Taraloka Retreat Centre

Moon of the Mind: Bodhicitta - The Great Gathering ONLINE

On Mon, 15 March, 2021 - 10:20
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What is the mystery of bodhicitta?  And how can we relate to it?  Join Taraloka and Tiratanaloka for an online weekend of talks, ritual, meditation and discussion as we collectively evoke and dwell upon the ‘the dawning moon of the mind’, the compassion and wisdom that is bodhicitta.   Find out more or book here.   

For Dharmacharinis and women training for ordination.  
23 - 25 April

What is the mystery of bodhicitta?   It’s ‘the dawning moon of the mind, whose light banishes our darkness’ (Bodhicaryavatara).  It’s the ‘will to Enlightenment for the benefit of all beings.’  It’s ‘the manifestation within us of something transcendental: the emergence within our ordinary experience of something of a totally different nature.’  (Sangharakshita)

So how do we relate to this?  Can we cultivate bodhicitta?  Or open ourselves to it?  Or let it naturally unfold from within?  Join Taraloka and Tiratanaloka for a weekend of talks, ritual, meditation and discussion as we collectively evoke and dwell upon the compassion, wisdom and mystery that is bodhicitta.

If someone were to fill with jewels
As many Buddha fields, as there are grains
Of sand in the Ganges,
To offer to the Protector of the World,
This gift would be surpassed by 
The gift of folding one’s hands
And inclining one’s mind to enlightenment,
For such is limitless.

—Atisha’s Lamp for the Path to Enlightenment

Spend a weekend exploring bodhicitta from different perspectives.  Bodhicitta isn’t some “thing” you have or don’t have, or even something that you need to acquire. It’s a way of relating to the world based on seeing the nature of things in a clear, unconfused way - a way in which the terms ‘self’ and ‘other’ have become meaningless, or rather …..indistinguishable.

There will be daily groups on this retreat. You will need to attend both the group sessions to be able to participate in groups. If you don’t want to join a group you can opt out on the booking form.

Book onto this retreat here

Provisional Programme (all times BST)

Friday:

19.30 – 20.30: Opening session

Saturday

7.30 – 8.20: Meditation

10 – 12.00: Input followed by discussion groups

15.30 – 17.30: Meditation / workshop

19.30 – 20.30: Puja

Sunday

7.30 – 8.20: Meditation

10 – 12.00: Talks followed by discussion groups

15.30 – 16.30: Closing session