online photography and meditation weekend
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.
Abi lives at Dhanakosa and heads up the House and Grounds team. She works in the garden alongside Dharmavasini, helping to tend this wild and beautiful place. She returned to live and work at Dhanakosa in 2018 after a period away, and originally moved up to Dhanakosa from the south east in 2014. The big landscape here holds her heart and provides a reflection of spaciousness which nourishes her practice. Abi will be ordained in 2021.
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 online weekend retreat from Dhanakosa will be exploring bringing meditative photography into your own home and surrounding environment. Any kind of camera is suitable - even your phone!
On this online retreat, we will explore themes for photography which will be introduced each day during the morning session at 10.30am. In the evening session we will come together to share in small groups the photographs we have taken during the day. There will be a period of meditation in the morning at 8am at the weekend and 7am on Monday. On the first evening session at 7pm on Friday the 9th of July as well as introducing the retreat we will spend some time getting used to meeting and sharing photographs in small groups. See the retreat information sheet for a more detailed programme.
This retreat will be running online using the zoom meeting platform. This works in most web browsers, and you can also get free apps for all major mobile platforms too. You don’t need to pay for an account to take part.