West London Buddhist Centre

Event Registration – October

Published on Aug 21st 2020, in News

Fires of Transformation – Online Weekend Retreat

Friday 2 October – Sunday 4 October 

Led by Bodhilila and Ratnadeva

Register in advance using this LINK. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the event.

Padmasambhava has many aspects: teacher, shaman, magician, recruiter of demons. All these roles herald profound transformation. It is well known that when Padmasambhava is called he comes. So in this retreat we will invoke Padmasambhava and through our encounter with this archetype of the awakened mind we will be encouraged to face our own demons, to walk with confidence into the cremation grounds of our lives, to stoke the fires of our own transformation and to dance with the Dakinis…

This retreat is for practitioners who are familiar with the mindfulness of breathing and the metta-bhavana and who are open to Buddhist ritual.

The retreat is run on a donation basis. The WLBC adopts this approach in order to make events as accessible as possible, regardless of participants’ income. Our ability to continue to run on this basis depends on the generosity of attendees who can afford to contribute.

Schedule:

Friday 2 October – Introductory session 7-8.30pm

Saturday 3 October – Meditation 8-9am / Morning session 10.30am – 12.30pm / ‘Retreat Lounge’ 1-2pm / Evening session 4-6pm

Sunday 4 October – Meditation 8-9am / Morning session 10.30am – 12.30pm / ‘Retreat Lounge’ 1-2pm / Evening session 4-6pm

 

Drawing and the Art of Mindfulness Half-day Retreat

Saturday 17 October 2-5pm

Led by Amitajyoti

Register in advance for this event using this LINK. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the retreat.

Explore how the disciplines of mindfulness and drawing complement each other and how approaching both in a spirit of play can be enriching and freeing.

You will be introduced to mindful drawing, mindfulness practices and a series of guided drawing exercises.

Mindfulness gives us opportunity to engage with experience directly, free from assumptions, preferences, and expectations. It supports the qualities of openness and clarity as well as an appreciation of life. This openness can lead us to new ways of perceiving our everyday experience which can be interesting, even fascinating, and freeing.  

This event is suitable for complete beginners to drawing and mindfulness as well as those with experience in either/both disciplines who’d like to explore their practice in a new way.

All you need is a biro pen and the back of three envelopes!, a mirror and a photograph of someone you love. If you have other drawing materials e.g. paper, pencils, pencil sharpener, eraser, charcoal, then bring them too!

Amitajyoti has been practising mindfulness for 26 years and was ordained into Triratna Buddhist Order 16 years ago. She is an artist trained to MA level and has been teaching drawing and mindfulness for beginners as well as experienced practitioners for over 15 years, in a variety of locations including our Triratna Centres, The National Gallery, British Museum and the City Literary Institute. She is fascinated by the intersections of mindfulness, creativity and the Imagination and loves exploring that with others in the context of workshops and retreats. www.cbarton-harvey.co.uk

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