Living with change: the working of the three marks of existence in our life -weekend retreat with Metta
April 3 @ 6:00 pm - April 5 @ 3:00 pm
On this retreat we want to take the time to look a little more inward.
Transience – Anicca is one of the three characteristics that holds life in itself.
For many of us, this brings up feelings of insecurity, perhaps anxiety and worry.
How do I deal with it? Are we trying to hold onto, adhere to and create so much suffering, problems or difficulties? Or can we open ourselves, cultivate patience and acceptance? Can we say yes to the experience of this moment. How can we take this step into the unknown with a little more confidence?
The changeability of our lives is a challenge that keeps us feeling our limitations. How do we live with it? Can the cultivation of our praxis show us other ways that bring us closer to the reality of each moment?
When we practice mindfulness and awareness and also relate to everyday situations, we can see which avoidance patterns we have developed. Together, we want to reflect on how we can counteract these difficulties in a different way.
The meditation course is suitable for both beginners and experienced meditators. It runs in silence and includes guided meditations, group discussions and Dhamma suggestions.
She lived and practiced mainly in England in the monasteries of Amaravati and Cittaviveka. During this time, Ajahn Sumedho and Ajahn Sucitto were her spiritual teachers and mentors.
As a nun, she spent time in India, Sri Lanka, Thailand and the USA. For more than 10 years she has worked as a Dharma teacher in different countries (England, Europe and the USA).
In June 2017 she left the robe and lives in Berlin today.
Start and End Times:
Registration for this retreat will be from 4pm on Friday, April 3rd, with soup served at 6.15.
The retreat will begin at 7pm with a short orientation talk and will end at lunchtime on Sunday, April 5th.
It is necessary to attend all of the retreat.
It is possible to arrive a day or two early and help out with preparation for the retreat. If you would like to do so please let us know in advance.
Coming on Retreat:
To find out more about coming on retreat please see here: http://www.sunyatacentre.org/coming-on-retreat-at-sunyata/
Cost of Retreat:
Like all retreats at Sunyata, this retreat is offered on a donation (dana) basis.
We are asked sometimes for guidance regarding donations towards the centre and we calculate that €45 per person per day meets the ‘break even’ cost for running all of our retreats throughout the year. If one wishes to give more than the guided amount, then that would be very welcome. All donations are anonymous.
To book a place please e-mail [email protected]
The Eight Precepts:
Participants are asked to abide by the eight precepts as outlined below. The following of these precepts lead to the establishment of an atmosphere of restraint and mutual respect among participants which is conducive to meditation.
1. Harmlessness: not intentionally taking the life of any living creature.
2. Trustworthiness: not taking anything that is not given.
3. Chastity : refraining from any sexual activity.
4. Right Speech: retreatants are asked to maintain noble silence, that is not engaging in any talk with each other, or anyone else, unless it is really necessary.
5. Sobriety : not taking any intoxicating drinks or drugs.
6. Restraint : not wearing make-up, jewellery or immodest clothing; not playing radios, music tapes or musical instruments.
7. Alertness: to refrain from overindulgence in sleep.
8. Refrain from eating after main meal around midday. This means that there will be no evening meal served.