Everything Leans -Interconnection and Emptiness on the Path of Freedom
Everything leans means that all things are dependent on other things for their existence. Can we playfully and joyfully examine the fabrication of experience? All the material nature of any happening and the consciousness that reveals it are propped up by other things. There is no independence anywhere. Although this can sound daunting and extreme, the application and experience of emptiness is actually warm and easeful.
“Emptiness which is conceptually liable to be mistaken for sheer nothingness is in fact the reservoir of infinite possibilities.”
― D.T. Suzuki
This retreat will explore techniques and practices that support openness of heart and clarity of mind. Rooted in an accessible explanation of some of the most profound Dharma teachings, we hope all will gain new skills and deep understandings.
The meditation techniques we practice are over 2,500 years old and are mostly based on the Theravada Buddhist tradition. Taking part in the retreat does not, however, require an adherence to Buddhism or any adaptation of personal faith.
Why take part in the retreat? What happens on a retreat?
The retreat is suitable for both beginners and experienced practitioners. Beginners have a chance to become familiar with basic meditation techniques and to see their effects clearly in practice, so a retreat is a good way to begin a meditation practice. For experienced meditators, a retreat is a great opportunity to deepen and clarify their practice under the guidance of qualified teachers.
Teachings are offered in English. The daily routine consists mostly of sitting and walking meditation and also includes instructions for meditation, an evening talk and a working period. The retreat is held in silence except during individual or group interviews with a teacher.
The retreat includes a daily breakfast, lunch and light dinner, all vegetarian. Participants stay in 2-4 person rooms. The retreat will take place at the Friendship Inn, which is located in Kruusila, near Salo, on the shore of beautiful Lake Pernjärvi.
Who are the teachers?
Nathan Glyde began meditating in 1997 and began teaching on silent meditation retreats in 2006. From a continued exploration of meditation on silent retreats grew a deep love of silence and the power of stillness. The realisation of the potential of every moment to become a moment of awakening provoked an exploration of meditation in daily life activities. An urge to offer retreats that offer deep connection in an active life led to the initiative in 2004 of SanghaSeva. Nathan has been facilitating Dharma gatherings in India since 2007.
How much does it cost? How can I sign up?
The base price is 205 euros, but it is also possible to pay more or less than this. You may sign up by paying the registration fee and filling in the registration form. More information about the price, registration and other details.
Tuulikki Hukka (+358 50 432 9241)
Joonas Koskinen (+358 46 590 3646)