SNOWDONIA Summer Retreats

  1. We all come to this practice because we don't feel satisfied or fulfilled with life as it is, so us practitioners are inevitably draw to the experiences of dukkha and see them as the cause of our malaise. This is what is seen to need to change if we are to achieve our desire for fulfillment. The problem with this is that we can so easily focus almost exclusively on this negative side of ourselves to the exclusion of the positive side that we all have, and the positive side of this wonderful and mysterious world that we all live in. So to change we need to turn ourselves not exclusively to the negative but also to the positive, and include life itself, to create an antidote that will help disempower and counterbalance dukkha so allowing it to fade and fall away.

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  2. On this the final day of the ninth Snowdonia retreat at Trigonos we continue with a richly diverse question and answer session started the day before covering the extensive teachings of the DharmaMind group. These teachings embrace every aspect of training from the basic understanding of meditation to the direct discovery of your true nature. These teachings point to what is needed to grow into and embrace with a wholehearted spirit the commitment needed to break free of the conditioned nature that diminish human potential, and discover that part of ourselves that is not touched by this conditioning and so return to who we really are - a true warm-hearted human being, mysterious and eternal.

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  3. After 4 talks that focused on the main features of the DharmaMind practice, the students of the group now have the opportunity with this session the opportunity to clarify aspects of the training through the first of 2 question and answer periods - For example: What are the tools we use for developing insight? How do I let go of insight? Are dreams significant on the path?

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  4. Vipaśyanā is a Sanskrit word translated means insight which is the instigator of transformation; and in this fourth talk we go deeply into this important feature of the Buddha's path. For us in our group we don't follow insight formulas but rather have without picking and choosing an open forum to all of our experiences both on and off the meditation cushion. When we come to discover our innate 'blue sky' of stillness we learn to bring the insight tools of investigation characterised by the 'white cloud' to our practice. Here we discover the ancient practice of 'silent illumination' which for us is the pinnacle of our commitment and which when cultivated can take us like an arrow to complete liberation.

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  5. This talk starts with the first steps of the insight path, and the features of the 'white cloud' that we often refer to in our practice. This talk explains that the insight path isn't something narrow that can only be pursued with defined insight methods and tools, Developing familiarity with insight can begin in the most unstructured way in any circumstances. From this growing familiarity you can then take yourself into the deeper and more refined practice that will eat away at the root of your ignorance.

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SNOWDONIA Summer Retreats

DharmaMind Plus

TRIGONOS CENTRE, North Wales, July 21st / 28th

A series of talks given during a 7 day meditation retreat that covers the spectrum of dharma training based on the ancient Chan practice of Silent Illumination.

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