Breaking the Chains
Friday 22 April – Sunday 24 April
A weekend retreat following on from the Breaking the Chains course.
2 nights. $200 / $145
For some, rituals are seen as merely primitive mysticism or a corruption of the ‘true teaching’. This perspective sees ritual as superstition or lowly magic, and thus not truly Buddhist. Others cannot imagine a spiritual life without the richness and sacredness of ritual. For with it, one’s motivation and insight is enlivened: larger context for practice is unveiled. It may come as something of a shock to the reader that this course is designed for the former of those two perspectives: it’s not for the die-hard practitioners of devotion, but for those who think it irrelevant or even Un-Buddhist.
In this six week course you will meet a purposefully rational approach to ritual in the hopes of demystifying some aspects and hopefully opening one up to deeper mysteries upon which to reflect.
There is also an optional retreat at the end of this course for those who have completed it.
|5 March||How much am I prepared to give?|
|12 March||To what do I bow down?|
|19 March||Where is there safety in the world?|
|26 March||How exactly do the precepts purify?|
|2 April||What makes something sacred?|
|9 April||For what am I grateful?|
The cost covers the entire course, and it is best to come every week. If you'd like to come but there is one or two weeks you can't make, please contact us before booking.
There are no special requirements, just whatever is comfortable to sit in.
The course is exploring the practice of Buddhist ritual, but you do not need to identify as a Buddhist to join.
We're in Newtown, a few minutes walk away from the station.