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This online Bodhi College retreat will explore the Four Foundations of Mindfulness, as taught in the Satipatthana discourse given by the Buddha. It is a profound teaching that encourages us to place the path of freedom and compassion in the classroom of our lives, nurturing a heart that is receptive and unshakeable.
This kind of 'home retreat' is a fairly new innovation and is designed to meet the needs of these challenging times. We are trying out a new form and hope that it will provide a powerful way to integrate retreat and daily life.
The retreat will be offered using Zoom so that we can see each other. There will be some opportunities to talk to each other at the beginning and end of the retreat. Although we will be meeting online, we will cultivate a sense of community and shared purpose during the retreat.
The retreat will mainly be taught by Jake Dartington, who has many years of experience of teaching on Zoom. John Peacock will also be contributing to the retreat.
Each day there will be three main periods of teaching at 9.30am (instructions), 2.30pm (guided meditation and movement) and 7.30pm (dharma talk). Between these times, you will be given a schedule to follow at home. You will also be given links to guided meditations to use at other times if the day. There will also be some small group meetings scheduled for the afternoons. The daily schedule will be made available to you.
You have a choice about how to participate in the retreat. You can follow a full retreat schedule of formal sitting and walking meditation from 7am until 9pm. Or if you have other commitments that make this impossible, you also have the option to simply join the three live teaching sessions at 9.30am, 2.30pm and 7.30pm.
In case you live in a different time zone recordings of the live sessions will be made available too, so that you can access them at suitable local times. However, we do recommend that you attend the orientation session live if at all possible.
We hope that this retreat will be a creative way to respond to the current situation and that it will support us all in this time.
A few words from Jake Dartington below on what to expect and how to prepare for an online retreat :
JAKE DARTINGTON has practised Buddhist meditation since 1995. After training as a Dharma teacher with Christina Feldman, he started teaching in 2007. He has a background in Philosophy and Buddhist Studies and has trained as a teacher of MBSR/MBCT. Jake lives in Nottingham where he teaches mindfulness and Insight Meditation.
JOHN PEACOCK is both an academic and a Buddhist practitioner of nearly fifty years. Trained initially in the Tibetan Gelugpa tradition in India, he subsequently spent time in Sri Lanka studying Theravada. After doing a doctorate in philosophy, he taught Buddhist and Western philosophy and then Buddhist Studies at the University of Bristol. He went on to be Associate Director of the Oxford Mindfulness Centre, co-direct the Master of Studies programme in MBCT(Mindfulness-based Cognitive Therapy) at Oxford University, and teach Buddhist psychology on the same course. John is now retired from academia and continues to teach meditation, as he has done for more than thirty-five years.