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Online Retreat: Our Breathing Body

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Online Retreat: Our Breathing Body

Saturday 8 May

’The Breath is the way we come home to our own bodies, the world and to Reality..’



Saturday 8am

Salute to the Three Jewels
Refuges from the Avatamsaka Sutra (for text see Monday 8am)
Unled meditation with bells to mark 5 stages




This breathing* body that we have,
That’s sitting here right now…
With it’s aches and pleasures
Is exactly what we need to be fully human, fully awake, fully alive.
Pema Chodron

*‘breathing’ substituted for ‘very’

Saturday 10.30am
Talk by Bodhilila
Meditation led by Bodhilila (drawing on the Anapanasati Sutta)
Walking meditation
Manjushri mantra
Threefold Puja



Shakyamuni Buddha Thangka Painting  Large size Buddha Thangka image 0

Saturday 4pm

Ending ritual
Green Tara mantra in call and response
Just sitting
Reading – Song of Meditation
Transference of Merit




Song of Meditation
All beings are from the very beginning Buddhas.

It is like water and ice:
Apart from water, no ice,
Outside living beings, no Buddhas.

Not knowing it is near, they seek it afar.
What a pity!
It is like one in the water who cries out for thirst;

It is like the child from a rich house
Who has strayed away among the poor.
The cause of our circling through the six worlds

Is that we are on the dark paths of ignorance.

Dark path upon dark path treading.
When shall we escape from birth-and-death?

The Zen meditation of the Mahayana
Is beyond all praise.
Giving and morality and the other perfections,

Taking of the name, repentance, discipline,
And the many other right actions,
All come back to the practice of meditation.
By the merit of a single sitting
They destroy innumerable accumulated sins.

How should there be wrong paths for them?
The Pure Land paradise is not far.
When in reverence this truth is heard even once,

They who praise it and gladly embrace it
Have merit without end.
How much more those who turns within
And confirms directly their own nature,
That their own nature is no-nature –
Such has transcended vain words.
The gate opens, and cause and effect are one;

Straight runs the way – not two, not three.

Taking as form the form of no-form,
Going or returning, we are ever at home.
Taking as thought the thought of no-thought,

Singing and dancing, all is the voice of truth.

Wide is the heaven of boundless Samadhi,

Radiant the full moon of the fourfold wisdom.

What remains to be sought?
Nirvana is clear before us,
This very place the Lotus Paradise,
This very body the Buddha.


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