Spend a week learning to trust, ‘lean in’ and be held on this Pureland Buddhist retreat led by Rev. Kaspalita, Rev. Jnanamati and Rev. Satyavani.
This retreat is an opportunity to enter more deeply into the Pure Land practices. Dharmavidya (David) Brazier has referred to Pure Land Buddhism as refuge Buddhism, and explains that rather than being a tradition that encourages the cultivation of practice Pure Land invites us, over time, to deepen our refuge. The various practices we engage in are devotional and are in this context ways of deepening our refuge in Amida Buddha. They are also ways of opening to the grace of tariki or Other Power of the Buddhas.
This retreat will include silent contemplation, chanting, personal enquiry through the creative process (including writing, poetry and visual art), group sharing and dharma talks. The retreat is offered as the “devotional sesshin”, one of the five sesshins for those training as Amida ministers. It is however open to all – Pure Land Buddhists, Buddhists from other traditions or other spiritual practitioners interested in learning experientially about the Pure Land way.
The retreat will be held at Holland House near Evesham in Worcestershire, a beautiful retreat centre with lovely gardens with a great kitchen. The cost includes all accomodation, delicious food and dana for the retreat leaders.
A £40 deposit is required to book your space – this deposit is non-refundable. The earlybird fee (until end Mar 2017) is £365, after this the fee £395. Unwaged fee £345. Payment by installments is also an option – get in touch with Satya for more information: email@example.com 01684 572444. You can read more about the retreat leaders below, read more about the Amida-Shu school of Buddhism at www.amidashu.org.
Namo Amida Bu.
Rev. Kaspalita runs the Amida Mandala Buddhist Temple in Malvern with his wife Satya. He is a practising psychotherapist and offers mindfulness classes as a part of Mindfully Whole. He co-runs Writing Our Way Home, a mindful writing company, with Satya.
Rev. Jnanamati is a Pureland Buddhist Priest with the Amida Order. He works as an art therapist and also does chaplaincy work in health care settings. He is the Amida-Shu representative for the Worcestershire Interfaith Network.
Rev. Satyavani is a Pureland Buddhist Priest, psychotherapist in private practice and a writer. She co-authored ‘Just As You Are: Buddhism for Foolish Beings’ with Kaspa and has written several novels.