It was said that in early December the Buddha sat beneath the Bodhi tree and vowed not to get up until he had awakened. What is enlightenment? Is it rare or is it maybe happening all the time? We will explore together what it means to be awake, and what an epiphany might be.
Fire, hurricane, earthquake, flood, threats of war: it’s been a wild year. How do we imagine life after a dark dream? We start by settling down, going inwards, setting our hearts to rest. It’s a kind of purification. We can put down what we are carrying, we can welcome what we are turning toward. Early December is when we remember the Buddha’s enlightenment.
With John Tarrant and Friends. Winter is a time to gather, by fires and in kitchens, or on a hilltop to look at the moon on a cold clear night. We see into each others eyes and also see the vastness there, inside each other. At this long retreat we will gather and find ourselves inside the worlds of bright and dark, of form and emptiness, and find the way they weave together and stand apart.
Early December is the date of the Buddha’s enlightenment and this December we’ll be having a retreat as the light departs. We will explore the story of the Buddha’s life and how his enlightenment touches our own lives. When you do this retreat you will find out the shape that the spirit of the Buddha takes in your own life.
Have mental beasts and crazy wild things been menacing your peace of mind of late? Do you sometimes join those creatures, ready to sink your fangs into leaders, lovers, and innocent bystanders? Have you been gnawing on yourself a bit too?
This weekend retreat is designed to accommodate both low-cost commuting as well as modest-cost residency at the center. It will not require any previous experience and, in a relaxed environment, will include sitting and walking meditation, talks and sharing, and a chance to meet with a teacher to discuss your practice.
Learn more about the different styles of retreat offered by PZI. Silence, companionship, creativity, ordinary mind: they’re all here.