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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in spacious awareness, wisdom unfolds

Friday, 17 February 2017 to Friday, 24 February 2017
2017

Here is mindfulness in its original Buddhist context. This retreat invites us to take the Buddha's ancient path from simple mindfulness through meditation into a new wisdom. The meaning of his teachings can only be revealed by serene contemplation of direct experience. Here is an opportunity to understand.

For more information, read the retreat information sheet.
 

Booking Fee: 
£75.00
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awakening the bodhicitta

Friday, 24 June 2016 to Friday, 1 July 2016
2016

On this retreat we will be arousing the heart of wisdom and compassion through the practice of Tonglen. This is a simple and effective way to cultivate love and compassion towards ourselves and others amidst the challenges of everyday life. The retreat is an introduction to the 7-point mind training. This profound teaching integrates mindfulness, reflection, sadhana and the qualities of the four brahma viharas into a comprehensive approach for awakening the Bodhicitta. The retreat will include puja and ritual with supportive silence and meditation reviews.

Booking Fee: 
£75.00
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hillwalking and meditation

Friday, 8 July 2016 to Friday, 15 July 2016
2016

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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yoga and meditation

Friday, 11 March 2016 to Friday, 18 March 2016
2016

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, please read the retreat information sheet.

Booking Fee: 
£75.00
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in spacious awareness, wisdom unfolds

Friday, 19 February 2016 to Friday, 26 February 2016
2016

Here is mindfulness in its original Buddhist context. This retreat invites us to take the Buddha's ancient path from simple mindfulness through meditation into a new wisdom. The meaning of his teachings can only be revealed by serene contemplation of direct experience. Here is an opportunity to understand.

For more information, please read the retreat information sheet.
 

Booking Fee: 
£75.00
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men's winter

Monday, 21 December 2015 to Monday, 28 December 2015
2015

In the silence of a starlit winter's night, seeing a leaf jewelled with ice crystals, suddenly you're standing in the midst of wonder, as if somehow you just stepped through a gateway into another realm. Can you recall experiences like that? On this meditation retreat there'll be no fancy new techniques but ideal conditions in which to practise what you already know - mindfulness, metta, devotion, they are all gateways if only we can free ourselves from distraction and practise wholeheartedly.

Booking Fee: 
£75.00
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opening to life

Friday, 6 November 2015 to Friday, 13 November 2015
2015

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.  As well as giving a grounding in the basic principles of Buddhism and meditation, these retreats are an ideal reflective situation in which to take a fresh look at ourselves.

For more information, please read the retreat information sheet.

Booking Fee: 
£75.00
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tai chi and meditation

Friday, 17 July 2015 to Friday, 24 July 2015
2015
Booking Fee: 
£75.00
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Yoga and meditation

Friday, 13 March 2015 to Friday, 20 March 2015
2015

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.

 

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Booking Fee: 
£75.00
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In Spacious Awareness

Friday, 27 February 2015 to Friday, 6 March 2015
2015

Here is mindfulness in its original Buddhist context. This retreat invites us to take the Buddha's ancient path from simple mindfulness through meditation into a new wisdom. The meaning of his teachings can only be revealed by serene contemplation of direct experience. Here is an opportunity to understand.

 

For more information, please take a look here

Booking Fee: 
£75.00