going deeper - hillwalking and meditation
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.
An ideal first regulars retreat. These retreats take successful themes from our introductory programme, and gently introduce more silence, meditation, and a stronger Buddhist context through teachings and Buddhist ritual (including 7-fold puja).
Open to anyone who has done an introductory retreat, or has been attending a local centre, and looking to take their practice a bit deeper.
Going Deeper retreats are an ideal first regulars retreat. They are suitable for anyone who has already done an introductory retreat or, who has been attending their local Triratna centre and wants to take things deeper. Going Deeper – with Hillwalking takes the established successful Hillwalking retreat format and by intensifying the practice enables us to connect more deeply with our experience both in the shrine room and in nature. We will continue exploring the Mindfullness of Breathing and Metta Bhavana but also introduce a stronger Just Sitting element to the practice, and more reflection, both on and off the cushion. These retreats will also include an introduction to Buddhist ritual and the seven fold puja. Longer periods and silence and silent walks will all support a deep and rich experience both of ourselves and the world around us.
The retreat will include three days of guided walks. There will be walk options available to suit all levels of fitness. All walks are in the local area but some require a short drive to get to the starting point. You can of course also go on your own walks and our walk leaders will be able to advise you. Please note, appropriate clothing is essential for many of the guided walks – see “Is there anything special I need to bring?”
For more information read the retreat information sheet.