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Calm and Clear, UK Retreat with Doug Duncan Sensei
April 1, 2016 - April 8, 2016
Calm and Clear Retreat at Maitreya House in the UK
Inviting Insight, Bliss & Wisdom into our lives Fri. April 1 – Fri. April 8
Would you like to feel more calm and clear? How do you imagine it would affect your quality of life? Calm and Clear is a kind of meditation method, and it applies to the day-to-day. Although it’s a text and practice rooted in Vajrayana Buddhism, the applications can apply just as well in the office, at home, in recreation and even in our personal and professional relationships. Imagine bringing a sense of calmness and clarity to all of those places!
This has been called “analytical meditation” because it focuses on insight, our mind’s incredible ability to understand. Its partner, sammatha, is also known as bliss meditation; it’s considered the great healer, because when bliss is present, it supersedes all mental and physical anguish.
These are not empty promises: as we all know, bliss can be interrupted and difficult to regain. Therefore, we need to understand the nature of what interrupts the bliss, which means developing more insight. We also learn the supporting conditions of mind that can re-establish the bliss, and reveal a kind of bliss we didn’t recognize before.
What kind of bliss is that? You may be asking. This is the bliss of a calm, clear, awake luminosity of consciousness, which generates both bliss and insight. Combined, we call them wisdom: Wisdom is generated when bliss conjoins with clarity and focuses on a question or investigation of some kind.
This retreat/advance takes place over one week on the Welsh borders (Fri.4pm, April 1 – Fri 4pm, April 8) at historic Maitreya House, set in a beautiful and homey pastoral environment surrounded by hedgerows and working small-scale farms.
The daily schedule is approachable for both beginner and advanced practitioners.
For further information contact:
Jonathan 07891 621865 or Zoe 07861 247357
Venue: Maitreya House, Lower Maescoed, Hereford HR2 0HP
(Nearest stations Abergavenney and Hereford)
Also check out Doug Duncan Sensei’s London public talk on April 11th click here for details.
Retreat organization fees:
- £500 early bird rate (Full payment required by Feb. 15th) or £600 for payments received after Feb 15th. This includes course fees, food and accommodation; Dāna for the teacher is extra.
- £100 non-refundable deposit required to secure a place.
Retreatants can also join Doug on a trip to Winchester (8th-11th April – details on application).
Translation available into German (and into French if requested in advance)
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If you are interested in attending, please contact the organizers as soon as possible. Email: [email protected]