Monthly Archives: December 2018

Day of Practice – Saturday 12 January 2019 – ‘Life without Sila is like a car without brakes’ – led by Martin Evans

The theme – ‘Life without Sila is like a car without brakes’ is taken from a quote by Ajahn Amaro. 

‘Sila’ or morality is the foundation of meditation practice – because when we establish Sila, our mind becomes naturally joyful and at ease.  But it is difficult to calm the mind if we are troubled by the consequences of our actions.  To avoid what is unwholesome we need brakes – and we need to know when to stop. 

The day will include periods of guided and silent meditation practice.  In the afternoon there will be a talk and discussion on the theme. 

Registration is from 9.30am in the Retreat Centre Kitchen.  There will be a short orientation talk at 9.45am and then we gather in the Retreat Centre Shrine Room at 10am to start the day. Bring warm outdoor clothing for walking meditation. 

Please bring some vegetarian food to share if you can.  No booking required.

 

Day of Practice Saturday 15 December – ‘Back to Basics’ – led by Nick Carroll

The clarity, directness and simplicity of the Buddha’s insights are remarkable given the context of the world he lived in. They are as applicable today as when they were originally taught.

His insights gave rise to his core teachings of The Three Refuges, The Four Noble Truths and The Eightfold Noble Path, a framework of reference for an active inquiry into life as well a path of practice that leads from entrapment in the conditioned to the freedom of the Unconditioned.

The day will include silent sitting and walking practice in the morning, quiet time for oneself after the meal followed by an afternoon of shared reflections and Q&A on the theme.  All are welcome.

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 food which doesn’t need preparation to share if you can.  No booking required.  No fee but donations towards the Retreat Centre running costs will be welcome.