West London Buddhist Centre

Online City Retreat: At the Still Point of the Turning World

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  • Fri Dec 31st 2021
  • 7:00 pm
  • 8:30 pm
  • Booking required
  • £40 registration fee, plus £80 suggested donation

‘At the still point of the turning world. Neither flesh nor fleshless;

Neither from nor towards; at the still point, there the dance is,

But neither arrest nor movement. And do not call it fixity,

Where past and future are gathered.

Neither movement from nor towards,

Neither ascent nor decline. Except for the point, the still point,

There would be no dance, and there is only the dance.

I can only say, there we have been: but I cannot say where.

And I cannot say, how long, for that is to place it in time.

The inner freedom from the practical desire,

The release from action and suffering, release from the inner

And the outer compulsion, yet surrounded

By a grace of sense, a white light still and moving…..’

The Four Quartets, T.S. Eliot

How often are we graced with moments of inner stillness and spaciousness? How often do we experience a simple contentment in our daily lives? Many of us move from one activity to another without stopping to pause and with little time to reflect or to connect with our deepest values. Yet even in the midst of the continual challenges of life we can stop and connect with a deeper reality, stop and see things as they really are. When we do this we can let go of our habitual busyness and begin to calm our bodies and minds. We can access an inner stillness and inner spaciousness which allows us to respond to our experience from a place of equanimity.

As one year ends and the next begins, join Bodhilila and Prajnanita on our online retreat as we cultivate conditions to create stillness, spaciousness and equanimity in our meditation and our lives. The retreat will include meditation, mantra chanting and ritual as well as talks and discussion groups exploring Buddhist teachings and practices. In particular we will see how stillness is an integral part of our ethical and spiritual practice, how equanimity is an expression our awakening heart and mind.

Programme

The retreat will include meditation, talks, reflection, discussion groups, mantra chanting and ritual. It will start on Tuesday at 7 pm (1.5 hours) with an Introduction to the retreat, theme and Dedication Ceremony, and finish on Saturday at 8.30 pm with Session 3, including meditation, reporting out and Closing Ritual. On the last day of the year (Friday 31 December) we will have an additional late night session (see Session 4) to let go of this year and welcome the New Year.

Session 1: 10.30 – 12.30 am (UK time)

Session 2: 4 pm – 5.30 pm (UK Time)

Session 3: 7 pm – 8.30 pm (UK Time)

Session 4: 10 pm – 12.00 pm

‘Equanimity is a perfect, unshakeable balance of mind, rooted in insight’.

Nyanopnika Thera

Booking

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/online-city-retreat-at-the-still-point-of-the-turning-world-tickets-223481849227

The non-refundable booking fee for this retreat is £40, with a suggestion for additional voluntary donation of £80 (if you wish or are in a position to give this).

We still want to make our events available to everyone who wants to attend so please contact the centre and ask for a bursary if you want to attend but can’t manage the booking fee: info@westlondonbuddhistcentre.com

Bodhilila and Prajnanita

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PLEASE NOTE: The Meditation Club will not be restarting until Sunday 27 March and NOT on 30 January as previously listed.

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