‘Mahamudra’ is a Sanskrit name given to the profound path of Natural Awakening-in-action, and for an experiential realisation of the ‘true nature of being’. Although often associated with Tibetan Buddhist teachings, its ancestry goes back to traditions of contemplative science and yoga found in ancient India, which themselves drew inspiration from a diversity of religious sources. Luminous with the recognition of the interdependence of all manifestation, mahamudra teaching utilizes many aspects of dharma exploration including investigations into mind, consciousness and perception while at the same time developing skilful and compassionate ways of participating in the unfolding community of all life. Consciously nurturing this life attitude of clear discerning enquiry and the compassion that flows forth from living the implications of what we discover through this enquiry, is the mark of a mature human being.
During this retreat we will cultivate the arts of loving-kindness, clear-seeing presence and enquiry. We will explore how bodies and minds of myriad species weave together a mystery suffused with nowful intelligence. We will draw on the mindfulness teachings of Buddhism and the wisdom teachings of radical wholeness found in the Avatamsaka Sutra, and mesh them with science, personal healing and social responsibility to find a way of living, that in this age of economic/ecological anxiety and uncertainty, is wondrously inclusive, joyously life affirming and profoundly freeing.
The retreat will involve much sitting and walking practice, group exploration, and body awareness work, punctuated with experimental exercises to cultivate inner and outer clarity, presence and compassion in action.
It begins as a stirring, a breath of wonder, a moment of intuition,
a quiet knowing of rightness
an insight you didn’t know you always knew.
Everything is interdependent with everything.
We sit with the implications.
We collide with the world not seeing this.
And through that painful tragic crashing
A yearning for refuge and a desire to live meaningfully becomes strong.
Details proliferate; generosity, wholesome relating,
patience, skilled use of energy,
a blossoming of caring and enquiry,
an inherent inquisitiveness, precise and playful,
and we discover a new way of life and living.
Dancings of knowings responding to and with dancings of knowings,
Glimmerings of understanding, mind and knowing,
and the interbeing nature of experience.
Dawnings of confidence and capacity
Solid in beingness
Perfumed with loving, wise relating,
A life-long journey of maturing into humanness,
as we release into the mystery,
striding beyond paths and pathways
Seamless, ineffable, spacious and open, this body of dharma,
celebrating the ordinary,
with lightness and wisdom we realize true home.
For further information or to register for the retreat, please contact Duncan