Amoghavira

Amoghavira first encountered Buddhism in 1979 while struggling through a mathematics degree at Glasgow University. Ordained into the Western Buddhist Order in 1982 he then started working at the Glasgow Buddhist Centre. 

He worked for 2 years at the Sydney Buddhist Centre in Australia from 1988, and on his way back to Britain in 1990, spent 3 months in Kathmandu helping run meditation and Buddhism course there. Falling in love with Nepal, he’s been a regular visitor there ever since.

In 1996, he moved to Dhanakosa to help with retreat leading here, which he’s been doing ever since. He loves being in the mountains and this has led to a passion for landscape photography and he now lives in the village of Callander, about 15 miles from Dhanakosa.

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hillwalking and meditation

Friday, 31 July 2015 to Friday, 7 August 2015
2015

Nature is for many of us a vital source of spiritual nourishment in an increasingly busy world.  On these retreats we will combine traditional Buddhist teachings with the simple practice of spending time walking in the rich and beautiful landscapes that surround Dhanakosa.  Guided walk options will be available to suit all levels of fitness.

For more information, please read the retreat information sheet.

Booking Fee: 
£75.00
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going deeper - hillwalking and meditation

Friday, 19 June 2015 to Friday, 26 June 2015
2015

This retreat is an ideal first regulars retreat. It takes successful themes from our introductory programme but gently introduce more silence, meditation and a stronger Buddhist context through teachings and Buddhist ritual (including 7-fold puja).

They are open to anyone who has done an introductory retreat or has been attending a local Triratna centre and is looking to take their practice deeper.

Booking Fee: 
£75.00
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shiatsu and meditation

Friday, 24 April 2015 to Friday, 1 May 2015
2015

Bodywork and energy work can deepen and transform our meditation practice as we relax and let go to the truth of the body.  Diana Barnard will teach basic Shiatsu techniques combined with daily Qigong enabling us to safely give and receive healing touch experiencing the different energies and qualities of the traditional five elements of Chinese medicine.

Booking Fee: 
£75.00
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photography and meditation

Friday, 10 April 2015 to Friday, 17 April 2015
2015

A retreat exploring photography which will ground you in the skills required to improve your photography within the wider context of learning meditation.  No experience of photography is necessary.

 

For more information, please take a look here

Booking Fee: 
£75.00
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Introductory Weekend

Friday, 6 February 2015 to Sunday, 8 February 2015
2015

These retreats provide an excellent short introduction to both meditation and Buddhism. They will introduce you to two simple traditional meditation practices and give you a grounding in the basic principles of Buddhism.  They are an ideal situation in which to take a fresh look at yourself and your life.

For more detailed information, please take a look here

Booking Fee: 
£30.00
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simply being and the mandala of uselessness

Friday, 24 October 2014 to Friday, 31 October 2014
2014

We’re very attached to the notion that our lives ‘should’ be useful, purposeful and meaningful. Yet ultimately these are just figments of the human mind. 

The ‘mandala of uselessness’ is simply being:  being what we really are, inseparable from nature itself which is undivided and ungraspable.  

‘You don’t have to justify your existence by doing things which are useful’- Sangharakshita

 

For more information please take a look here

Booking Fee: 
£75.00
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the photography of being

Friday, 26 September 2014 to Friday, 3 October 2014
2014

With minimal technical input this retreat will focus on photography and meditation as ways into experiencing a sense of Simply Being in the Landscape.

No experience of photography is necessary.  Any camera is acceptable, and digital is preferable.

 

For more information take a look here

Booking Fee: 
£75.00
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going deeper: awakening to reality

Friday, 12 September 2014 to Friday, 19 September 2014
2014

An ideal first regulars retreat. Continued exploration of meditation and Buddhism, introducing more silence, meditation and a stronger Buddhist context through teachings and Buddhist ritual (including 7-fold Puja), then our introductory retreats.

Open to anyone who has done an introductory retreat or has been attending a local centre and is looking to take their practice a bit deeper.

 

For more information please take a look here

 

Booking Fee: 
£75.00
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yoga and meditation

Friday, 8 August 2014 to Friday, 15 August 2014
2014

This retreat combines introductory meditation teaching with yoga. The supportive atmosphere of the retreat allows us to develop and deepen both practices, and understand how the two augment each other.

Both meditation and yoga teaching will be from first principles and will be suitable for complete beginners.

 

For more information take a look here

Booking Fee: 
£75.00
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Hillwalking and meditation: Walking, Mountains and Meditation

Friday, 25 July 2014 to Friday, 1 August 2014
2014

Nature is for many of us a vital source of spiritual nourishment in an increasingly busy world.  On this retreat we will combine traditional Buddhist teachings with the simple practice of spending time walking in the rich and beautiful landscapes that surround Dhanakosa. 

Guided walk options will be available to suit all levels of fitness.

See also going deeper: hillwalking.

 

For more information please take a look here

Booking Fee: 
£75.00