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.

Alive in Nature: Part One

Saturday, 8 May 2021 2021

A series of Dharma micro-adventures live from the Scottish Highlands!

Saturdays May 8, 15, 22

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First daily session (2 hrs): IE & UK 07:30 | Europe CET 08:30 | India 12:00 | Australia AEDT 16.30 | New Zealand 18.30

Second daily session (2 hrs): USA PST 11:00 | México 13:00 | USA EST 14:00 | IE & UK 19:00 | Europe CET 20:00 | India 23:30 | Australia AEDT 04.00 (next day) | New Zealand 06.00 (next day)

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Fire of Awakening ONLINE

Saturday, 13 February 2021 to Thursday, 18 February 2021 2021

The 3 lakshanas (Impermanence, Unsatisfactoriness and Insubstantiality) are a fundamental expression of the Buddha’s vision of Reality. In this teaching, the Buddha is pointing to the transformative effect of acknowledging, allowing, and opening to the ways in which we experience these 3 aspects of our lives and gives us practical advice on how to stay firmly on the path of practice and awakening.

online weekend: the taste of Freedom

Friday, 22 January 2021 to Sunday, 24 January 2021 2021

The online weekend retreat offers an excellent short introduction to Buddhism and Meditation.  We will be explore together how integrating the practice of meditation and the principles of Buddhism into our lives can give us a fresh outlook and guide us towards more freedom and joy.

"Just as the mighty ocean has but one taste, the taste of salt, even so the Dharma-vinaya (Buddhism) has but one taste, the taste of Freedom".

During the retreat we will explore two traditional meditation practices and give you grounding in the basic principles of Buddhism.

Padmasambhava and the Heart of Awakening ONLINE

Saturday, 14 November 2020 to Thursday, 19 November 2020 2020

The retreat will draw on the inspiration of Padmasambhava, Tantric Guru, who was invited to Tibet to transform the deeper, more unruly forces of the mind.  Through meditation, silence and ritual we will explore the ‘Heart of Awakening’ practice which he taught.

The retreat will start on Saturday evening at 7.30pm. The programme for Sun – Wed will be:

awareness to wisdom

Friday, 28 February 2020 to Friday, 6 March 2020 2020

What is the relationship between mindfulness and wisdom?  How can a simple practice of on-going awareness help us know the nature of reality? Using the Buddha's words from the Satipatthana Sutta we will cultivate awareness that is receptive and reflexive. With continuity of practice the quality of our mind is transformed and a deeper understanding of the way things are is naturally revealed.

For more information read the retreat information sheet.

 

Booking Fee: 
£75.00

Opening to Life - Buddhist Tools

Friday, 8 February 2019 to Friday, 15 February 2019 2019

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 integrated with daily bodywork sessions and see how they apply directly to our body, heart and mind.

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

The Fire of Awakening

Friday, 11 January 2019 to Friday, 18 January 2019 2019

The 3 lakshanas (Impermanence, Unsatisfactoriness and Insubstantiality) are a fundamental expression of the Buddha’s vision of Reality. In this teaching, the Buddha is pointing to the transformative effect of acknowledging, allowing, and opening to the ways in which we experience these 3 aspects of our lives and gives us practical advice on how to stay firmly on the path of practice and awakening.

Booking Fee: 
£75.00

Hillwalking and Meditation

Friday, 7 September 2018 to Friday, 14 September 2018 2018

Nature is for many of us an important 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.

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

The fire of awakening

Friday, 12 January 2018 to Friday, 19 January 2018 2018

The 3 lakshanas (Impermanence, Unsatisfactoriness and Insubstantiality) are a fundamental expression of the Buddha’s vision of Reality. In this teaching, the Buddha is pointing to the transformative effect of acknowledging, allowing, and opening to the ways in which we experience these 3 aspects of our lives and gives us practical advice on how to stay firmly on the path of practice and awakening.

Booking Fee: 
£75.00