This 3-night silent Open the Heart and Still the Mind retreat explores the cultivation of compassion, drawing on the wisdom of Buddhist psychology and the inspiration provided by the bodhisattva of compassion, Kuan Yin (Avalokitesvara in Sanskrit), who Contemplates the Sounds of the World at Ease.
“Ultimately, Kuan Yin isn’t Mahayana, Theravada, or even Buddhist. Kuan Yin is neither male nor female. The true spirit of Kuan Yin can manifest in any form needed to awaken….In essence Kuan Yin is a metaphor for the deepest heartbeat of the universe: a heart that is empty and yet filled with listening.” Kittisaro in Listening to the Heart : A Contemplative Journey to Engaged Buddhism by Kittisaro and Thanissara, pp. 129-130, North Atlantic Books, 2014.
In a contained and nurturing atmosphere of Noble Silence, we will explore ways to awaken compassion towards ourselves and others. Much of our suffering emerges from our self-critical and judgmental relationship with ourselves. It is only when we learn to embrace ourselves with kindness and compassion, that healing can occur. The discovery that we can internalise this figure of the archetypal good mother is both comforting and empowering.
This retreat includes guided sitting and walking meditations, short individual sessions with Sue and daily sessions of Qigong (Chi Kung) movement meditation to enhance the integration of body, heart and mind. There will also be time for restorative rest and silent walks in the beautiful surroundings. Delicious vegetarian food will be savoured in silence.
CPD accreditation for health, mental health and allied health professionals:
3 nights: 22 points (16 general and 6 ethics CEUs)