Smritiratna

Smritiratna first took up Buddhist practice in 1977 at the age of 21 while studying Developmental Psychology at Sussex University. At 27, he began training in earnest with the FWBO and entered the Western Buddhist Order in 1991.

In 1996, he came to Scotland, joined the Dhanakosa project and spent five years on-site, teaching and house-keeping. In 2001, he gave up house-keeping to concentrate on study, contemplation and teaching. He now calls Edinburgh home and spends some of his time in a forest hut near Dhanakosa and three months a year on retreat at Guhyaloka in the Spanish mountains. He still leads Dhanakosa retreats and continues to delight in introducing meditation to newcomers.

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introductory weekend - buddhism and meditation

Friday, 13 July 2018 to Sunday, 15 July 2018
2018

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.

These retreats are open to all.  They are suitable for both beginners and those with more experience but no previous experience is assumed.  All these retreats include introductory meditation teaching and periods of silence.

Booking Fee: 
£30.00
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Yoga and Meditation

Friday, 8 June 2018 to Friday, 15 June 2018
2018

These retreats combine 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. 

These retreats are open to all.  They are suitable for both beginners and those with more experience but no previous experience is assumed.  All these retreats include introductory meditation teaching and periods of silence.

Booking Fee: 
£75.00
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Going deeper Yoga

Friday, 2 March 2018 to Friday, 9 March 2018
2018

These retreats are an ideal first regulars retreat. They take successful themes from our introductory programme and gently introduce more silence, meditation and a stronger Buddhist context through teachings and ritual (including 7-fold Puja). They are open to anyone who has done an introductory retreat or has been attending a local Triratna Buddhist centre and is looking to take their practice deeper.

For more information read the retreat information sheet.

Booking Fee: 
£75.00
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Opening to life

Friday, 23 February 2018 to Friday, 2 March 2018
2018

Buddhism is not about beliefs, it’s about the way we live our lives.  On these retreats we will explore traditional Buddhist teachings and meditation practices and see how they apply directly to our lives.  These retreats are an ideal reflective situation in which to take a fresh look at ourselves.

For more information read the retreat information sheet.

Booking Fee: 
£75.00
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Kindness, Rejoicing, Compassion

Friday, 19 January 2018 to Friday, 26 January 2018
2018

The set of Buddhist love meditations, the brahma vihāras or 'divine abodes' are kindness (mettā bhāvanā), compassion (karunā bhāvanā), appreciative joy (muditā bhāvanā) and (upekkhā bhāvanā). In a way they are a meditative preparation for real life, all those encounters with real human beings in the midst of their joys and sorrows. They culminate in upekkhā bhāvanā which is a contemplation of the human condition, how everyone is embodied within a flow of conditions and continually making the choices that create their future.

Booking Fee: 
£75.00
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men's winter

Friday, 22 December 2017 to Friday, 29 December 2017
2017

We begin this retreat just after the Winter Solstice, the darkest time of the year. Folk have been marking this special time since the deep past. For us, the coming of the light signifies faith in awareness prevailing over ignorance, humanity prevailing over inhumanity. This retreat is an opportunity to gather and affirm that faith through ritual, shared communication and especially silent meditation. 

For more information please read the retreat information sheet.

Booking Fee: 
£75.00
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introductory weekend - buddhism and meditation

Friday, 29 September 2017 to Sunday, 1 October 2017
2017

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 information, read the retreat information sheet.

Booking Fee: 
£30.00
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yoga and meditation

Friday, 11 August 2017 to Friday, 18 August 2017
2017

These retreats combine 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 read the retreat information sheet.

Booking Fee: 
£75.00
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opening to life - Buddhist tools

Friday, 16 June 2017 to Friday, 23 June 2017
2017

Buddhism is not about beliefs, it’s about the way we live our lives.  On these retreats we will explore traditional Buddhist teachings and meditation practices and see how they apply directly to our lives.  These retreats are an ideal reflective situation in which to take a fresh look at ourselves.

For more information, read the retreat information sheet.

Booking Fee: 
£75.00
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yoga and meditation

Friday, 10 March 2017 to Friday, 17 March 2017
2017

These retreats combine 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 read the retreat information sheet.

Booking Fee: 
£75.00