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.
On this retreat, with a sense of imagination, adventure and playfulness, we will explore the images, myths and symbols of the Buddha’s journey to Awakening. These mythic images from the Buddha’s story also touch upon the deeper archetypal currents in our own lives. On the retreat we will imaginatively dwell upon the major turning points in the life of the Buddha and reflect on their resonance in our own experience. So, rather than seeing the Buddha as a distant historical figure, we will see how his life embodies the very real journey we all need to embark upon to live a fully human life. With meditation, ritual, discussion and periods of silence.
Mandarava was ordained in 1997 and is a storyteller and puppet maker known for inspiring creativity in others and creating an atmosphere of magical depth.
Nagasiddhi regularly leads and supports retreats at Rivendell and is also an artist. He is known for the sense of humour and creativity he brings to his dharma teaching. In particular, he helps others make connections between the dharma and their own lives by using stories and images from the 'western' traditon. His own art work can be viewed at nagasiddhi.com