Dhivan is from Somerset in England, and was ordained into the Triratna Buddhist Order in 2004. His book This Being That Becomes: the Buddha's teaching on conditionality was published by Windhorse in 2011. He lives in Bristol, where he teaches philosophy for the Open University.
His website is www.dhivan.net
Dhiraka has been practicing since his student days and was ordained in 2005. He is fascinated by the 'problem' of teaching meditation - of communicating what is a very private practice and helping others to 'get it' when he can't 'see' directly the fruits of their efforts. It is a subtle art and one that Dhiraka takes seriously, but does so with a lot of humour as well. He also teaches meditation in secular contexts. Visit his website.
Vandika recently moved to Somerset, England, after 25 years of London life, and was ordained into the Triratna Buddhist Order in 2006. She has a background in design and fine art, with a passion for exploring meditative experience and the Dharma through painting and drawing.
Her website is: www.laurathomsonpainting.co.uk
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.
The Buddha’s teaching of conditionality or dependent arising is a way to understand how experience works in terms of causes and conditions, but also a teaching about the way of life that leads to liberation. This retreat will combine study of the Buddha’s teachings on dependent arising with discussion and meditation to make it all real.
For more information read the retreat information sheet.