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Emptiness and Joy (Part 2) with Mark Ovland

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Steiner Academy Frome

3 Park Road

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The Buddhist teachings of emptiness can sound scary, bleak, or just a long way off. On this retreat we'll explode those myths and see instead how exploring emptiness at any stage of our path can bring not only the deepest freedoms but the most profound sense of joy.

This retreat stands alone and it is not necessary to have attended Part 1.

As well as periods of sitting and walking meditation there will be reflections on the teachings and an opportunity for Q&A. The day will be held in silence.

Mark has been committed to spiritual practice since an experience in his mid-twenties opened his being to a wholly different sense of reality. In the years between then and now he has given himself to study and service, living first as a monk of the Ramakrishna Order then later as a coordinator at both the Barn Retreat and Gaia House. Mark is a founding trustee of Freely Given Retreats and a co-initiator of the Dharma Action Network for Climate Engagement (DANCE). He has been a student of Rob Burbea since 2010.

What to expect

Each one-day retreat will be a day of sustained meditation, supported by an atmosphere of silence. All the retreats are suitable for beginners as well as those with experience of meditation practice. The retreat is led by a teacher, and the structure of the day can vary. Typically the day includes periods of sitting and walking meditation, a dharma talk, and guidance on meditation provided by the teacher. Opportunities are provided to ask questions.

Below is a typical schedule for the day, we ask participants to stay for the whole day:

9.30 Arrival

10.00 Introduction

10.30 Sitting

11.00 Walking

11.30 Sitting

12.00 Walking

12.30 Lunch

13.30 Sitting

14.00 Walking

14.30 Dharma talk, Q&A

15.30 Walking

16.00 Closing session

What to bring

Cushions: Please bring anything you will need to be comfortable sitting, meditation cushions, pillows, a mat to sit on, a blanket etc. There are chairs available if you would like to sit on a chair.

Lunch: We also ask you to bring a vegetarian dish to contribute to a shared lunch, which is held together and in silence. Cutlery and plates are available at the venue.

Mug: It would be really helpful if you could bring your own mug as that is one thing the venue is short of.

Dana: Dana translates as generosity, in this spirit the teachers offer these teachings for free. As students we are also given the opportunity to practice generosity by offering financial contributions to the teachers. The livelihood of most teachers depends wholly, or to a large extent, on the generosity and voluntary contributions from retreatants who value their guidance and wish to support the ongoing teachings of the Dharma. There will be a chance for you to donate to the teacher at the end of the day. Please bring money for this. There are no guidelines to what you should donate.

Where to find us:

Frome Steiner Academy, Park Road, Frome, Somerset, BA11 1EU.

There will be signs pointing you in the right direction once you arrive.

Who can come?

All the retreats are suitable for beginners as well as those with experience of meditation practice. We warmly welcome people of every age, ethnicity, cultural heritage and religious background, socio-economic group, ability, sexual orientation and gender identity to join us.


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