Going on Retreat

 Going on a Buddhist retreat is a great thing to do: space to think, time to meditate, learning about an aspect of the Dharma, enjoying being in the company of people who also value living a life based on values with as much awareness and kindness as possible.

If you’ve never been before, give it a go! And if you have been before, and know its value, now is a good time to look ahead and plan any retreats you may wish to go on. goingonretreat.com is a website that lists just about all the English-speaking retreats in Europe. Most of them are naturally in the UK, but you can go on a yoga retreat in Spain or meditate in Finland as well!

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New theme for Sangha Nights throughout February and March

We plan to start a new theme on Wednesday February 14thand fittingly this evening will include a period of the metta bhavana practice and an introduction to the topic of The Sangha Jewel: over the next few weeks we will explore questions including

  • What is ‘the Sangha’?
  • The relationship of ‘the individual’ and ‘the group’
  • Sangharakshita’s qualities of a ‘True Individual’
  • friendship and collective practice
  • communication
  • ‘can the spiritual community save the world?’ and more
all welcome!
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Parinirvana Day Retreat Sunday 11 February 2018

Come and join us for this day of practice! All welcome, however there is no instruction in meditation on the day.
It’s a time when we come together to reflect on the Buddha’s life and death, as well as on our own, and remember those we have known who have passed away.
We will spend the morning in silence, listening to an account of the last few weeks of the Buddha’s life, alternating these periods of reading with sitting and walking meditation. Do come and join us for this day of practice.

After the shared lunch there is time for personal reflection and discussion, and the day will end with a puja. If you wish, please bring photos of anyone who has died over recent years who you would like to remember on this day, to put on the shrine.

I hope many of you can make it, and I look forward to seeing you there!

Details for the day:
Sunday 11 February 2018 10.00 to 4.30pm,
at the Exeter Natural Health Centre

please arrive for 10am for tea, for a prompt 10.30am start.
Bring vegan or veg lunch to share,
There are quite a few cushions etc but if you can easily bring your own meditation gear then do bring them;
Bring photo of a loved one who has died and you’d wish to be remembered to put on the shrine

We look forward to seeing you there!

 

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Sangha Nights in January and February 2018

Our regular’s class takes place every Wednesday evening at the Exeter Natural Health Centre, just behind the Boston Tea Party on Queens St – all our welcome! If you haven’t been before, you can email Mokshini (via the ‘contacts’ page) if you’d like to find out more what to expect or talk about meditation and/or Buddhist practice.
The next few weeks are dedicated to the theme of Buddhist wisdom, the final stage of the Buddha’s Threefold Path of Ethics – Meditation – Wisdom:

Buddhist Wisdom: an exploration and practice of the ‘three marks of conditioned existence’ (the three lakshanas)

17 January – Buddhist Wisdom: three marks of conditioned existence – impermanence
24 January – Buddhist Wisdom – insubstantiality
1 February – Buddhist Wisdom – unsatisfactoriness
8 February – Working with the three marks/ the three ‘lakshanas’

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weekend retreat – a date for your diary!

A date for your diary! Weekend sangha retreat 1-3 June 2018

This promises to be a very special opportunity to practice at the East Devon Forest Garden, also known as Hridayabija, ‘the seed of the heart’.
This will run over the weekend starting Friday night with supper and ending on Sunday after lunch. We will be at the magical forest garden – it will be mainly camping (there may be one or two beds in caravans tbc) and we will meditate, study, and practice under canvas structures with lots of time to benefit from the beautiful garden all around.
More info on the theme of the event to follow, but do make a note of this date and plan to come. If you haven’t been on a retreat before, this will be a excellent opportunity to benefit from practice and dharma input, space and silence and time with friends. If you have any questions talk to Nandavajra or Mokshini

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