communicated the Dharma. It will also enable us to consider the context in which he gave various teachings – a vital aspect of understanding his work for future generations.

Sunday 30 September 2–5pm: Facing Mount Kanchenjunga (the second volume of Bhante’s memoirs)
Sunday 28 October 2–5pm: The Survey of Buddhism & The Buddha’s Noble Eightfold Path (the Survey is generally regarded as Bhante’s Magnum Opus so this one is a must!)
Saturday 24 November 2–5 pm: Milarepa and the Art of Discipleship (two volumes with previously unpublished material on Tibet’s great yogi and approaches to insight)

 

Dhivan is a Buddhist scholar and also a poet who has an appreciation of Bhante’s emphasis on the arts as a vital aspect of spiritual practice. Satyalila is part of the team producing Sangharakshita’s Complete Works. Her life has been inspired and guided by Bhante’s presentation of the Dharma for almost 25 years and she’s keen to help others appreciate Bhante’s ‘radically traditional’ approach to Buddhist practice. Listen to them here

The sessions will include an overview of each volume by Dhivan and Satyalila and a close look at a few selected passages. It’s not necessary to own the volumes or have read the material prior to the session – though we hope you’ll be inspired to explore further!

You can buy individual volumes in the bookshop or from windhorse publications (they are also available as ebooks) or subscribe to the whole series and help to fund this great project.