Glimpses of the Diamond Sutra (a Non residential retreat)
Friday 18 November – Sunday 20 November at Wellington Buddhist Centre
On Friday evening and then for half a day Saturday and Sunday we will meditate and explore the Diamond Sutra together.
The Diamond Sūtra is one of the most influential Mahāyāna scriptures in East Asia and is chanted daily throughout the Buddhist world. In Sangharakshita’s book, Wisdom Beyond Words, he says that “The sutra is going to be confusing, irritating, annoying, unsatisfying” but over the weekend we will explore into a few areas of the work and see how it can inspire our practice.
Some meditation experience would be good, but it is not essential.
|Friday 7.00 pm||Introductions, reading and dedication ceremony|
|8.00 pm||Retreat introduction and meditation|
|9.00 pm||Close for the day|
|Saturday 9.00 am||Meditation|
|10.15 am||Study session #1|
|11.30 am||Study session #2|
|1.00 pm||Close for the day|
|Sunday 9.00 am||Meditation|
|10.30 am||Study session #3|
|11.30 am||Study session #4|
|12.15 pm||Meditation and closing|
Tea breaks and morning teas not shown
Frequently Asked Questions
Whats "Non residential" mean
On non residential retreats we don't stay over night but come in to the centre in the mornings and return home in the afternoon. They are less disruptive to your routine and means those weekend chores can still be done.
They also offer the advantage of integrating more meditation and study into our normal lives.
Do I need to be a Buddhist?
The retreat is suitable for everyone, regardless of your religious beliefs, and makes an excellent first retreat for people who have recently started being involved with meditation and Buddhism.
What is your cancellation policy?
It is WBC policy that we will not profit or make a loss from cancellations. If you no longer wish to attend the retreat your deposit will be refunded less transaction charges unless the retreat is full and there isn't anyone to take your place, in which case the deposit will be non-refundable.
I can't come anymore. What is your cancellation policy?
If you need to cancel, please discuss with us. The WBC will not make a loss or a profit due to a person withdrawing. Refunds will made less WBC’s direct costs.
What about food?
We will be providing tea and coffee and two light morning teas. All food will be vegan.
Do I have to be on the whole retreat?
Normally, yes, as people only doing part of the retreat can cause disruption. But please talk to the organiser if you would like to come but can't make every session.
Why do you need to know about health problems I have?
We need to discuss any health issues to ensure you have a safe and enjoyable retreat. This is so we can identify your particular needs and do our best to meet them.
It does not mean you will be excluded from the retreat. One of our order members (who is a trained nurse) will contact you to discuss the problems. All information will be kept confidential and destroyed after the retreat.
What is pūjā?
A pūjā is a traditional Buddhist ritual that engages our emotions and imaginations through the use of colour, beauty and celebration.
To feel fully and vibrantly alive, we need to be engaged with all the different aspects and levels of our being.
Can I bring pets?
Please discuss this with us prior to booking.
How To Get Here
Wellington Buddhist Centre
Driving by Car
There is parking in the car park at the end of Broomhedge St. Use the “Connect” carparks
The Nos. 1, 23e, 23z, 29 and 29e buses stop at the entrance to Broomhedge Street. The No. 3 stops outside the Countdown supermarket, 6 minutes walk away.