Event Dates: July 24, 7pm to July 26, 6pm (EDT)

“When you are free from the concepts of meditator and meditation object and never lose sight of your innate nature, that is the sign that you have met the mother of luminosity”*

Friday: 7-8:30pm EDT (4-5:30pm PDT) on Zoom

Saturday: Two Sessions:

  • Courageous Conversations About Race 12-2 EDT 9-11 PDT)* details forthcoming on thebuddhistcenter.com
  • 3-6pm EDT (12-3pm PDT) on Zoom

Sunday: 3-6pm EDT (12-3pm PDT) on Zoom

On this retreat we’ll focus on two potent symbols from the Vajrayana tradition: the Cremation Ground – a place where we face our fear, our mortality, our demons, and where courage and confidence arise; and the Dakini – the energies arisen and transformed in the cremation ground, wholly devoted and in full-blooded service to the Dharma.

Are you willing to enter the Cremation Ground and be transformed by (and into) the Dakini?

When we envisioned this retreat last year, we couldn’t have imagined the way the events of 2020 have unfolded. This retreat has new significance given the intensity of the context in which it takes place. These symbols are crucial in finding a creative and inspired response to the challenges of these times. For this reason, we are also incorporating a panel discussion of race hosted by Triratna Order Members of color. We can listen to their stories, perspectives, and perhaps how the pain of racial inequalities is for them a cremation ground that gives rise to transformative energies.

The fascinating and deep symbolism that we discover in the Cremation Ground and the Dakini is a wonderful gateway into the deeper currents in our hearts, what we most yearn for. As our practice becomes more embodied through living out the great Wisdom teachings of the Buddhist tradition, we inevitably change and discover new dynamics within our inner worlds, and fresh seeing of the outer world. On this retreat, through a program of meditation, visualisation, engaging discussion, and meaningful ritual, you will encounter new experiences of emotional energy, meditative consciousness, and insight. You will be invited to create your own cremation ground and to wholeheartedly step into it. You will emerge transformed, with more creative ways of expressing your energy for a world so much in need of awakened actions.

If you’d prefer not to book through Eventbrite you may email info@aryaloka.org to make other arrangements. You’ll receive a Zoom link a few days before the retreat, as well as info on how to access the discussion on race.

Cost: By Donation, $25-$250 Suggested

Led By: Dh Ananta, Dh Suddhayu and Dh Vimalasara

Bios –

Dh Ananta is a mindfulness and social change advocate, passionate about helping people find purpose and the resources they needs to live fulfilling lives. He believes in the power of a calm and loving mind, the bonds of community and simple empowerment tools to bring about change in oneself and the world.

Ananta has practiced mindfulness and loving kindness meditations for over twenty-five years, including three years of retreat time. He has practiced these as samatha (calming) meditations, and as vipassana (insight) meditations, along with various other insight practices and reflections, including numerous Tibetan-style visualisations. He took ordination into the Triratna Buddhist Order in 2007 during a four-month retreat in Spain. He has a keen interest in integrating meditation and Buddhist teachings into social action and has worked with international Buddhist non-profits, raising funds for and managing multi-million dollar social programmes with marginalised Indian and Nepali communities, and indigenous Himalayan people. His work with the United Nations in Kenya, Myanmar (Burma) and New York has focused on young people’s empowerment and engagement in their societies. He has taught meditation and Buddhist practice in London, Sao Paolo, Nairobi, Yangon and New York, including leading retreats. He is 200-hour certified as a BodhiYoga teacher, and a qualified MBSR teacher with Brown University.

Dh Suddhayu developed an interest in Eastern thought and meditation as a teenager. In 1992 he attended a life-changing meditation retreat at Aryaloka. Soon after, he moved in to the residential community there, where he lived for the next eight years, exploring his love of Dharma, meditation and community. He lived in England for six months where he worked for a Buddhist Right Livelihood project, and attended a four month retreat in the mountains of Spain where he was ordained into the Triratna Buddhist Order. In the new century, Suddhayu married Lona Kovacs and co-founded Touching Earth Farm CSA and Portsmouth Buddhist Center. He has been teaching meditation and Buddhism workshops and leading retreats since 1998. He currently works full-time for Dharma initiatives as Chair at the Portsmouth Buddhist Center and Manager of Aryaloka.

Dh Vimalasara (Valerie Mason-John) is the chairperson of Triratna Vancouver Buddhist Centre. She is the author of 8 books, including her dharma books, Detox Your Heart (working with anger, fear and hatred) and award winning book, Eight Step Recovery Using The Buddha’s teachings to Overcome Addiction. Ordained in India 2005, her name means she who’s essence is stainless and pure. Her vision as chairperson is to help grow the Vancouver Triratna Sangha in numbers, and develop ways we can engage with the wider community in Vancouver that will help support people’s lives. She works as a public speaker, and a trainer in leadership, anti bullying, restorative justice and Mindfulness Based Addiction Recovery (MBAR).

*Edited excerpt from ‘Dakini Teachings’ – luminosity is a poetic rendering of Dharmata.

Register for the event here

Led by: Dh Ananta, Dh Suddhayu and Dh Vimalasara
Times: July 24, 7pm to July 26, 6pm
Venue: Aryaloka
Fee: Suggested Donation $25-$250
Level: Open to All
Directions: Online on Zoom

* At Aryaloka, we strive to make our programs available to everyone regardless of their financial circumstances. Our fee structure allows you to pay according to your means. The Sustaining price is for people comfortably paying their rent or mortgage, and who can afford the occasional meal out and movie. The Sustaining price level also helps Aryaloka offer lower prices to those who could otherwise not afford to attend. Any payment above this price is a tax-deductible donation. Mid-Level prices are for those who have a regular income and are paying their mortgage or rent. Prices at this level contribute to the range of Aryaloka’s operating costs. The Base-Level price is for those without an income or with an income low enough that making ends meet is a challenge. Those whose circumstances are not included above can call the office to arrange alternate pricing.

* Retreat participants are asked to work together to prepare and clean up after meals and to help with general cleanup at the end of the retreat.