Date: 19th to 20th March

Retreat Leader: Andy Wistreich & Shan Tate

Requirements: Everyone is welcome

Cost: Generosity Model – Donation only (via the donation form at the bottom of the page; no set amount).

Format: online via Zoom

Session times:  The sessions will run as follows:

  • Saturday 19th March  9.30 am  –  1.30 pm (with a half hour break)
  • Sunday    20th March  3.00 pm –  6.30 pm (with a half hour break)
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About the Course

It’s understood in buddhist traditions in general that one needs a teacher, someone reliable from whom one can receive authentic teachings, advice and instructions. It is often said that one shouldn’t rush into a relationship with a teacher, but rather, that when the student is ready, the teacher will appear.

This weekend course will include online conversations in small groups, and in the whole group,  enabling buddhist practitioners of all different levels of experience, engagement with the path and walks of life, to come together and learn from one another.

There will be a strong emphasis on honesty and openness, with an emphasis on active listening, and speaking from the heart. The facilitator will create a safe space wherein whatever difficult and deep questions participants bring, may be explored confidentially and sensitively.

The conversation will be conducted within awareness that the better we understand the meaning of the teacher-student relationship, the more we can benefit from it. This entails knowing what it can offer, but equally, what it can’t offer. Thus our expectations can be realistic. The spiritual journey is for oneself, the practitioner to follow. The spiritual friend may offer advice and guidance, but we are in charge of our direction of travel.

This will be an opportunity to share experience, questions and doubts. We will refer to presentations by great teachers of the past and present on the topic, but the primary source of learning will be from each other.

Here are the key topics for open discussion. All views, doubts and questions accepted.

1. Why do we need a spiritual teacher?

2. How should we relate to a spiritual teacher?

3. what could go wrong?

4. The guru within

Each of the 4 sessions will include an introductory presentation, a majority of time in discussion in breakouts and in the whole group, and a meditation.

About the Facilitators

Andy Wistreich and Shan Tate have studied and practised buddhist philosophy and meditation together since 1980. They are popular teachers who share their knowledge and experience around the world.

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