The Brahma Viharas
A Five-Day Silent Retreat led by Christina Feldman, John Peacock & Antonia Sumbundu. September 25 – September 30, 2021 at Gomde Retreat Center, Denmark
The four Brahma Viharas - sublime ways of dwelling in the world - are the centre of all practice and without them the practice can become simply cold and somewhat clinical, with an overemphasis on technique. The Brahma Viharas of friendliness, compassion, appreciative joy and equanimity are the very heart and soul of the practice, in both a literal and metaphorical sense, infusing our ways of practice and being with the sublime warmth, kindness, appreciation and tranquillity. The Buddha spoke about these qualities as being pathways to both insight and liberation essential to the process of 'waking up.' In this retreat we will focus on the development of these qualities via meditation practice sessions, dharma talks and group interviews.
This retreat is a rare opportunity to receive in-depth teachings and practice guidance from two highly experienced meditation teachers. It is an invitation to extend and deepen one’s personal experience of mindfulness and the qualities of friendliness, compassion, appreciative joy and equanimity via intensive practice within a supportive and harmonious environment of noble silence. Each day will offer a sustained schedule of formal meditation sessions, meetings with the teachers, talks and instructions, all within an underlying environment of silence.
The retreat is open to all with a serious interested in exploring practices that can cultivate and nourish the qualities of friendliness, compassion, appreciative joy and equanimity. It is not a clinical skills workshop, but it is highly recommended and relevant for professionals teaching or training in mindfulness-based applications.
CHRISTINA FELDMAN is a co-founder of Gaia House and a guiding teacher at Insight Meditation Society, Barre, Massachusetts. The author of a number of books, she has been teaching insight meditation retreats internationally since 1976. She is one of the teaching faculty of the CPP programme, dedicated to the study and application of the early teachings of the Buddha and is engaged in teaching the Buddhist psychological foundations of mindfulness to those training to teach mindfulness-based applications in England, Belgium and the Netherlands. Her most recent book Mindfulness: Ancient Wisdom Meets Modern Psychology, written with Willem Kuyken, was published in the summer of 2019.
JOHN PEACOCK is both an academic and a Buddhist practitioner of nearly fifty years. Trained initially in the Tibetan Gelugpa tradition in India, he subsequently spent time in Sri Lanka studying Theravada. After doing a doctorate in philosophy, he taught Buddhist and Western philosophy and then Buddhist Studies at the University of Bristol. He went on to be Associate Director of the Oxford Mindfulness Centre, co-direct the Master of Studies programme in MBCT (Mindfulness-based Cognitive Therapy) at Oxford University, and teach Buddhist psychology on the same course. John is now retired from academia and continues to teach meditation, as he has done for more than thirty-five years.
ANTONIA SUMBUNDU has been practicing meditation for more than 30 years and has had the good fortune to practice and study with a number of great teachers. She is an instructor for the Tergar Meditation Community where she is leading retreats and supporting practice groups internationally. Originally trained as clinical psychologist, Antonia has had a long term interest in clinical applications of meditation. She has been teaching and lecturing on MBCT internationally for many years. In 2010, she was awarded a Master of Studies in MBCT by the University of Oxford, and she is an Associate Trainer and Supervisor for the Oxford Mindfulness Center.
Rangjung Yeshe Gomde, Smedehalden 3, Esby, 8420 Knebel, Denmark
The retreat begins Saturday, September 25th in the afternoon and ends Thursday 30th at lunch.
The teachings are offered by the teachers out of generosity. Generosity is one of the foundations on which the continuity of the Buddha's teachings has depended down the centuries and by voluntary supporting the teachers we can help secure the availability of the teachings, enjoy the act of generosity and show our appreciation for what we have received. By the end of the retreat participants are invited to offer the teachers a donation.
Meals (organic & vegetarian) are included in the rates below.
Bed in a single room: DKK 5.500
Bed in a double room: DKK 4.500
Dormitory, camping, or no accommodation: DKK 3.600
Deadline for registration is September 12th, 2021.