facing the demons - dharma for troubled times
Parami - Parami has been a member of the Triratna Buddhist Order since 1980. In that time she has led retreats and workshops in many parts of the world. Her particular interest in the Bodhisattva Ideal has shown itself in many ways, most recently in her exploration of socially engaged Buddhism, on retreat and in training with Joanna Macy.
Currently she lives at Adhistana in Herefordshire and the rest of the time visits Triratna Centres in the UK and elsewhere. She is involved with Triratna activities around the world, especially in Spanish-speaking Centres. She has been a private preceptor for some years and became a public preceptor in 2005.
Khemasuri tried teaching herself meditation for a couple of years and found Taraloka after realising she need to ask the question ‘what do you do with an itch?’. He love of meditation lead her to the Dharma and she was ordained in 2005. Khemasuri has experience of rural, urban and Buddhafield Sanghas. She lives in Sheffield and has been co-ordinator for the team that supports the International Order Convenors for some while.
Khemasuri has a strong ‘lay’ interest in science and in particular how we can use ‘systems thinking’ as a way of understanding the Dharma and conditionality in particular.
Ratnadeva has been working full-time with Buddhafield since 2009, mainly on the retreats side of the programme. He lives in a small community of Triratna Order members in mid-Devon. He moved to Devon after living in the men’s community above the Nottingham Buddhist Centre for five years, while working at the British Geological Survey as a contaminant hydrogeologist. He was ordained into the Trirata Order in 2013.
Ratnadeva has a long standing passion for engagement with the natural world and the cycle of the seasons through myth and ritual. This has led him to explore the complementarity of Dharma and the pagan Druidic tradition. He is mad for walking pilgrimage. He accepts all challenges on the chess board.
Regulars - Triratna
These retreats are for people who are already practicing within the context of the Triratna Buddhist Community. Previous experience of the Mindfulness of Breathing and Metta Bhavana meditations and of the 7-fold Puja will be assumed.
In his 1979 talk on Padmasambhava, Sangharakshita said "we mustn't think of 'demons' as mythological.... You're living in a world of demons" : economic; social; political. In our troubled, complex world it is hard to recognise and face these 'demons'. This retreat will explore some of the demons of our age and time, both inner and outer. Through meditation, ritual, talks and group work we hope to face and transform them, going forward with renewed energy, strength and inspiration.
For more information, read the retreat information sheet.