About the Retreat
Wisdom and compassion are like the two wings of a bird that flies to enlightenment. The central practices of the path to enlightenment are to realise the profound truth of emptiness and to develop the altruistic attitude of bodhicitta. Respectively these are called conventional and ultimate bodhicitta. They are the core of both the perfection and vajra vehicles of mahayana buddhism.
This retreat includes teaching, meditation and discussion to help participants generate experience of these two bodhicittas. It will be based around Commentaries on Bodhicitta by Nagarjuna and a short Medicine Buddha sadhana translated and introduced by Lama Zopa Rinpoche*. Daily meditations will include tong len (giving and taking) meditation based around contemporary social issues, deconstructive meditations on emptiness, meditation on the conventional and ultimate nature of the mind, and meditations to develop bodhicitta. There will be lots of pairs and group discussions, as well as question and answer sessions.