Nayaka

Nayaka - Nayaka came to Dhanakosa in 1996 after learning to meditate with the Newcastle Buddhist Centre. Drawn by the mountains, he quickly felt at home here and became increasingly involved in the running of the centre. He became part of the management team in 1999, was ordained into the Western Buddhist Order in 2001 and became centre director in 2006. He has a background in earth and life sciences, has a long standing interest in natural history and a love of the wilderness.

Nayaka lives at Dhanakosa with Dharmavasini and their 2 children.

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utopia for realists - exploring a buddhist vision of our economic future

Friday, 24 November 2017 to Friday, 1 December 2017
2017

What can a Buddhist perspective bring to the world today to help provide everyone with a sense of community, a worthwhile job, and a sense of fulfilment, whilst protecting the environment? Vaddhaka will lead an exploration of how money and the search for happiness impacts upon our lives, and how an alternative approach based on Buddhist values might be built.

For more information, read the retreat information sheet.

Booking Fee: 
£75.00
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dependent arising - study and practice

Friday, 31 March 2017 to Friday, 7 April 2017
2017

The Buddha’s teaching of conditionality or dependent arising offers a way to think about the causes and conditions for suffering in our experience, and about the causes and conditions for the path to liberation. This retreat will combine study of the Buddha’s teachings on conditionality with discussion and meditation to make it all real.

For more information, read the retreat information sheet.

Booking Fee: 
£75.00
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going deeper - elemental awakening

Friday, 30 September 2016 to Friday, 7 October 2016
2016

Drawing deeply on the landscape, and the sensual immediacy of our experience, we will explore the traditional Buddhist teaching of the six elements. We will see how this teaching provides a rich framework for reflection, gently transforming our sense of ourselves. This work will be set about with ritual, and the traditional Triratna approach to integration and positive emotion.

Booking Fee: 
£75.00
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a living mirror

Friday, 1 April 2016 to Friday, 8 April 2016
2016

An exploration of anapanasati (mindfulness of breathing in sixteen stages), aiming to engage the whole of our experience through sutta study and group discussion, meditation, and periods of silence. Moving through the stages of the anapanasati takes us deeper into a clear and still awareness, leaving us sensitive and open like a living mirror.

For more information, please read the retreat information sheet.

Booking Fee: 
£75.00
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going deeper - awakening to reality

Friday, 2 October 2015 to Friday, 9 October 2015
2015

On this retreat we will explore the Buddha's four noble truths and eightfold path to awakening through talks discussion meditation, reflection and ritual.  There will be more silence, meditation and a stronger Buddhist context (including an introduction to and practice of 7-fold Puja) than on our introductory retreats. They are 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.

Booking Fee: 
£75.00
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Mountain Biking and Meditation

Friday, 9 May 2014 to Friday, 16 May 2014
2014

Dhanakosa is an excellent base for cycling, and cycling, combined with basic meditation instruction and an introduction to the principals of Buddhism is an excellent way to connect a little more deeply with what it is to be alive.

There will be led cycle rides to suit all levels of experience. 

Booking Fee: 
£75.00
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Hillwalking and Meditation

Friday, 10 August 2018 to Friday, 17 August 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.

Booking Fee: 
£75.00
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going deeper - hillwalking and meditation

Friday, 18 August 2017 to Friday, 25 August 2017
2017

On this retreat we will encourage an appreciative sensitivity to our surroundings as we explore the local hills and glens together, often in silence. The richness of the natural environment feeding into a gentle deepening of our experience supported by meditation, reflection and simple Buddhist ritual.

For more information read the retreat information sheet.

Booking Fee: 
£75.00
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going deeper - hillwalking and meditation

Friday, 19 August 2016 to Friday, 26 August 2016
2016

On this retreat we will encourage an appreciative sensitivity to our surroundings as we explore the local hills and glens together, often in silence. The richness of the natural environment feeding into a gentle deepening of our experience supported by meditation, reflection and simple Buddhist ritual.

For more information, please read the retreat information sheet.

Booking Fee: 
£75.00
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hillwalking and meditation

Friday, 13 May 2016 to Friday, 20 May 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