Category Archives: Day of Practice

Day of Practice – The Centre of the Storm – Saturday 9th March 2019

The Centre of the Storm (Cultivating Equanimity) – led by Jenna Ghouse

Gain and loss, praise and blame, fame and disrepute, pleasure and pain: by the nature of our worldly existence we are constantly buffeted by the vicissitudes of everyday life. We cannot avoid this, nor can we hope to control the events and situations that life throws at us: but what we can begin to practise with is our response to these situations. So how can we develop a sense of equanimity in the face of the ever-changing and often challenging conditions of the world? And can we discover a way to remain fully engaged, experiencing life with all its ups and downs, yet find a place of inner stillness – the calm at the centre of the storm?

The day will include periods of sitting and walking meditation, reflections and sharing on the theme. Meet in the Retreat Centre Kitchen from 9.30am. There will be a short orientation talk at 9.45 and we will then gather in the Retreat Centre shrine room for a 10.00am start.

Please bring already prepared vegetarian food for a shared lunch if you can. The day finishes at 5.00pm. No booking is required.  There is no fee although donations towards the Retreat Centre are always appreciated. Those new to Buddhism or this tradition are welcome.

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.