Birmingham Spring Retreat: Meeting the Buddha

23- 30 March
Led by Maitrisara and Dharmashalin
Open to all
Cost £300/200 all inclusive
A week-long retreat is an excellent opportunity to connect with others and to practise meditation in a supportive environment. Living together as a community enables us to deepen a sense of sangha (spiritual community), and through being together in this way we get the opportunity to deepen friendships and form new ones.
The theme of the retreat is Meeting the Buddha. The Buddha is one of the Three Jewels to which we Go for Refuge. To develop trust in his guidance and his example, we need to find a way to develop a relationship with him. This relationship can emerge over a period of time, and in many cases takes active effort to nurture. Why is it important to feel a connection with the Buddha?  How do we create the conditions for that to unfold?
Drawing on the Pali Canon, some of the earliest teachings of Buddhism, we will learn how to study and reflect and ask:
Who is the Buddha and what can the Buddha teach us?
How can the Buddha help us live well?
How can the Buddha help us to be free?
To explore this theme there will be a range of activities in a daily programme of meditation, devotional practice, small groups, workshops and talks – with plenty of space in between to absorb the ideas and experiences and look at our own lives afresh in the light of them.
This year we have hired the YHA hostel in Coalbrookdale in Shropshire, located in a quiet position, adjacent to woodland. There we will conjure up our own realm of practice, our our Buddha Land. We will be in mostly shared rooms (2 or 3 in each) but do ask if you have particular needs. The retreat will include some periods of silence.
Haven’t been on a retreat before?
A retreat is a time for space, perspective, new experience and rejuvenation, time to get to know others and ourselves better. If you haven’t been on a retreat before, this retreat would also be suitable for you. In fact, even if you have never meditated, we can teach you that while we are there. A week-long retreat is an immersion in an experience which would be an excellent starting point if you decide to take things further.
Please contact Khemadana on info@birminghambuddhistcentre.org.uk for details of how to book.