the magic of mahamudra
Candrika lives in Glasgow and was ordained by Parami at Akasavana in 2009. She is endlessly fascinated by how the magic of relaxed awareness can effortlessly unfold selfing and ease us into freedom. Enjoying the simplicity of Mahamudra and the riches of the archetypal, Candrika looks forward to exploring our potential for falling awake.
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.
Subhanaya works at Dhanakosa and was ordained in 2021. Time in nature, in the water and wild places, is an important part of her spiritual and embodiment practice. Dance and movement has been a major part of her life and practice for 9 years, she is currently training to teach Open Floor movement practice, more on her website here.
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.
Modern life is complex, often demanding and can be highly technical too. But as human beings gifted with the magical mystery of awareness, we have all we need to align with and relax into awakening, just as the Buddha did.
On this retreat we will explore the possibility of easing into natural simplicity and effortless enjoyment of life's journey. Drawing on the ancient wisdom of Mahamudra we will invite in resources, release obstacles, and relax into the flow of life more fully without the stress of trying to control our experience.
The retreat will invite a revitalisation and a fresh approach to practice wherever you are on your journey and whatever meditation you practice. As a retreat community we will meditate together becoming a stronger force for good in the world. We will do this within the timeless flow of awakening in the company of all our fellow meditators past, present, near and far inspired by all enlightened beings, mythical, magical, and just like us.
This retreat is for people who already have a regular meditation practice and established connection with the Triratna Buddhist Community. Who are already familiar with the mindfulness of breathing and the metta bhavana, and the practice of puja.
For more information read the retreat information sheet.