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Online Retreat: To Boldly Go

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Online Retreat: To Boldly Go

Friday 11 June


Friday 7pm

Welcome and introduction to the team
Being on an online retreat and practical information
Dedication Ceremony
Just Sitting
Introduction to the retreat theme
Reading by Ajahn Chah
Reading by Marianne Williamson
Thoughts on mantra chanting
Invocation of Amoghasiddhi
Amoghasiddhi mantra




Try to be mindful, and let things take their natural course.
Then your mind will become still in any surroundings,
like clear forest pool.
All kinds of wonderful, rare animals will come to drink at the pool,
and you will see the nature of all things
You will see many strange and wonderful things come and go,
but you will be still.
This is the happiness of the Buddha.
Ajahn Chah

Our Deepest Fear
Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate.
Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure.
It is our light not our darkness that most frightens us.
We ask ourselves, who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous,
talented and fabulous?

Actually, who are you not to be?
You are a child of God.
Your playing small does not serve the world.
There’s nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other
people won’t feel insecure around you.

We were born to make manifest the glory of
God that is within us.
It’s not just in some of us; it’s in everyone.
And as we let our own light shine,
we unconsciously give other people
permission to do the same.
As we are liberated from our own fear,
Our presence automatically liberates others.
Marianne Williamson


At the witching hour of midnight,
From the Northern Quarter,
From the Realm of Perfect Action,
Comes the UnstoppableWisdom Being,
Magical Amoghasiddhi.

Deep green, like the night forest,
Shining like emerald,
He comes carried across the winds
By the shang-shangs with rainbow wings,
The angelic bird beings
With triumphant cymbals.

Upon a jewel decked throne he sits,
Holding the golden vishvavajra,
Uniting all the opposites in his hand,
Holding the axis of manifestation in his hand,
And offering perfect fearlessness
To all sentient beings.

His Wisdom performs all skilful means,
And ever engaged in creative activity,
He transforms the power of the angry demons
Into compassion’s playful dance.

Oh Amoghasiddhi, with your pacifying medicine,
Please heal the poisonous sickness of envy,
Please bless us with your soothing green light,
That we may find contentment
And live free from fear.

Om Amoghasiddhi Ah Hum

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Drinking tea, sitting, quiet – ahhh. This Saturday enjoy Zen tea. More info here. Book here.