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Dhanakosa Buddhist Retreat Centre
Dhanakosa Buddhist Retreat Centre

This being, led meditation 5

By yashobodhi on Thu, 10 Apr, 2014 - 09:57
Yesterday afternoon Nayaka led a meditation on the spiral path. Most important fact is that it unfolds naturally. ie without wilfulness. In this recording Nayaka gently shows where there could be an opening to the spiral path in our experience.
Dhanakosa Buddhist Retreat Centre
Dhanakosa Buddhist Retreat Centre

This Being retreat day 5, The Spiral Path

By yashobodhi on Wed, 9 Apr, 2014 - 13:53
This session started with the word joy on the flipchart. After that Dhivan asked us to name something that had come up for us with the retreat as condition. As we went round, it was very moving to hear how the retreat was supporting people to work with past and current situations and helping them to set up more conducive conditions for the future.
In this sessioin Dhivan emphasised the natural unfolding of the different steps on the spiral...
Dhanakosa Buddhist Retreat Centre
Dhanakosa Buddhist Retreat Centre

Shrine with nidanas, complete

By yashobodhi on Wed, 9 Apr, 2014 - 09:37

Shrine with nidanas, complete

By yashobodhi on Wed, 9 Apr, 2014 - 09:37
Dhivan has put the remaining nidana links on the shrine. We’re onto the spiral path today. Swoosh.
Dhanakosa Buddhist Retreat Centre
Dhanakosa Buddhist Retreat Centre

This Being retreat day 4, How views and Emotions arise

By yashobodhi on Tue, 8 Apr, 2014 - 14:53
Today we’re exploring the underlying tendencies that give shape to our experience. We’re also going into the psychology of conceptual and perceptual proliferation and are presented with a model that explains how exactly we become a proverbial ‘tangle of string covered in mould and matted like grass’.
Dhanakosa Buddhist Retreat Centre
Dhanakosa Buddhist Retreat Centre

This Being, led meditation 3

By yashobodhi on Tue, 8 Apr, 2014 - 14:32
In a led meditation Dhivan guides us along some aspects of the structure of our experience.
Dhanakosa Buddhist Retreat Centre
Dhanakosa Buddhist Retreat Centre

This Being retreat day 3, The Structure of Experience

By yashobodhi on Tue, 8 Apr, 2014 - 14:22
On the third day we went into the structure of experience using the nidana chain as a model.
Dhanakosa Buddhist Retreat Centre
Dhanakosa Buddhist Retreat Centre

This Being, led meditation 2

By yashobodhi on Tue, 8 Apr, 2014 - 14:07
A meditation led by myself investigating body, the six senses, contact and feeling in our experience.
Dhanakosa Buddhist Retreat Centre
Dhanakosa Buddhist Retreat Centre

This Being retreat day 2, The Application of Conditionality

By yashobodhi on Tue, 8 Apr, 2014 - 13:58
We’ve moved into the territory of the creative and reactive mind, of the spiral path and samsara, and the pivotal role of feeling in the nidana chain. Here’s Dhivan going into this and translating all this lingo into everyday English.
Dhanakosa Buddhist Retreat Centre
Dhanakosa Buddhist Retreat Centre

This Being retreat day 1, The principle of conditionality

By yashobodhi on Tue, 8 Apr, 2014 - 10:10
On the first day of the This Being That Becomes retreat, Dhivan talks about the Buddha’s general formulation of conditionality, about the Four Noble Truths and about the three kinds of dukkha.
The Buddha’s words to Ananda: ‘This dependent arising is deep and profound. It is from not understanding and penetrating this Dharma that people have become like a tangle of string covered in mould and matted like grass, unable to escape from samsara with its miseries, disasters and bad...
Dhanakosa Buddhist Retreat Centre
Dhanakosa Buddhist Retreat Centre

Shrine with nidanas

By yashobodhi on Tue, 8 Apr, 2014 - 09:45

Shrine with nidanas

By yashobodhi on Tue, 8 Apr, 2014 - 09:45
A shrine emerged based on the conditions on this retreat: Nayaka’s vison of a bowl and a robe, Dhivan and I talking about rupas resembling real human beings that inspire both of us, Khemaka and Carole setting out to make it happen, Dhivan’s trip to New Zealand to lead study where he received a set of visual images representing the nidana chain. All must have started though, with the Buddha being born,...

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