CENTRE CLOSED - Rainy Season Retreat 8th -15th March 2020

The Rainy Season retreat is an annual period of seclusion and practice for the members of the Triratan Buddhist Community in Glasgow. The whole centre is closed to the public and nothing else happens except the Rainy Season programme.

The Rainy Season retreat is only open to members of the Triratna Buddhist Order and MItras in the Triratna Buddhist Community. Come for a day/ part of day or the whole week - whatever you can. Offered on a dana basis. 

"This year the Rainy Season is based around the theme of Virya – energy in pursuit of the good – the fourth paramita on the Bodhisattva’s path. During the week there will be a daily programme of meditation, talks and presentations, informal discussion and puja. We’ll draw on the material found in three texts:

  • Know Your Mind, Sangharakshita’s seminar exploring specific mental events (all very familiar to each one of us!)
  • The Jewel Ornament of Liberation, by Gampopa, a disciple of Milarepa
  • The Bodhicaryavatara, by Shantideva

The week will culminate with a sangha weekend, where we will study some of this material – sharing our lives with our friends through discussion and reflection; meditation; puja; and of course supper!
But before all of that we’ll start with the obvious and explore the nature of laziness – that ‘unwilling mind’ that all of us have to learn to recognise and make conscious at every stage of the Path."   Saddhanandi, Chair of Adhistana. 

Rainy Season Retreat programme 

Sunday 8th March:

6pm Shared Dinner

7pm Opening talk by Saddhanandi, our guest teacher for the week on the theme of Virya

Monday 9th March- Friday 13th March Weekday Programme

12noon Meditation 

1pm Lunch (Bring your own packed lunch) 

2pm Open study session on theme 

3pm Break/ time to meet up with sangha members 

4pm Body Work 

5pm Puja 

6pm Shared Dinner (bring food to share)

7pm Talks -

Monday- Ordination, GFR and virya an evening led by Christine, Hilary and Karen

Tuesday - Laziness, missing opportunities by Saddhanandi

Wednesday - Effort in meditation by Pasadini

Thursday - Virya and the three levels of wisdom by Saddhanandi

 Friday - Vajrapani by Dassini

Saturday 14th and Sunday 15th March Weekend Programme 

10.30-4pm Both days  (lunch - bring food to share) 

Sunday, March 8, 2020 - 10:00 to Sunday, March 15, 2020 - 17:00
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