We are all looking for some kind of liberation. This can be liberation from immediate psychological or emotional suffering, through to relief from deeper existential suffering. The Buddhadharma offers a clear path and method to relieve suffering. Through the simple act of paying attention to our breathing, bodily sensations, emotions, and thoughts we are able to see into the constantly changing nature of reality and free ourselves from clinging. This makes it possible to purify and liberate ourselves.
The training begins with being mindful of our breathing: anapanasati. This anapanasati meditation retreat uses the Buddha’s teaching of mindfulness found in the Anapanasati Sutta (Majjhima Nikaya of the Pali Canon). It is the Buddha's principal discourse on mindfulness. Following this training, it is possible to discover ever deeper levels of mindfulness into reality.
The Buddha says of this training in the Anapanasati Sutta:
‘Monks, this is the direct path for the purification of beings, for the
surmounting of sorrow and lamentation, for the disappearance of dukkha
and discontent, for acquiring the true method, for the realisation
of nibbāna, namely these four foundations of mindfulness.’
Details and Timings
The retreat will start with hellos and an introduction at 8pm on the first evening, and finish with meditation and transference of merits on the final morning at 7am. The complete programme for each full day of the retreat will be sent out closer to the start of the retreat, and it will include morning meditation at 7am, a mid-morning event, a mid-afternoon event, and an evening event.
Each event will be done via the online platform Zoom, and further technical details will be sent out when you book.
Preparing for the Online Event
To make the most of the event we recommend that as far as possible you create retreat-like conditions at home. This might include reducing input, maintaining a daily meditation practice, and taking time to reflect and absorb the meditation and study. You can find some more ideas and guidance on being on an online event here: A Guide to Online Events
A Dana Event
After the deposit, these events will be run on a donation basis.
There will be an opportunity to donate on the last day, or you can do so any time online, but please be aware that by law we are unable to refund donations once they have been given.
Dana gives an opportunity to be a part of the culture of generosity that sits at the heart of Padmaloka, to help keep that heart alive and thriving, and to contribute towards the short and long term ability of Padmaloka to be able to keep on giving that most precious and essential gift of the Dharma to as many men as possible, so please do consider donating what you can based upon your circumstances.
Please Note: Bookings for this event will close midday on Thursday 29th April