“Why We Suffer & How We Get Free”

Organised by Anukampa Bhikkhuni Project for supporters and students in the UK and Europe, in support of establishing a nun’s (bhikkhuni) monastery in England. 

Everything is conditioned ~ thus spoke the Buddha!

In this 8-day online retreat we will be looking at two of the Buddha’s famous causal sequences: dependent origination and dependent liberation, with the main focus on the latter. Together they reveal the entire course of the human experience through and beyond this world, to nibbana.

Whilst dependent origination details why and how suffering arises, dependent liberation shows how, by coming in contact with and developing confidence in the Buddha’s teachings, that same suffering can take a completely different direction and lead us step by step towards freedom. Dependent liberation (sometimes called “transcendental dependent origination”) is therefore a supremely uplifting teaching that shows how the Path is to be experienced as a sequence of ever deepening joy and peace, ending in the highest liberation.

How do we get this sequence going? And how do we sustain it to the very end? Through their offering of Dhamma reflections, guided meditations and Q&A sessions, Ajahn Brahmali and Venerable Canda will gently guide us in exploring and implementing the supporting conditions for our greatest happiness. Follow the instructions in their fullness and awakening is guaranteed!

N.B. Full time attendance is necessary for this retreat and will therefore work best for those in the UK and European time zones. Check the retreat schedule against your time zone here.

Tentative Schedule: 8:30 on 16th May ~ 15:00 on 23rd May UK time (BST)

The retreat starts at 8:30 on Sunday 16th May 2021, and finishes at 15:00 on Sunday 23rd May 2021. On the last day, there will be an opportunity to share your experience with other retreatants. The schedule is deliberately designed to be spacious and allow for plenty of personal practice time and rest, so that you can take a break from the screen and find a supportive rhythm and pace. You will be guided as to how best to make use of your personal practice time.

08:30 – 10:00 Dhamma talk, guided meditation and precepts (Ajahn Brahmali)
10:00 – 12:00 Lunch for those on 8 precepts
12:00 – 13:30 Sutta study and Q&A (Ajahn Brahmali)
13:30 – 14.30 Lunch or rest
14:30 – 18:00 Personal practice period
17:15 – 18:00 Optional silent group meditation (subject to volunteer availability)
18:00 – 19:15 Tea or dinner
19:30 – 21:00 Short talk, guided meditation and Q&A (Ven Canda)

Full time attendance – including the personal practice period – is necessary for this retreat, so you can experience the full potential of the practice. As places are limited, if you only want to attend the teacher-led sessions, please watch them via Anukampa Bhikkhuni Project Facebook live, or after we upload them to our YouTube channel.

Full information and registration here.

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