Love, selflesness and the power of intention 27.-29.5.2022

In the beginning metta has beings as its object.

For bodhisattvas who have practiced further on the path, metta has phenomena as its object.

And for bodhisattvas who have attained receptivity to the truth of non-orgination, metta has no object.

- The Aksayamati Sutra

In this Dharma weekend we will dive into the practices of metta and anatta, and glimpse into the depths of emptiness.

 

Metta is the first of the brahmaviharas, and one of the central heart practices of the buddhist tradition. One of its aspects is the aspiration to unconditional good will directed towards all beings, to all phenomena, in all directions.

 

The teaching of anatta invites us to relate to our experience in a way that allows a precious liberation of the heart. The combination of both - the practices of love and the not-self - make an especially beautiful pair. Over the weekend we will explore practices that may bring the blessing of this combination in an organic and natural way. In addition to that - we will also inquire into the importance of clear intention and creativity in one's practice and life, and encourage finding and holding them in a helpful way. 

 

This course is intended for experienced practitioners with some familiarity with ideas of ways of looking, and metta practices. 

 

This weekend exploration will comprise of seven 2.5 hour practice sessions. The session will include meditation practice, teachings and instructions; in some of them there will be relational practices in breakout rooms. You are welcome to come to all the sessions, or just the one’s which you can make or feel interested in.

 

The teachings will be offered as Dana, and you will be invited to offer Dana to support the tradition and continuation of the teachings.   

 

Practice sessions

[please note: all times are UTC/GMT+3]

Friday 27.5.

Session I 18.00 - 20.30 - Gathering our interest and intentions

Saturday 28.5.

Session II  9.00 - 11.30 - Practice, teachings and instructions for the day

Session III  13.30 - 16.00 - Practice, reflections and relational practice

Session IV 18.00 - 20.30 - Teachings, practice and enjoying sangha

Sunday 29.5.

Session II  9.00 - 11.30 - Practice, teachings and instructions for the day

Session III  13.30 - 16.00 - Practice, reflections and relational practice

Session IV 18.00 - 20.30 - Teachings, practice, Dana and ending together

 

To register click here.

Teachers:

Yahel Avigur is a devoted meditator and Dharma teacher. In 2013, After practicing in Theravada and Insight Meditation traditions, he met the Dharma teacher Rob Burbea and became his student. He was encouraged by Rob to teach the path of Emptiness to its depth; his unique approach to the Jhana practice; and to train in teaching Soulmaking Dharma. Yahel is also trained in the Hakomi approach of assisted self study.  

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Juha Penttilä has been practicing meditation since 2002. He has spent extended periods of time on retreats and in monasteries in Asia and Europe and is one of the founding members of Nirodha, the Finnish Insight Meditation practice community. Juha completed his Insight Meditation teacher training in 2020. In addition to exploring meditation, Juha’s teaching is influenced by the current climate crisis and engaged perspectives into the Dharma.

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