In Sangharakshita’s seminal 1978 lecture “A System of Meditation” he showed how the meditations he had taught linked up into "an organic system, a living system, not a dead, mechanical system put together in an artificial manner". Sangharakshita explained how the mindfulness of breathing, the metta bhavana, the contemplation of the six elements, visualization and mantra recitation, as well as just sitting formed this living and organic system. A system which was "a progressive arrangement that takes us forward, step by step and stage by stage: a cumulative sequence". Beginning with a firm foundation in integration and positive emotion that supports a profound spiritual death and rebirth: a total transformation, including both activity and receptivity.
This retreat offers the opportunity to deepen your understanding and experience of Sangharakshita’s system of Dharma life, it will also include the added inspiration of ordination ceremonies.
Banner and thumbnail image: cropped painting by Aloka © from the Padmaloka Shrine Room
Please arrive having listened to Bhante's lecture A System of Mediation.
Details and Timings
The retreat starts with dinner on the first day at 6:30pm and finishes on the final day at 10.15am.