West London Buddhist Centre

Online Retreat: Fires of Transformation

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Day 2



Resources for Day 2:



Saturday 8am

‘During the period of meditation, there is not anything: it is simply open.’
from Padmasambhava’s Advice to the Three Fortunate Women





‘Disposing yourself to be physically calm, as in an empty house the raindrops slowly gather, relax – do not force your mind or body.’
from Padmasambhava’s Advice to the Three Fortunate Women



Enough. These few words are enough.
If not these words, this breath.
If not this breath, this sitting here.
This opening to the life
we have refused
again and again
until now.
Until now.

David Whyte


Saturday 10.30

Introducing Padmasambhava, a talk by Ratnadeva




What are my habits that obstruct my spiritual growth and freedom?





A Metta Bhavana practice putting different aspects of ourself in the first four stages followed by a visualisation Padmasambhava led by Ratnadeva





Saturday 4pm

The Language of the Depths – a short talk by Bodhilila







Poem and Just Sitting meditation






The Guest House


This being human is a guest house.
Every morning a new arrival.
A joy, a depression, a meanness,
Some momentary awareness comes
As an unexpected visitor.
Welcome and entertain them all !
Even if they’re a crowd of sorrows,
Who violently sweep your house
Empty of its furniture,
Still, treat each guest honourably.
He may be clearing you out
For some new delight.
The dark thought, the shame, the malice, 
Meet them at the door laughing, 
And invite them in.
Be grateful for whoever comes,
Because each has been set
As a guide from beyond.





Some thoughts on ritual
Invocation to Padmasambhava (chanted by Serena)
Padmasambhava Blazing Light Puja







‘Saying there are obstacles will get you nowhere: do what you can at the time,’


from Padmasambhava’s Advice and Admonition to the Revealers of Treasures



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