About the Retreat
Why, when we sit down to meditate, does our mind wander helplessly here and there? Why is it so difficult to control the mind and attain realisations? Why do difficult and hurtful things happen to us and others?
We are distracted and effected by the negative energy of our delusions, our distorted conceptions and emotions, which have accumulated as a result of our previous negative actions.
There is no negative action that cannot be purified. These negative imprints left in our mind-stream can be purified so that we don’t have to experience the suffering results that would otherwise come, and so we can clear this negative energy out of the way of our spiritual development.
Especially powerful methods are those associated with the deity Vajrasattva and the Thirty Five Confession Buddhas. It is said to be as effective in burning away delusions and negative energy as is a great fire in burning away thousands of acres of forest.
Everyone is welcome, either for the whole retreat, or part of it. It will include explanation of both practices as well as the process of purification within an understanding of karma.
(It will also be very helpful for any Discovering Buddhism students who are working towards completing module fourteen of the programme)