Day Retreat with Vidyamala: Mindfulness and Compassion – Exploring the Buddhist Roots

A Day Retreat with Vidyamala, June 13th 2020, 10-4pm -Online 

How do we respond to difficulty and suffering? Whether physical or psychological – how we avoid piling on extra levels of distress and reaction is a central question in all our lives. It’s also a central concern of the Buddha’s teachings. The Buddha also saw the profound value of positive emotion and joy in the spiritual life, and indeed in becoming fully human.

We will explore these questions by drawing inspiration from the Satipatthana and Salatha suttas, two of the traditional roots of Mindfulness. We will also be looking at teachings on compassion and love. The day retreat will consist of body based practice, discussion, small groups and question and answer sessions with Vidyamala. It will run on zoom but we will take frequent screen breaks.

Vidyamala is no stranger to the clarity of the Buddha’s approach to working with suffering and opening awareness to include wonder and joy. As a young woman in New Zealand, she sustained spinal injuries that required multiple surgeries and left her with partial paraplegia and severe chronic pain.

Vidyamala began to explore mindfulness and meditation in her twenties to manage her pain and found them profoundly life-changing and transformative. She moved to Taraloka in 1987 and was ordained in 1995. In 1997 she suffered from a spinal collapse and realised she needed to work in a different way.

She used her suffering as a basis for insight and compassion to reach out to others. In 2000 started running mindfulness-based ‘Peace of Mind’ courses with a Millennium Award. In 2004 she changed the name to Breathworks and co-founded a Social Enterprise with Sona and Ratnaguna. Breathworks offers courses to help people manage their pain and stress skilfully. Vidyamala has written three books: ‘Living Well with Pain and Illness’, ‘Mindfulness for Health’ (co-authored with Danny Penman), and ‘Mindfulness for Women’ (co-authored with Clair Irvin). Now living in Ledbury, she is a friend and Kalyana Mitra to many and has ordained 4 women.

Cost: £50 fully waged, £35 mid waged, £20 unwaged.

NB: This is an online event and you will be sent the Zoom access code a few days before the event date.

The Cardiff Buddhist Centre has a policy of widening access so if these costs are a problem for you, please get in touch.

Vidyamala Burch is the co-founder of the well-respected Breathworks organisation. She has taught meditation for over two decades as a member of the Triratna Buddhist Community.

Further information about her can be accessed Here

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