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The International Practice Week - an Urban Retreat taking place across the Triratna world - kicks off on Saturday 22nd September. The International Practice Week is a great opportunity for Triratna centres and groups throughout the world to concurrently explore Dharmic themes in their local contexts. But if your local Triratna Centre or group is not taking part, you can still join in online!
The theme for the week is ‘turning arrows into flowers’ - exploring how to transform reactivity into creativity. Yashobodhi from the West London Buddhist Centre has recorded a series of talks specifically for the International Practice Week exploring the Seven-Point Mind Turning Reflections.
You can watch the series of talks here
You can listen to all the talks here
This post is a guide to help you navigate and best engage with the material - but obviously you are free to structure your week in the way that best fits in with your living circumstances.
Here’s a suggested programme for the week which you can view and download as a reference.
Keeping a practice journal for the week can be very helpful. Here’s one from the 2015 Urban Retreat.
Sangha is always a good support to the Dharma life! You may wish to find a ‘Dharma Buddy’ with whom you can check in with every day or a couple of times a week by phone or on Skype, Whatsapp, email etc. (Feel free to use the comments below to connect with others who may be interested in doing the same).
If you have any comments or questions about this point or the retreat itself, let us know in the comments here and we’ll try to respond.