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Transcending Ignorance – day retreat
Sunday, January 7th @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
The four defilements about self (the atma kleshas)
These four defilements are innate, we are born with them. When I first learnt about the atma kleshas I realised I had been giving myself a hard time. I thought I was being unethical when in fact they are just the result of being human and having a body which makes us automatically self-centred some of the time. That was a relief.
It is also important to become aware of them so we see how they can be an unhelpful driving force in our lives and could lead to unskillfulness. However in themselves they are ethically neutral, it is not unskillful to be ignorant, and they don’t have to stop us from acting with kindness and awareness.
Come and find out what they are and how we can reduce their influence.
We will explore 2 kleshas through meditation and 2 through interactive activities and reflection. The day will end with a Buddhist ritual where the light of Buddha Vairocana, who sits at the centre of the mandala, dispels the darkness of ignorance. The enlightened mind shines throughout space and self-centredness is replaced by well wishing for all beings everywhere.
This is an intensive day retreat where you will learn how to apply the Dharma to your life through meditation, reflection, interaction with the Sangha and Buddhist ritual.
All welcome. Please bring a vegan lunch to share.
Shubha will be leading the day. She is an experienced, knowledgeable and inspiring teacher who joined our Sangha in Ipswich after nearly 30 years with the London Buddhist Centre.
10am Doors open
10.15 Introduction to the Day
10.30 Kelsha 1 and Meditation
11.15 Klesha 2, Tea, reflective writing (bring notebook) and groups
12.15 Klesha 3 and meditation
1pm Lunch (bring vegan lunch to share)
2pm Klesha 4 interactive exploration
3pm Meditation and Buddhist Ritual
How to Join
Please book your place using the form opposite.
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Frequently Asked Questions
Is this event suitable for me?
This event is open to anyone who is familiar with the Metta Bhavana and Mindfulness of Breathing meditations.
Do I need to stay for the whole event?
It is best if you can.
What should I bring with me?
Please bring a notepad for the reflective writing exercise. Please bring a vegan lunch to share.