We offer one-day and two-day non-residential retreats. Retreats have usually been held at Goward House, 2495 Arbutus Road, Victoria, BC. At this time we have cancelled all in-person retreats but have scheduled online retreats using Zoom.
Tuere Sala one day Zoom retreat April 17
Registration is open. Register here
Tempel Smith one day Zoom retreat May 16
Registration opens Apr 19
NIBBANA – A one day online retreat with Tuere Sala.
9am – 4pm Saturday 17th of April
Have you ever wondered what is nibbana? Is it something concrete or some elusive concept about the afterlife? Is nibbana, sometimes called awakening, even possible? Is it just about belief or is it real, something to be experienced in the here and now? These questions and more have been swirling around Dhamma practice since the time of the Buddha. Buddha has described nibbana as the cooling of fire, the quenching of thirst, a release, escape. It is pointed to in the Third Noble Truth and is attained by cultivating the Eightfold Path. All of which implies an experience here and now.
During this daylong, we will explore nibbana by looking deeper at the Third Noble Truth. We will look at why it is so important in today’s urban world to
practice towards awakening.
This daylong Zoom meditation retreat is suitable for both beginner and experienced meditators.
Mindfulness of Breathing (Anapanasati)
Sunday 16 May 2021 – 9am – 4pm
Registration opens 19 April 2021.
The Buddha taught mindfulness of breathing (anapanasati) as a central meditation practice to help anyone wishing greater contentment and well being. Beyond the initial benefits of calming stress and cultivating ease, the practice of mindfulness of breathing may continue to develop as deeper self regulation and understanding. Put in the greater context of the Buddha’s path to liberation, self understanding and regulation allow us to transform our habits of suffering.
During this day retreat we will practice coming home to our breath as a refuge. We will also practice the Buddha’s progressive teachings on mindfulness of breathing as a path beyond immediate ease to a way of being free from suffering. This includes using mindfulness of breathing to explore impermanence, the changing nature of pain and pleasure, and how to be fluid in an ever changing world.
Tempel Smith teaches Mindfulness, Insight and Metta meditation with an emphasis on Buddhist psychology and mind-body awareness. He spent a year as a monk in Burma with Sayadaw U Pandita and Pa Auk Sayadaw. Tempel serves on the Spirit Rock Teachers Council, organizes the Dedicated Practitioners Program (DPP) and Living Dharma retreats for Spirit Rock.