Patience and forgiveness are two powerful spiritual qualities praised by the Buddha. They are indispensable to having healthy relationships with ourselves and with others, and also function as beautiful antidotes to wanting and aversion – the main hindrances to happiness in meditation and in everyday life.
Patience does not mean waiting for a better, more pleasant experience to arrive in the future, but is rather a wholehearted, radical acceptance of the present moment with all it’s imperfections. When we are searching for our happiness in the future, or carrying the pain of the past, we are separated from the beauty, freedom and joy available here and now.
This retreat explores how we can develop patience and forgiveness, to gently release longing and resentment and arrive more fully where we are. As we learn to wait in the moment, with a kind, gentle and forgiving attitude, the mind settles and starts moving inward – against the current of craving – to where contentment, peace and deep insight lie.
The day includes Dhamma reflections, guided and walking meditation.
These teachings are freely offered so as to be accessible to all. Any donation you feel moved to offer will enable us to continue spreading the priceless Dhamma and will also contribute towards the development of the first Theravada Bhikkhuni Monastery in the UK, where women will be able to train towards full ordination, and people of every background, race, sexual orientation and gender will be warmly welcomed to visit or reside as guests.
Ajahn Brahm is the Spiritual Adviser of Anukampa Bhikkhuni Project: https://anukampaproject.org/ and https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCNIW229Hx4MOF_ahakA67EA/featured
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