Exploring Buddhist Animism
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
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, a long standing interest in natural history and a love of the wilderness. He lives at Dhanakosa with Dharmavasini and their 2 children.
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 currently practising within the context of the Triratna Buddhist Community. Previous experience of the Mindfulness of Breathing and Metta Bhavana meditations and of the Sevenfold Puja will be assumed.
Early Buddhism emerged from the animistic culture of iron-age India, shaking off the chains of superstition and belief in magic. But have we come too far from those sensitive resonant connections with nature into a disenchanted world? On this retreat we will engage with themes from the early Buddhist tradition, through study, reflection, meditation, and ritual, rediscovering our place in the unfolding interconnectedness of all life. And engage with the question of whether a more animistic approach to life may help us not only live more meaningfully, but help us build a better world.
Study and discussion will form an important part of this retreat, but we will also take our reflections strongly into our meditation practice and into an encounter with the lifeful elemental world of nature around us.
For more information please read the retreat information sheet.