City Retreat 2020: Letting Go and Waking Up
- Wed Dec 30th 2020
- 7:00 pm
- 9:00 pm
- Booking required
- By donation
This retreat will run from 30 December – 2 January. Please register in advance for this event using this LINK. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the event via Zoom.
The human body, at peace with itself,
Is more precious than the rarest gem.
Cherish your body – it is yours this time only.
The human form is won with difficulty,
It is easy to lose.
All worldly things are brief,
Like lightning in the sky;
This life you must know
As the tiny splash of a raindrop;
A thing of beauty that disappears
Even as it comes into being.
Therefore set your goal;
Make use of every day and night
To achieve it.
– Tsong Khapa
This year has been a year unlike any other and there is more uncertainty than usual about the future. The City Retreat is an opportunity to both look back and look forward, while connecting to what gives our lives meaning and to our personal and spiritual aspirations. As one year ends and the next year begins can we let go of habits, patterns and views that cause us suffering and wake up to a new way of seeing, a new way of being?
The theme of the retreat is the Four Reminders, four reflections on reality which give us a Dharmic perspective that can help us make sense of and work creatively with the difficulties and loss we experience in life. At the same time, they help us to open our hearts and minds to the preciousness of life and the opportunities it offers.
The retreat will include meditation, chanting and ritual alongside periods of reflection and discussion as we come together to practice as a community. On New Year’s Eve there will be a special late night session so we can see in the New Year together.
The Four Reminders
Life has inevitable difficulties, no-one can control it all.
This body is impermanent, death is certain.
The Karma I create shapes the course of my life.
This human birth is precious, an opportunity city to awaken.
First session on 30 December: 7pm
Morning Session: 10.30 am – 12.30 pm
Afternoon Session: 4 pm – 5.30 pm
Evening Session: 7 pm – 8.30 pm
**Thursday 31 December: 10.00 pm – 12am an extended evening to welcome the New Year in.
Bodhilila and Prajnanita