Details:

Date: 12th – 14th November

Retreat Leader: Ray Furminger

Requirements: It is recommended those who attend have at least a good understanding of the basic principles of Tibetan Buddhism

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 12th November and finish at 5pm on the 14th January.

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 Weekend

In the Vajrayana vehicle of Tibetan Buddhism the mandala is used to represent the totality of our universal experience. Different types of mandalas are constructed both externally as paintings and so forth and internally by practitioners during meditation. In this weekend course, Ray will share some of his knowledge of the subject gained over many years both as a practitioner and as a thangka painter in order to help you gain a deeper understanding of the symbolism of the mandala, how this can be inter-connected with all levels of your practice and how you can use this in your daily lives.

To get the most out of this course it is recommended that students have at least a good understanding of the basic principles of Tibetan Buddhism but it is not necessary to have tantric initiation.

About the Leader

Ray has been trying to practice the dharma for over forty years and has spent more than thirty years painting thangkas and making holy objects which he studied under master artist Andy Weber. He has been teaching thangka painting, symbolism and iconography for many years and is also currently the main cook at Land of Joy.

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