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The Buddha encouraged us to ask ourselves the question, ‘What, when I do it, will lead to my long-term well-being and happiness?’ Clearly, in these teachings, happiness is something we can cultivate. This inquiry draws our attention to the effects of our actions (kamma). Hopefully this feels empowering, in the same way that the teachings do not stop at the assertion ‘There is suffering’, but investigate how it comes about. By identifying the conditions for suffering, we can ease the arising of it. When we better understand the nature of cause and effect we can ease, open, or delight this body-heart-mind, we can expand how reality is perceived, and we can release a profound liberation that eventually leads beyond cause and effect.

We are very happy to welcome Nathan Glyde 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.

Nathan Glyde has been practicing and studying meditation since 1997, and sharing teachings on retreats since 2007. In 2004 he co-founded SanghaSeva whose retreats emphasise wisdom and compassion in ecological and humanitarian service. He is a member of the Gaia House teacher council.

Hear talks by Nathan on dharmaseed

Dana: In the spirit of generosity, our teachers offer their teaching freely. We invite you to make a ‘dana‘ donation to support Nathan in continuing to offer the teachings in this way. There will be an opportunity to offer dana on the day if you are participating in person. You can also make donations to Nathan at https://www.dependentorigination.org/support/

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 + accommodation expenses. Our teachers receive no payment from the booking fee, instead you will be invited to offer a donation to the teacher 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, for any reason, you are unable to afford our concessionary rate, please contact us on our email address, as we want to ensure that these days are accessible to everyone.

See the Eventbrite page for more details, and to book.

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