I Am Because We Are – Rains Retreat – Day 1 – with Singhashri

I Am Because We Are - Rains Retreat - Day 1 - with Singhashri

Fri Oct 14th 2022 7:30pm - 9:30pm
in person
by donation

“I am because we are” is a traditional saying from the African Ubuntu tradition invoking the truth of interconnectedness and the promise of beloved community.

We all yearn to find and engage with others in spaces of deep meaning and heart-felt belonging, where we are each doing our own work in authentic connection with one another.

This is the ideal of Beloved Community.

Our dharma practice provides a crucible where we hold the tension between our ideals and what is happening now, which sometimes feels very far from our ideals.

How do we show up for ourselves and others with an attitude of openness and curiosity, willing to see clearly the parts of us that are both longing for freedom and those still in the shadows, confused, or actively resisting change?

This question is relevant to both how we work internally and also how we engage in beloved community. It is the ground from which true inclusivity can take root, grow and flourish, creating beloved community from the inside out.

Together we’ll explore:

  • Our intentions for practicing and our vision for liberation for ourselves and others
  • How our unique conditioning shows up in the space of meditation and how we relate to what’s happening now
  • Embodiment as a radical act
  • The role of joy and pleasure in opening to ourselves, one another and the world
  • How a creative response to fear, grief and anger can support our efforts towards collective liberation
  • The co-created and interconnected nature of experience and reality

A non- residential retreat Open to all Order members, mitras and those who have completed an introductory course and are working to deepen their Buddhist practice. You are invited to attend as much of the retreat as you can but is open for you to come and go as you need to. We recognise that some of us will have other commitments during the retreat.

14th – 20th October with special guest teacher Singhashri.

Come for part of the retreat, or the whole thing for the full experience and depth.

Email us with which days you’re joining – this helps us judge numbers for the food, etc: info@bristol-buddhist-centre.org

Download the programme here.

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