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Diamonds and Thunderbolts: Finding Inner Treasure and Energy - New Year Urban Retreat
Diamonds and Thunderbolts: Finding Inner Treasure and Energy - New Year Urban Retreat

Sat, 28 Dec

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Croydon Buddhist Centre

Diamonds and Thunderbolts: Finding Inner Treasure and Energy - New Year Urban Retreat

As one year turns into the next, join us for meditation, rituals, and discussions designed to help us see our life afresh. Suitable for complete newcomers and for those who already practice Buddhism and meditation.

Time & Location

28 Dec 2024, 18:00 – 01 Jan 2025, 12:00

Croydon Buddhist Centre, 98 High St, Croydon CR0 1ND, UK

Details

Diamonds and Thunderbolts: Finding Inner Treasure and Energy - New Year Urban Retreat

6pm Saturday 28th December to 1pm Wednesday 1st January

Led by Vajragupta

Vegan lunch and dinner provided

Suggested donation: £200 / £100 (concession rate)

Open to All levels of experience

Times of transition can be times of opportunity. They offer a chance to change perspective, to see through our habitual ways of seeing (and distorting) the world, to learn who we really are. As one year turns into the next, join us for a three-and-a-half day retreat designed to help us see our life afresh. Suitable for complete newcomers and for those who already practice Buddhism and meditation.

What is this retreat about?

Maybe we want to grow and fulfil our potential. But change isn't always easy. Part of what can hold us back is our self view; we don't believe we really can change; we think that, deep down, we are basically made the way we are, a bit stuck and useless. Or we're perfectionist about change, and beat ourselves up when we don't get it 100% right.

Buddhism has very radical ideas about all this. It says that there is nothing about us which is fixed and that can't be changed. Sure, we have conditioning which we can't ignore, and which may go deep. But Buddhism teaches that, even deeper down, our mind is luminous. Anything negative is not inherent to that luminous mind, but added on and covering up its true nature.

On this retreat we'll be searching for that diamond-like luminosity of mind, and the thunderbolt energy that can be released when we find it. We'll be doing this through meditation, magical ritual, guided reflections, and discussion of the Buddhist view of mind.

After a year of activity, take time to turn inwards, find your centre, and deeper truths and values to live by. Previous New Year Urban Retreats at Croydon Buddhist Centre have been special, magical times. There isn't anything better you could be doing to see in the New Year than meditating, engaging with accessible Buddhist teachings, spending time with like-minded people, and reflecting on your own potential!

Retreat structure  

On an urban retreat we spend the days at the Centre and go home for the night. During the day we meditate together in the shrine room, listen to Dharma teachings, share meals and have inspiring discussions. All meals provided, you just need to turn up with an open mind. 

The first evening

Saturday 28th Dec, 6.00pm to 9.00pm - We ask everyone to attend this evening session, as it is important that we lay the grounds together that will hold the rest of the retreat. 

The body of the retreat

Sunday 29th Dec to Tuesday 31st Dec - each day will comprise:

- An optional morning double meditation from 7.30am to 9am. - A day of practice from 10.30am to 4.30pm that we ask everyone to attend. - An evening of practice from 6pm to 9.30pm, which we'd recommend you attend if you can.

New Years Eve and New Year's Day

We'll have a special ritual on New Years Eve, welcoming in 2025 in the best way possible! While you are welcome to go home after the main session, it is a significant event that we recommend you stay for. We will all head home within the first hour of the New Year. 

On 1st January we'll come together for a final session 11.00am to 1.00pm to close the retreat - an important step we urge everyone to attend, even if the pull of the bed is strong. 

Retreat cost

All our classes offering Buddhist teaching are by donation, because we believe that the Buddha's teachings should be freely given. We recommend a donation of £200 / £100 (concession rate) for this retreat, but we welcome you however much you can afford to give.

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