Untangling the Tangle – study retreat By upasamkamitva on August 30, 2016 in Non-residential weekend study retreat, with Christina Feldman and John Peacock 9th – 10th December 2017: Goodenough College; London, WC1N This two day study retreat provides the opportunity to focus in-depth on a key discourse from the early Buddhist teachings. Under the guidance of the teachers, participants will explore this sutta with its comprehensive understanding of how the mind works, both in meditation and in everyday life. The course includes periods of contemplative study and meditation practice as means of deepening understanding of the teachings and how they can transform our experiences of daily life. This sutta provides a direct and practical way of understanding how to bring an end to conflict and distress: ‘…the end of taking up rods & bladed weapons, of arguments, quarrels, disputes, accusations, divisive tale-bearing, & false speech. That is where these evil, unskilful things cease without remainder.’ As such, this ancient text has great relevance to contemporary life, helping us cultivate more harmonious ways of co-existing in the world. This discourse can be found online at Access to Insight and to get the most out of the course students are invited to read it prior to attending the weekend. Teacher 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. JOHN PEACOCK is both an academic and a Buddhist practitioner of nearly forty years. Trained initially in the Tibetan Gelugpa tradition in India, he subsequently spent time in Sri Lanka studying Theravada. He lectured in Buddhist Studies at the University of Bristol, is Associate Director of the Oxford Mindfulness Centre and teaches on the Master of Studies programme in MBCT (Mindfulness-based Cognitive Therapy) at Oxford University. John has been teaching meditation for more than twenty five years and is a Gaia House guiding teacher. Event Details Non-residential course The weekend will include periods of practice and times for discussion. Accommodation for the Saturday night may be booked directly with Good Enough College if required A vegetarian sandwich based lunch, and daytime tea and coffee, are included Full Payment required on booking (Deposits cannot be taken for retreats under 5 days in length) A limited number of Bursary places are available for this course. Please read the Booking Conditions before booking December 9, 2017 - December 10, 201710:00 am - 5:30 pm Venue: Goodenough College, London, UK Venue Phone: +44 (0)20 7753 0578 Venue Website: http://events.goodenough.ac.uk/ Address: Mecklenburgh Square, London, London, WC1N 2AB, United Kingdom Description: Goodenough College is a registered charity tucked away in leafy Mecklenburgh Square, providing residential accommodation in a unique community for postgraduate students in London. With its international academic and professional community you will find this venue both stimulating and relaxing in its quiet and informal atmosphere. Goodenough College is centrally located in WC1 and is in easy walking distance of numeorus underground and mainline stations, with good accessibility from all London airports. The College comprises two buildings on either side of a quiet garden square. Refurbished in 2014, Grade II listed London House has 6 function rooms, all with their own personality, from oak panelled walls to high vaulted ceilings. William Goodenough House on the opposite side of the Square also has two modern function rooms. Four star en-suite accommodation is available at the Goodenough Club which is located in the Square and rooms are available in the College too.