In the hustle and bustle of the modern world it can be easy to dream of a simple life and imagine that would be the solution to our problems, “if all I had was a bowl and some robes…” But when we find ourselves in situations where things are simple we can struggle to adjust, such as sitting in meditation, dealing with noble silence, or the daily routine of a retreat. Being able to embrace simplicity is something that our practice can benefit from, and it is something that should be developed from the inside not just through external conditions. In our practice we aim not to be content with nothing, but instead to be content with everything, whatever that may be.
The day will be focussed on simplicity and exploring our own experience of contentment. The morning will consist mainly of silent meditation practice with some suggestions for investigation. Some reflections on the theme will be offered in the afternoon, and the rest of the day will be devoted to further meditation and investigation.
Registration is from 9.30am in Retreat Centre Kitchen for a 9.45am orientation talk and a 10am start. The day finishes at 5pm. There will be a shared light lunch – please bring some vegetarian food which doesn’t need preparation to share, on this day simple food is fine, even something as simple as sandwiches as long as they have vegetarian/vegan fillings.
No booking required. No fee. All are welcome.
1 April- day of practice – Annmarie McKay
6 May- day of practice – Ajahn Cittapala – facilitated by Martin Evans
16-18 June – weekend retreat – Martin Evans and Annmarie McKay
15 July- day of practice – Symon Price
1-5 September – 5 day retreat – Martin Evans
28 October- day of practice (N.B. 9.45am start) – Ajahn Amaro – facilitated by Nick Carroll
10-12 November – weekend retreat – Nick Carroll
16 December- day of practice – Symon Price
Days of Practice start at 10am unless otherwise stated – Registration from 9.30am – please aim to arrive by 9.45am. No booking is required. There will be a shared lunch – bring some vegetarian food (which doesn’t need any preparation) to share if you can.
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