The Mystery of Being Human – A One Day Retreat with Kirsten Kratz, 24th February 2018

The Mystery of Being Human

A One Day Insight Meditation Retreat in Cambridge with

Kirsten Kratz

Saturday, February 24th 2018

Friends Meeting House, 12 Jesus Lane, Cambridge, CB5 8BA

(by kind permission of the Society of Friends)

Registration: 9.30 am Start: 10.00 am Finish: 5.00 pm

Cost: £12, or £15 for Supporters. (+ teacher Dana*)

[Concessions (students, unwaged, retired) £7]

To book in advance, please go to our eventbrite booking page. More details at https://cambridgedayretreats.wordpress.com/about/booking-and-payment/

* The registration fee only covers running costs and travelling expenses. Teachers rely on the financial generosity of retreatants for their living; there will be an opportunity to offer contributions (dana) on the day.

Practice invites us to be present to our whole being, with its inner landscapes of interplaying sensations, emotions, and movements of mind. In meditation we discover that the beautiful and nourishing qualities of care, compassion, joy, and wisdom are found and known in the body. It is intimacy with this body/mind/heart that allows us to experience them deeply. During our day together we will explore what it might mean to abide wholeheartedly in the beauty and challenges of our experience, to realize our connection with all things, and to know a more embodied life that can trust the potential and mystery of being human.

Kirsten Kratz has practised Buddhist meditation in Asia and the West since 1993. In 2006 she started to teach and since 2008 teaches in Gaia House where she also supports those on personal retreat. One of her particular passions is exploring how wisdom teachings can foster appropriate responses to the challenges of our time; she is co-initiator of the Dharma Action Network for Climate Engagement (DANCE).

Please bring your own cushion or stool and mat, if desired, (there are plenty of chairs), and a packed lunch (tea and coffee will be provided). If coming by car, Park and Ride is a way to avoid difficult and expensive parking in Cambridge.

Day retreats offer a chance to practise meditation and mindfulness in a supportive environment. They include alternate periods of sitting and walking meditation, and the teacher provides guidance through meditation instruction, a Dharma (teaching) talk, and a question and answer session. Beginners are offered additional instruction and assistance. For experienced meditators the day is an opportunity to refresh and deepen practice. The retreats are normally held in silence.

We have a poster – please download it and print it off.

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Audio from Laura Bridgman day retreat 2017

Here is the recording from a day retreat led by Laura Bridgman in June 2017 in Cambridge. The theme of the day retreat was “Discovering the Heart’s Guidance – Going beyond the Inner Critic”. You can listen below or go here to download all the mp3 files.

Dhamma Talk:

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Discovering the Heart’s Guidance – A One Day Retreat with Laura Bridgman, 16th September 2017

Discovering the Heart’s Guidance – Going beyond the Inner Critic

A One Day Insight Meditation Retreat in Cambridge with

Laura Bridgman

Saturday, September 16th 2017

Friends Meeting House, 12 Jesus Lane, Cambridge, CB5 8BA

(by kind permission of the Society of Friends)

Registration: 9.30 am Start: 10.00 am Finish: 5.00 pm

Cost: £10 in advance*, £12 on the day (+ teacher Dana**)

[Concessions (students, unwaged, retired) £7]

* To book in advance, please email cambridgeinsight@gmail.com for details of the bank account to pay money into. More details at https://cambridgedayretreats.wordpress.com/about/booking-and-payment/

** The registration fee only covers running costs and travelling expenses. Teachers rely on the financial generosity of retreatants for their living; there will be an opportunity to offer contributions (dana) on the day.

The inner critic or “critical inner voice” is a concept used in popular psychology to refer to a sub-personality that is judgemental and demeaning. It is usually experienced as an inner voice attacking us, saying that we are bad, wrong, inadequate, worthless and guilty, producing feelings of shame, deficiency, and doubt.

It is a major obstacle to the path because it doesn’t allow us to simply be as we are; according to it’s narrative we always ‘should’ be another way, so we cannot be present to our body and mind and allow what is here in our field of awareness. The rigidity and judgement of the inner critic also makes it difficult for us to go deeply into ourselves.

In this day retreat, we will be inquiring into the nature of this aspect of our conditioning through meditation, and contemplation to know how the inner critic arises, what feeds this particular demon, and see beyond this critical voice to access a deeper, wiser guiding quality within our hearts.

Laura Bridgman ordained as a nun with Ajahn Sumedho in 1995, and was resident at Amaravati and Chithurst monasteries for eighteen years until she moved out to live as a solitary nun in 2010. Over the past ten years she has spent extended periods of time with the Burmese teacher Sayadaw U Tejaniya. In 2015 Laura left the monastic tradition to pursue the Diamond Heart (Ridhwan) spiritual path alongside her Vipassana practice. There is much overlap as it incorporates Buddhist principles and practices.  You may have known her as Sister Kovida while she was ordained.

Please bring your own cushion or stool and mat, if desired, (there are plenty of chairs), and a packed lunch (tea and coffee will be provided). If coming by car, Park and Ride is a way to avoid difficult and expensive parking in Cambridge.

Day retreats offer a chance to practise meditation and mindfulness in a supportive environment. They include alternate periods of sitting and walking meditation, and the teacher provides guidance through meditation instruction, a Dharma (teaching) talk, and a question and answer session. Beginners are offered additional instruction and assistance. For experienced meditators the day is an opportunity to refresh and deepen practice. The retreats are normally held in silence.

Here is a poster for the day retreat – please print it out and put it up if you can.

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Audio from Martine Batchelor day retreat 2017

Here are the recordings from a day retreat led by Martine Batchelor in June 2017 in Cambridge. The theme of the day retreat was “Effortless Effort”. You can listen below or go here to download all the mp3 files.

Introduction:

Dhamma Talk:

Morning Questions and Answers:

Afternoon Questions and Answers:

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Audio from Bhante Bodhidhamma day retreat 2017

Here are the recordings from an evening talk and day retreat led by Bhante Bodhidhamma in May 2017 in Cambridge. You can listen below or go here to download all the mp3 files.

Part 1:

Part 2:

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The Art of Solitude – A One Day Retreat with Stephen Batchelor, 8th July 2017

The Art of Solitude

A One Day Insight Meditation Retreat in Cambridge with

Stephen Batchelor

Saturday, July 8th 2017

Friends Meeting House, 12 Jesus Lane, Cambridge, CB5 8BA

(by kind permission of the Society of Friends)

Registration: 9.30 am Start: 10.00 am Finish: 5.00 pm

Cost: £10 in advance*, £12 on the day (+ teacher Dana**)

[Concessions (students, unwaged, retired) £7]

* To book in advance, please email cambridgeinsight@gmail.com for details of the bank account to pay money into. More details at https://cambridgedayretreats.wordpress.com/about/booking-and-payment/

** The registration fee only covers running costs and travelling expenses. Teachers rely on the financial generosity of retreatants for their living; there will be an opportunity to offer contributions (dana) on the day.

Stephen Batchelor studied for eight years under the guidance of Tibetan lamas and completed a three-year Zen training in Korea. A former Buddhist monk, he is the author of Alone with Others, The Faith to Doubt, The Awakening of the West, Buddhism without Beliefs and Verses from the Centre: a Buddhist Vision of the Sublime. He is a Gaia House guiding teacher and co-founder of Sharpham College. He teaches worldwide and lives in South West France. Stephen’s Confession of a Buddhist Atheist is an account of his journey through Buddhism.

Please bring your own cushion or stool and mat, if desired, (there are plenty of chairs), and a packed lunch (tea and coffee will be provided). If coming by car, Park and Ride is a way to avoid difficult and expensive parking in Cambridge.

Day retreats offer a chance to practise meditation and mindfulness in a supportive environment. They include alternate periods of sitting and walking meditation, and the teacher provides guidance through meditation instruction, a Dharma (teaching) talk, and a question and answer session. Beginners are offered additional instruction and assistance. For experienced meditators the day is an opportunity to refresh and deepen practice. The retreats are normally held in silence.

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A One Day Retreat with Martine Batchelor, 17th June 2017

Meditation in daily life: Effortless Effort

A One Day Insight Meditation Retreat in Cambridge with

Martine Batchelor

Saturday, 17th June 2017

Friends Meeting House, 12 Jesus Lane, Cambridge, CB5 8BA

(by kind permission of the Society of Friends)

During this daylong we will explore appropriate and beneficial effort when meditating and trying to be mindful.  We will try to find a balance between trying too hard or too little.  In this way we will endeavor to cultivate calm and clarity equally for our own well-being and the well-being of others

Registration: 9.30 am Start: 10.00 am Finish: 5.00 pm

Cost: £10 in advance*, £12 on the day (+ teacher Dana**)

[Concessions (students, unwaged, retired) £7]

* To book in advance, please email cambridgeinsight@gmail.com for details of the bank account to pay money into.  More details at https://cambridgedayretreats.wordpress.com/about/booking-and-payment/

** The registration fee only covers running costs and travelling expenses. Teachers rely on the financial generosity of retreatants for their living; there will be an opportunity to offer contributions (dana) on the day.

Martine Batchelor was a Zen nun in Korea for ten years. She is a guiding teacher at Gaia House and teaches meditation worldwide. Her books include: Meditation for Life, Principles of Zen, The Spirit of the Buddha, and, Let go: A Buddhist Guide to Breaking Free of Habits.

Please bring your own cushion or stool and mat, if desired, (there are plenty of chairs), and a packed lunch (tea and coffee will be provided). If coming by car, Park and Ride is a way to avoid difficult and expensive parking in Cambridge.

Day retreats offer a chance to practise meditation and mindfulness in a supportive environment. They include alternate periods of sitting and walking meditation, and the teacher provides guidance through meditation instruction, a Dharma (teaching) talk, and a question and answer session. Beginners are offered additional instruction and assistance. For experienced meditators the day is an opportunity to refresh and deepen practice. The retreats are normally held in silence.

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