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.
Regulars - Meditation
Suitable for people who have been on retreat before and have a regular meditation practice. These retreats will be conducted mostly in silence, and will normally have between 5 and 7 hours a day of sitting meditation.
We begin this retreat around the time of the Winter Solstice, which we shall be celebrating, as of old, the following evening. This is the darkest time of the year, when the short days begin to increase again, the nights drawing back as the daylight returns. We live at a dark time in human history too, with multiple dangers looming. At such a time it is natural to feel gloomy. Yet at just such a time we can rekindle our faith in humanity and the human potential for Enlightenment. This retreat is an opportunity to gather and rediscover that faith in meditation, shared communication and ritual
For more information please 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.