Going on retreat means leaving distractions and responsibilities for a short time and instead taking the opportunity to develop awareness, deepen meditation and let the beautiful surroundings affect you. You get to meet other people with an interest and practice in the Dharma (the Buddha’s teachings) and be well fed! There is usually a theme for the retreat that will be explored and the time to reflect on it as well as time just to be yourself.
The White Tara Bodhisattva Retreat
Fri 28th to the Sun 30th July
This retreat is devoted to the beautiful female Bodhisattva ‘White Tara’. This is will be a enjoyable and colourful weekend co-led Vipulakirti, Jnanaketu, Karunavajra and Shubhra in the natural surroundings of Anyones Barn near the Malvern Hills.
White Tara is one of the most accessible and attractive figures in the Buddhist pantheon. She is gentle, loving, supremely generous, wise and stunningly beautiful. She is the colour of a thousand radiant full moons and is particularly associated with showering her devotees with an abundance of blessings.
The cost is £100 waged / £65 concession including food. Food will be vegitarian with cow’s milk available. Anybody’s Barn location is located at Birchwood Hall, Storridge, Nr Malvern, Worcestershire. WR13 5EZ.
If you would like to attend this enjoyable and colourful retreat please book through Birmingham Buddhist Centre on 0121 449 5279.
To attend this retreat you need to have learned the mindfulness of breathing and metta bhavna meditations often taught on Triratna introductory courses.
Further Weekend Retreats planned in 2017 (Details to be confirmed)
Friday 14th to the Sunday 16th July
Friday 15th to the Sun 17th December
Triratna International Gathering: Our Future Dharma. 24th – 28th August at Adhisthana.
Please see the link: http://adhisthana.org/retreat/?ev=192
The International Gathering has been held every two years. I think this is the 4th one – open to all and a camping event. There has been a special atmosphere at each of these events.