The tide seems to be turning. In some places the restrictions are now being lifted cautiously, but this is all far from over yet. There has been more than one wave in some places already. We will also be feeling the impacts of this global pandemic for many more months to come. Let’s carry on doing the right thing, while staying centred, calm and kind.
There are hopefully lots of valuable lessons we have been able to learn and are still learning during these unpredictable times, as we slowly move towards some sort of (new) normal again. Just as when you emerge from a sickness, you usually feel great and grateful for a few days, as you can feel the contrast to being sick and/or stuck in physical isolation very starkly. Oftentimes that sense of appreciation and thankfulness wears off quickly however. Let’s endeavour to remain grateful and not to take things for granted.
I heard an anecdote about a child who went through a big earthquake in New Zealand many years ago. The family started to take care of lots of affected people at their home and a sense of community and shared humanity emerged, which was not present before. While witnessing the outpouring of kindness and care, as a response to the tragedy, the child asked: “Why don’t we live like this every day?”
Yes, why don’t we? Now is a good time to re-evaluate what is really important in our lives and in what world we would like to live in together. I hope what you are envisaging is a kind and caring world.
You are invited to join Bhantes Bodhidhaja and Cunda for another online we-retreat via the platform Zoom from 22 to 24 May 2020. We will be re-visiting Right Inclination (Samma Vayama). Some of the teaching material was already presented during the Online Relax & Grow WE-Retreat 2020-1 in March (if you attended that), but we will be looking at it from some new angles and building on it.
Talks about Meditation & how to establish/grow Wholesome and avoid/overcome Unwholesome Habits, Guided Meditations, Personal Practice, Q&A and Group Interviews.
You can find the proposed timetable here (https://drive.google.com/open?id=1ursgGJGGSLslZJiKYEQ0xtDmYym9XDxj).
Timings: Friday 22 May 2020 8 pm to Sunday 24 May 4 pm (Perth-Time, GMT+8)
Venue: Online via Zoom
Some information about Zoom and on how it will work
If you are not familiar with Zoom Meetings (https://youtu.be/VnyitUU4DUY), which is a fairly easy platform to use, especially as a participant, we will offer guidance and a test run before the retreat starts.
Please do not sign up, if you can’t attend most of the online input session meetings, as you will be depriving others of a chance to benefit from this offer. The meditations in the digital meditation hall are optional, but they will help with motivation and accountability. You can sit by yourself, if you prefer that. The group interviews are also voluntary and they will be limited to about 20 devices, to keep them more personal. A Q&A session for all participants will be conducted on Saturday evening. You will receive an email and if you have a question, you will be able to reply to that message to send it through to us.
If you live in one household or a flat together, please join as a group on one device (if your situation permits that and if it does not put you at risk of getting infected or infecting others). This will allow more people to join, if there is enough interest.
Computers and tablets are more suited for this than mobile phones, as we will be presenting (screen sharing) some slides and videos, which display better on larger screens. Who knows, some of you might even be able to stream it to your plasma TV screens or project it onto a large screen (if you are so inclined and also tech savvy).
We will offer further guidance to participants, who are not familiar with Zoom in the week leading up to the retreat. You will be able to join test meetings (on Tuesday and Thursday evening) to see how it all works and we will send you instruction videos on how to join a Zoom meeting on your computer or tablet, once you have registered.
Right Inclination (Samma Vayama)
This offer is free of charge, however if you wish to donate to the BSWA after the event, feel free to do so on our homepage here (https://bswa.org/support-us/donate/donating-to-the-bswa/).