Wed, 20 Dec|
Rivendell Retreat Centre
The Higher Hedonism; Midwinter Meditation Intensive Retreat
Join us for a week of intensive meditation, and walk the path of the higher hedonism. This retreat is particularly suitable for those who struggle to find pleasure and enjoyment in meditation! Set in the beautiful Rivendell Retreat Centre with Viryadeva.
Time & Location
20 Dec, 18:00 – 27 Dec, 10:30
Rivendell Retreat Centre, Chillies Ln, High Hurstwood, Uckfield TN22 4AB, UK
The Higher Hedonism: Midwinter Meditation Intensive
20th December, 6pm to 27th December, 10:30am
With Viryadeva and Team
Buddhism is often presented as a teaching about suffering. But right at the heart of the Buddhist path is a very different kind of message: a message about the vital importance of pleasure. The Buddha taught that if we want to live free from craving, distraction and sticky attachment, we need to develop a wellspring of pleasure, happiness and bliss within ourselves. Again and again, he emphasised the importance of learning to dwell in the dhyanas, otherworldly states of peace, rapture and beauty. The Buddha's insistence on bliss points towards the possibility of a higher hedonism.
Through meditation, we can leave behind unfulfilling pleasures in favour of ever more refined forms of happiness. Eventually, we can develop the confidence and clarity to move beyond craving altogether, into the Great Bliss of awakening. At a time of year when it's especially easy to get lost in meaningless pleasure, join us for a week of intensive meditation, and walk the path of the higher hedonism.
This retreat is particularly suitable for those who struggle to find pleasure and enjoyment in meditation! Suitable for those who have been meditating for at least six months. We will be meditating for 5-6 hours daily, with a few days in complete silence.
Start and finish times are a guide and exact times will be communicated nearer the time.
These retreats fill up very quickly, so do book early to avoid disappointment.