To attend this retreat you will need to have been regularly meditating for at least two years and regularly attend retreats, a centre or a group within the context of the Triratna Buddhist Community. You must also be comfortable with extended periods of sitting meditation, Buddhist devotional practice and spending most of the retreat in silence.
“It is impossible to have clarity without metta objectifying your perception.” -Sangharakshita
This sentence from Sangharakshita, in one stroke, dismantles any separation between loving kindness and mindfulness. This retreat will explore the meeting place of the two qualities through the mindfulness and insight teachings of the Satipatthana Sutta, and the Brahma Viharas or ‘Divine Abodes’, of metta, compassion, sympathetic joy and equanimity. On the retreat we will cultivate the seeds of awareness and kindness to come to see in our own experience how and where love meets wisdom. The retreat will mainly be in silence, with input and meditation reviews.
Vajradevi has been meditating for over 30 years and was ordained in 1995. She regularly leads meditation workshops and retreats based around the Satipatthana Sutta and has explored approaches to awareness with the Burmese teacher, Sayadaw U Tejaniya and with Joseph Goldstein.