Writing as spiritual practice – for order members & mitras – 21st Sept

On three Saturday afternoons, June 15, July 20 and September 21 2019, there is an opportunity for up to 15 Order Members and Mitras to come together and explore writing as a spiritual practice with Satyalila.  No previous experience (of anything!) is necessary, it is not possible to ‘do it wrong’.  All you need is a willingness to show up and be honest with yourself on the page.  Sharing is optional – and very much part of the practice, whether you do or don’t decide to share any of what you’ve written.

2.30 – 5.30 pm

Places are limited so you need to book by emailing the Centre: info@bristol-buddhist-centre.org

NB this is not a course but 3 stand alone sessions, tho’ folk are free to attend as many as they wish

Satyalila has been exploring writing as a spiritual practice since she first did a Wolf at The Door writing weekend with Ananda and the late Manjusvara in 1998.  In 2014 she gave a short talk (about 17 mins) on the subject, called ‘Daring to look in the mirror’.  You can see a video of it here:

In brief, writing can be a powerful awareness practice which we can do alone and with others.  In the twenty-odd years since Wolf at The Door began, a strong ‘sangha-within-a-sangha’ has emerged of Order Members and Mitras who have written together – and shared their writing over many years.  The connections, understandings and insights from this prompted Satyalila to offer to lead writing practice as part of the 5-month residential Dharma Life Courses for women at Adhisthana in 2014.  One participant that year said that the writing weeks had ‘really enabled us to get on the metta-boat with each other’.  Each of the subsequent courses has included 2-3 weeks of writing practice and it’s become an established part of this intensive immersion in collective Dharma Life.
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