Details:

Date: 26th – 28th February

Retreat Leader: Lynne Knight

Requirements: Everyone is welcome

Cost: Generosity ModelDonation only (via the donation form at the bottom of the page; no suggested amount).

Format: Due to the Coronavirus pandemic we can currently only offer our group retreats via Zoom. This will continue until we are able to host them onsite once again. When this happens we hope to live stream the onsite retreats online so those who can’t make it to the centre can still join the retreat via Zoom. Therefore, please share how you would prefer to attend the retreat when you complete your booking form so we know how many people to expect on onsite if this becomes possible.

Start and Finish times: The retreat will begin at 7pm on the 26th February and finish at 12:30pm on the 28th February.

Accommodation: Shared 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.

About the Retreat

Compassion can be both empowering and healing for us and those around us if embraced in an open-hearted and genuine way. The habit of putting ourselves down can be so deeply ingrained that we don’t even realise we’re doing it. Perhaps we can’t truly imagine how different life could be if we were able to truly embrace and accept who we are while feeling worthy of being free from difficulty.

This weekend will introduce and explore the importance of cultivating self-compassion, a profound acceptance of ourselves as we are, as well as how this can enable us to cultivate the genuine wish to help others in whatever way possible.

As we begin to develop a greater understanding of these ideas and ways of being, we can discover the capacity to be comfortable with ourselves and help others with a greater ease and understanding.

Presentations, discussions and meditation techniques will be used as a basis for exploring these ideas and generating a feel for how they can be relevant for us and helpful in our lives.

Topics to be covered:

  • Love vs compassion
  • Self-compassion
  • Compassion meditation
  • The wish to help others

About the Teacher

Lynne first met the Buddhist teachings in 1979, and has studied since then, mostly with Geshe Tashi at Jamyang London.  She is a registered teacher with the FPMT for the Discovering Buddhism course. Now retired, Lynne spent more than 25 years as a primary school teacher, and enjoyed checking to see how the teachings worked in daily life situations. She currently co-ordinates the Spiritual Programme for Jamyang Bath.

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Thank you and may you be happy.

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