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.
“Picking violets by the side of the road, I forgot my begging bowl. How sad you must be, my poor little bowl.” — Ryokan
A Retreat on the Art of Perception. When we realise how much the world we live in is influenced by mind, we also discover that we can choose the kind of world we want to live in. What we experience is not the ‘thing out there’ but our own perception; our relationship with things is suddenly changed. The teapot and the bowl are no longer separate from us, but intimately connected to us, even a part of us. Go from consuming too much to cherishing everything. Bringing deep dharma teachings together, with meditation, silence, poetry, images, film, music and the world of things around us.
Vajradarshini started practising Buddhism in 1988 and since 1997 has been teaching and leading retreats. She recently started ‘Red Ladder Studio’ as a way to focus on the connection between art and dharma, between meditation and creativity. More details: www.redladderstudio.com