The green buddha - appreciative awareness in troubled times
Smritiratna first took up Buddhist practice in 1977 at the age of 21 while studying Developmental Psychology at Sussex University. At 27, he began training in earnest with the FWBO and entered the Western Buddhist Order in 1991.
In 1996, he came to Scotland, joined the Dhanakosa project and spent five years on-site, teaching and house-keeping. In 2001, he gave up house-keeping to concentrate on study, contemplation and teaching. He now lives in a forest hut near Dhanakosa. He still leads Dhanakosa retreats and continues to delight in introducing meditation to newcomers.
Suitable for people who have been on retreat before and have a regular meditation practice. These are more intensive than introductory retreats.
We live, it seems, in increasingly troubled times. Yet if we fall prey to fear, hatred, blame and conflict, things only get worse. Somehow we need the resources to find our feet, rise up and meet the challenges we face with courage and confidence, with strength and dignity, with creativity and compassion, with wisdom and the harmonising speech that builds concord and co-operation.
Seeking resources, well the Buddhist tradition has much to offer. It offers mindfulness and the practices of consciously appreciating what we love and trust. It offers meditations to work skilfully with our emotional states, so as to move beyond fear into courage, beyond hatred into compassion, beyond habitual old views into insightful new perspectives. This retreat makes such practices readily available within a supportive daily programme which includes meditation, mindfulness, daily discourses and imaginal practices such as mantra, puja and inspirational poetry.
‘The Green Buddha’ refers both to the historical Buddha who spent most of his time living with appreciative awareness in the forests of ancient India ... and to the archetypal Buddha ‘Amoghasiddhi’ - ‘Green Buddha of the North’. Of the five buddhas depicted in the Buddha Mandala, Amoghasiddhi stands especially for: harmony and concord within ... harmony and concord without. This is not the superficial harmony that compromises truth. It is the hard-won harmony that courageously faces conflict - both inner and outer - searching for the deeper truths that show a way to lasting resolution.”
For more information see the retreat information sheet.
2022 Covid-19 update: We expect to be running this retreat with a maximum of 21 people including the team. We have put together a Covid-19 pre-retreat information sheet with more detail about what to expect, please read this before booking and in advance of coming on retreat.