Residential Study Retreat
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The Buddha can be seen as a mapmaker with a gift for charting the ways in which emotional/psychological distress is created moment to moment. He also offers pathways to bringing that same distress to an end.
In this module we will explore - in depth and in the light of our own experience - a few of the early discourses that point to ways in which we can cultivate a mind that is truly a friend: a heart/mind that is clear, creative, trustworthy and responsive, free of proliferation and confusion.
As the Buddha points out, it is possible for a person possessed of mindfulness, investigation and insight to "untangle the tangle".
The module will include periods of silence, formal meditation practice, teaching and peer investigation.
This retreat is a graduate course, open to all who have previously participated in Bodhi College retreats or completed one of our extended courses. Places are also available to experienced students who have familiarity with the core teachings of the Buddha and are committed to the practice of Dharma.
This retreat is offered on a dana basis – you will be asked to make an additional monetary donation at the end of the course to support the livelihood of the teacher
- For experienced practitioners
- Participants are asked to contribute 1 hour of work a day, in order to help with the running of the retreat
- Periods of silent meditation practice, as well as teachings and study
- Accommodation in shared and single rooms.
- All meals included – vegetarian food with the possibility of catering for special diets
- If paying a deposit – balance to be paid no later than 4 weeks before the module starts
- A limited number of Bursary places are available for this course
CHRISTINA FELDMAN is a co-founder of Gaia House and a guiding teacher at Insight Meditation Society, Barre, Massachussetts. The author of a number of books, she has been teaching insight meditation retreats internationally since 1976. She is one of the teaching faculty of the CPP programme, dedicated to the study and application of the early teachings of the Buddha and is engaged in teaching the Buddhist psychological foundations of mindfulness to those training to teach mindfulness-based applications in England, Belgium and the Netherlands. Her most recent book Mindfulness: Ancient Wisdom Meets Modern Psychology, written with Willem Kuyken, was published in the summer of 2019.
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CHRIS CULLEN has practised and studied the Buddha's teachings since 1994 and has been teaching Insight Meditation retreats since 2010. He is also on the teaching team of the University of Oxford’s Mindfulness Centre, teaching Buddhist Psychology on the Masters course in Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy and running the mindfulness programme in the UK Parliament. He has a psychotherapy practice in Oxford.