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Meditation Retreat at Maitreya House, UK Body of Truth & Star Group
August 24, 2018 - August 31, 2018
Meditation Retreat: Body of Truth & Star Group
August 24 – August 31, 2018
*Super Early Bird Special until May 1st, 2018*
Imagine being the change you want to see in the world. Creative visualization and active imagination are vital to the spiritual path. They improve our relationships with ourselves and others and grow our desire to benefit all beings.
By cultivating powerful visualization skills, we can imagine our desired way of being into existence. As a bonus, we strengthen the ability to see through and decrease our negative states when they arise.
The Power of Western Meditations and Star Group
Buddhist philosophy holds that the waking world is no more “real” than the worlds of meditation or dreams. Therefore our ability to imagine new and more diverse positive arisings is an essential skill for the bodhisattva path.
During this retreat, we’ll follow Namgyal Rinpoche’s pioneering work with these practices, drawing on his book, A Body of Truth, and the Star Group meditation methodology that he developed.
What to expect:
• We will explore diverse meditations from the Western Mystery tradition. This tradition focuses more on archetypes, and less on human-centric deities and saints (which are present in traditions like Buddhism and Christianity).
• We will draw on the use of forms, elements, shapes, movement and color to stimulate transformative energies within us.
• We will explore a broad spectrum of practices–from meditations on honeycombs to the Great Pyramid and its secret chambers.
• To create a holistic experience, we will balance the five elements, inner and outer, active and passive energies, time indoors and outdoors, alone and in groups.
• You may discover hidden talents, and increase your strengths. Negative internal blocks will loosen.
What is Star Group?
Developed by Namgyal Rinpoche, Star Group is a rare and precious practice. Small groups of people meditate together to create a psychic platform where they collectively explore the depths of inner and outer space. Star Group meditation draws on the powers of several minds working together and individually, increasing the range and power of our exploration, meditative vision and joy.
Star Group could be seen as a progression from meditating alone to meditating as a group or collective. This practice provides an outstanding opportunity to draw on meditation as a resource to develop relationship and community skills.
Integrating your experiences and energies with others benefits innumerable beings. We invite you to join us to train in becoming more skilled and compassionate for the benefit of all beings.
A Saraswati wongkur initiation ceremony will take place at the start of the retreat.
Saraswati is a female deity figure who represents the archetypal creative principle. In Tibetan Buddhism, she is the divine embodiment and bestower of enlightened eloquence. Saraswati is the inspiration for and a matriarch of the arts, sciences, music, languages, literature, history, poetry, philosophy and all those engaged in creative endeavours.
Maitreya House, Herefordshire, UK
Maitreya House, Lower Maescoed, Herefordshire, HR2 0HP
Set in the golden valley of rural Herefordshire on the Welsh borders and in sight of the black mountains, Maitreya House is a beautiful, supportive environment for the retreat. You’ll love the converted stone farmhouse, private grounds and stunning panoramic views. Maitreya House is run specifically to support universal growth and unfolding through precious teaching. This is the perfect location for stepping away from daily life and truly benefiting from these powerful practices that Doug and Catherine are sharing.
The full fee for this retreat, which includes lodging and meals, is £800. A £100 deposit will hold your space on the retreat.
Account Name: M&R
Account No: 68613180
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Account Address: Natwest Bank, 73 High Street, Walton on Thames, KT12 1DW
Registration and Inquiries:
Contact: Jonathan and Zoe at [email protected] or call us:
Jonathan 00 44 7891 621865
Zoe 00 44 7861 247357
For more information, visit our retreat page at www.dharmaeurope.org
About the Teachers:
We encourage everyone to find the “teacher within” that we can be. But, for almost everyone, we need to apprentice before we can master. Doug Duncan and Catherine Pawasarat apprenticed in the teachings of awakening for decades with their teachers. Between them they have been teaching for more than 30 years.
Their explorations and teachings are guided by four principles: spiritual growth, social connectivity, economic sustainability and environmental integrity.
Doug & Catherine teach from various wisdom traditions – including buddhadharma, Western Mysteries, modern science, art and nature – based on broad interests and a non-judgemental approach. We’ve lived and worked overseas for many years, and a planetary outlook is important to us. So is humour! Read more: Full Bios.
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What else do you need to know?
• Dāna (Generosity Based Teaching)
Doug & Catherine are teaching this meditation retreat via the ancient tradition of Dāna (generosity), an offering from them to the attendees. It is considered of supreme value to your life and thus “beyond price” so it is expected that the student will be equally generous and support the teaching and the teachers by making an offering.
While no offering is too small, also no offering is too great. The giver benefits by offering as much as they can, given the individual’s circumstances. Along with compassion, generosity is considered the root of spiritual progress and, according to the ancients, therefore the root of our success in daily life as well.