Also see below for details of a talk by Stephen Batchelor the evening before.
Nirvana is Now
A One Day Insight Meditation Retreat in Cambridge with
Saturday, July 5th, 2014
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 firstname.lastname@example.org for a booking form which has all the details required. But bare in mind that you are always welcome to turn up on the day.
** 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.
Clearly Visible but Hard to See
Reflections on Nirvana, the Deathless and the Unconditioned
A talk by Stephen Batchelor
Friday July 4th 2014, at 7-30pm at the Unitarian Church, on the corner of Victoria Street and Emmanuel Road (near Drummer Street Bus Station). Note this is not the same venue as the day retreat.
The talk is organised by the Cambridge Buddhist Society.
September 13th, 2014, Rob Burbea
November 22nd, 2014, Yanai Postelnik