2019 Wisdom & Compassion 2018-09-04T10:13:51+00:00


Date: 15th – 24th March 2019 

Retreat Leader: Andy Wistreich & Shan Tate

Recommendations: A familiarity with the concepts of karma and rebirth will help you understand the content but isn’t a requirement.

Cost: Generosity Model – Donation only (no suggested amount). 

Start and Finish times: 7pm on 15th; 2pm on 24th. People are welcome to arrive the day before and leave the day after is travelling long distances.

Accommodation: Dormitory beds, double and single rooms will be available at Land of Joy. Camping can be an option at certain times of year if you have your own tent but space is very limited. Beds are allocated based on individual or logistical needs.

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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.

About the Teachers

Andy Wistreich and Shan Tate have studied and practised buddhism together in FPMT since 1980. They first heard His Holiness the Dalai Lama teach Commentaries on Bodhicitta by Nagarjuna in Paris in 2003. Since then Andy led this retreat in India (2010) and they led it together in Israel (2018). Currently they are teaching and leading meditations on the FPMT Basic Programme at Saraswati study group in Somerset.

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