Day retreats 2018

 

Dhanakosa Retreat Centre, Balquhidder, Lochearnhead, Stirling  FK19 8PQ Tel. 01877 384213

 

Dhanakosa Day Retreats 2018

"Appreciating the Elements"

Who are these days for?

These monthly day retreats are primarily for folk in Central Scotland. We hold them in the resident team's facilities behind Dhanakosa so there is only room for about 20. However if space permits then folk from Glasgow and Edinburgh are also welcome: if unsure, please telephone in advance. Our day retreats are not for complete beginners however. A knowledge of the 5-stage metta bhavana and 4-stage mindfulness of breathing will be assumed, as will some knowledge of the Buddhist tradition.

 

This year’s theme?

This year follows on from 2017 when we looked at the value of a basic gratitude as the best foundation for any creative response to the problems in our lives and in the world around us. Well gratitude (appreciation) has for years been a recurrent theme on our day retreats. Appreciating the natural elements has played a big part in 2017, sometimes spending time outside, communing with the natural world. Weather permitting we'll certainly be doing more of that in

2018 but also appreciating the six elements of earth, water, fire, air, space and consciousness. In the Buddhist tradition these can symbolise aspects of Buddhahood itself. Furthermore the six elements have long been meditated upon as a gateway into non-dual consciousness where theboundary between self and other is temporarily dissolved. In an preliminary way we can explore this too because a sense of perpetual separation, even alienation, from the elements is a misery. A sense of communion and togetherness is an essential part of true happiness. And when we feel connected, we treat the Earth and each other so much better!

 

What is the daily programme?

Please arrive by 9.45 and refresh yourself ready for starting at 10am. After a brief introduction we'll meditate and then after tea, there'll be a presentation and other activities until lunch at one o'clock. The afternoon session begins at 2.30 and ends at 4 o'clock with a closing ritual and farewells so I do hope everyone can arrange to stay for that. If you come by car, the usual arrangement is to park it (say, 9.30am) by the forestry gate, ten minutes walk before Dhanakosa. Enter by Dhanakosa's second driveway, marked 'Resident Community'. Alternatively if you're not fit to walk, it may be possible (recent weather permitting) to park it in the field opposite that driveway or even (space permitting) up the drive. Go up the driveway leading to the Dhanakosa team’s house where our day retreats are held. Please bring

a donation (such as £14 more or less) and a contribution to our vegetarian lunch (something that doesn't need to be re-heated).

 

Revised Dates

Saturdays, January 27, February 17, March 24, April 28, May 26, June 23rd, July 21,

August 11, September 15, October 13, November 10, December 1st.

- Smritiratna