The Brahmaviharas – metta, karuna, mudita and upekkha – are a set of practices with many dimensions. They encourage us to be honest about our real feelings and attitudes towards other people while also giving us a taste of the sublime emotions of the Buddhas and Bodhisattvas.
Bhante calls metta the emotion which is in harmony with reality and metta is thus the emotional equivalent of Insight.
They are also the fundamental attitudes necessary for the spiritual community and friendship and Bhante calls them indispensable for the creation of Sangha.
The retreat will be an opportunity to explore all these profound dimensions of positive emotion and take the practice of the Metta Bhavana far deeper both during the retreat and afterwards too.
Please contact the Guest Master (firstname.lastname@example.org) if you haven’t been on an intensive meditation retreat before.
Details and Timings
The retreat starts with dinner on the first day at 6:30pm and finishes on the final day at 10.00am.
Health and Hygiene
It is vital that you don't come on retreat if you have any symptoms of Covid-19, including a cough, loss or change of smell or taste, a temperature, or any other cold or flu-like symptoms.
If you have been in contact with somebody who has tested positive for Covid-19 within the past 7 days, please contact us on 01508538112 or email us on email@example.com; we may ask you to take daily lateral flow tests if it is still appropriate for you to come on retreat.
To come on this retreat it is essential that you have been fully vaccinated against Covid-19.
We ask that you take two Lateral Flow Tests, one 48 hours before arrival and a second within 24 hours of the retreat starting, please also bring a few Lateral Flow Tests with you as everyone will be required to do a test halfway through the retreat.
You can order them free from the UK Government here: Lateral Flow Tests, or from most pharmacies.
For more information on our Covid policies and to see our risk assessment you can visit our Coming on Retreat Page.
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