This retreat is suitable for those who have a regular meditation practice and who regularly attend retreats, a centre or a group within the context of the Triratna Buddhist Community. You will also need to be familiar with, and happy to participate in, Triratna Buddhist devotional practice and ritual (puja), be comfortable with extended periods of sitting meditation and the possibility on some retreats of periods spent in silence.
Starting with the Buddha himself, Dharma practitioners through the ages have tried to find ways of communicating the ineffable and mysterious experience of awakening. They have done so through concepts, ideas, images and symbols. One such way is the image of the Five Buddha Mandala. A mandala is a symbol of wholeness radiating from a central point. In this particular mandala five separate Buddha figures are arranged to represent the five principle aspects of how the enlightened mind both experiences and acts in the world. On this retreat we will explore what it is like to dwell in this mandala and to absorb the wisdom and compassion that these archetypal figures embody. We will see how this illuminates our own experience and provides a frame of reference for being in the world that enriches ourselves and others and leads to awakening. With meditation, ritual, discussion, gentle body work and days spent in silence.