Contemplation as Meditation - A Sutta Retreat on the Annusatis with Akaliko Bhikku Dates: 9 - 13 Apr, 2020 Location: Vejjasala, Southern Highlands
The Buddha taught that reflection and recollection play an important role in the development of our meditation practice. During this long weekend retreat, we will explore the Buddha's themes for contemplation - the anussatis. The six main annusatis are recollecting the Buddha, Dhamma, Sangha, Ethical Conduct, Generosity, and Heavenly Beings. Further recollections include the body, death, and peace. By studying teachings from selected suttas, we will learn how these skilful subjects inspire confidence in the spiritual path and help uplift the mind. We will discover how the practice of contemplation leads to joyful states of happiness, whilst deepening the stillness of meditation, and developing wisdom in our hearts. For More Information: www.engagedbuddhists.org.au/events/contemplation-meditation/
Cultivating Wisdom in the Face of Climate Change - A Sutta Retreat on the Annusatis with Subhana Barzaghi and Carol Perry Dates: 5 - 12 Jun, 2020 Location: Sangsurya, Byron Bay
The unique retreat format encourages exploration of the ways that ancient wisdom practices nourish an ecological and social consciousness. The retreat will focus on restorative practices that prepare you to face challenges with compassion, wisdom and inspiration and find creative, non-dualistic strategies for wise action in the world. Through the cultivation of mindfulness, gratitude and deep listening we can awaken our hearts to the intimacy of interconnectedness and nurture the capacity to honour our joy and pain for our world. By embracing not knowing and building resilience we can see with new eyes and go forth with wise and compassionate action. The schedule includes; sitting & walking meditation periods, daily meditation instructions, interactive experiential group exercises, open inquiry sessions and Dharma talks. There will also be one-on-one interviews with teachers, and time for discussion and sharing experiences. For More info click here.