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NB Kirsten will now be leading this day remotely. We will be gathering as planned at St. Margaret’s Institute and she will be joining on the big screen. You are welcome to come along in person, or join online.

According to the Pali suttas the “talk on giving” (dana katha), emphasising the value of generosity, were  the first teachings offered  by the Buddha in his “graduated exposition” of the Dhamma. Only after acknowledging and appreciating this virtue, would other aspects of the teachings be introduced.

Exploring and nourishing  the heart’s capacity for generosity can be seen as a way of being that opens and heals the heart, freeing it from fear and contraction.
Generosity, as an aspect of freedom and awakening, will support our capacity for kindness, care, compassion and joy. It can transform the very way we perceive the world.

During our time together we  will explore the heart-mind’s capacity for generous presence and engagement.  There will be periods of sitting and walking meditation, meditation suggestions, guided practices and  reflections.

We are very happy to welcome Kirsten Kratz to lead this one day retreat for Oxford Insight Meditation. The day will include periods of sitting and walking meditation, meditation instructions, dharma reflections and some time for questions. There will be a lunch break of about 1 hour. The day will mainly be in silence. The retreat is suitable for beginners as well as those with experience of meditation practice. We ask that you commit to staying for the full day.

Kirsten Kratz has practised Buddhist meditation in Asia and the West since 1993. She started teaching in 2006 and since 2015 she has been ‘teacher in residence’ supporting those on personal retreat at Gaia House. Her love and understanding of Dharma has been strongly influenced by, among others, the teachings of her friend and teacher colleague, Rob Burbea. One of her particular passions is exploring how wisdom teachings can foster appropriate responses to the challenges of our time, and Kirsten sees her involvement in activism as an important expression of her practice. Kirsten is co-initiator of the “Dharma Action Network for Climate Engagement” (DANCE) and supporting teacher of Freely Given Retreats. Kirsten is also a member of the Gaia House Teacher Council.

Dana: in the spirit of generosity, our teachers offer their teaching freely. We invite you to make a ‘dana‘ donation to support Kirsten in continuing to offer the teachings in this way. There will be an opportunity to offer dana on the day. You can also make donations to Kirsten via her Paypal or via the Gaia House website – then click on the teachers tab and make a note on the checkout page that the donation is for Kirsten Kratz.

Please note we are unable to process donations for our teachers through Eventbrite.

Booking fee: The fee for online participation is £5/£3 (concessions) and for in person participation £15/£5 (concessions). The fee covers general running costs of the online and in person retreats, including Zoom costs, Eventbrite fees, hall hire and teachers’ travel and accommodation expenses. Our teachers receive no payment from the booking fee; instead you will be invited to offer a donation to our teachers in the ancient tradition of dana.

Concessions: We invite you to pay the full rate if you are reasonably able to do so, as this supports the continuation of our retreats. We also offer concessionary rate tickets to those who are unemployed, full-time students, on a low income, or are otherwise finding it difficult to meet the full cost. If you are unable to afford our concessionary rate for any reason, please contact us on oxfordinsightmeditation@gmail.com, as we’d like to ensure that these days are accessible to everyone.

For more information, and to book, please see the Eventbrite page.

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