Going Deeper - Zen in the Lens
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.
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.
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 the Sevenfold 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.
This retreat is about crafting a small number of images from a deep place of resonance between ourselves and our subject, supported by meditation and silence. We will focus on the importance of going beyond just looking, to really seeing with our whole heart, mind and body. We will absorb and come into relationship with the beautiful landscape of the glen before we try to capture it photographically whether in big views or in more intimate details. Using inspiration from Buddhist tradition and age old meditation techniques, we will set a tone for the retreat where stillness and awareness can naturally feed into the creative process.
For more information read the retreat information sheet.
Covid-19 update: We hope this retreat will be able to go ahead, however we cannot be clear how travel and social distancing guidance will evolve and what the effect of this will be on our ability to offer this retreat. We are therefore only taking bookings for a limited number of places on this retreat and limiting people to one retreat booking each during the period of restrictions so as to share out our resources as much as we can. Please be aware that we cannot guarantee being able to run this retreat. We'll be in touch 2-4 weeks ahead of the start date of the retreat to confirm whether it is going ahead.