West London Buddhist Centre

Earth, Heart, Sky

Online Retreat: Earth, Heart, Sky

Monday 1st June 2020 – Saturday 6th June 2020




Welcome to the Earth, Heart, Sky retreat page where we will be posting talks, meditations and poems each day.
We will post both an audio and a video recording of each session


How surely gravity’s law,
Strong as an ocean current,
Takes hold of even the strongest thing
And pulls it toward the heart of the world.

Each thing –
Each stone, blossom, child –
is held in place.
Only we, in our arrogance,
Push out beyond what we belong to
for some empty freedom.

If we surrendered
to earth’s intelligence
we could rise up rooted, like trees…..

This is what the things can teach us:
to fall,
patiently to trust our heaviness
Even a bird has to do that
before he can fly.

Rainer Maria Rilke
trans Anita Burrows and Joanna Macy

Extract from Rilke’s Book of Hours: Love poems to God

Riverhead 2005


Day 1: Monday 1st June

Day 2: Tuesday 2nd June

Day 3: Wednesday 3rd June

Day 4: Thursday 4th June

Day 5: Friday 5th June

Day 6: Saturday 6th June

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