Event Dates: October 17th, 10am–1pm Eastern

The Buddha described Mindfulness as β€œthe only way for the purification of beings, for the overcoming of sorrow and lamentation, for the destruction of suffering and grief, for reaching the right path, for the attainment of Nirvana.”

Buddhism begins and ends with the mind. It is our minds that perceive, label, interpret and filter everything that comes to us via our senses. Our minds even treat its own products in the same way: reactions, thoughts and intuitions Our minds are constantly interacting with external and internal experience, weaving a dream of the world we think we live in, a self who lives in it and constantly triggering a highly reactive relationship between the two. As the opening lines of the Dhammapada state:

Mind precedes all mental states. Mind is their chief; they are all mind-wrought. If with an impure mind a person speaks or acts suffering follows him like the wheel that follows the foot of the ox.

In this workshop, Nagabodhi and Vimalachitta, who teach mindfulness and meditation in secular as well as Buddhist contexts offer their insights into mindfulness as the indispensable gateway to the realisation of the highest human ideals.

Vimalachitta has been teaching meditation for 30 years in Triratna – including 13 years of full time teaching at the London Buddhist Centre. In the last 10 years she has also worked as a Mindfulness Trainer in corporate and educational settings, as well as courses, classes and retreats for the general public. She trained in Mindfulness for secular contexts with Breathworks, Breathing Space and Bangor University.

Nagabodhi has been a member of the Triratna Order since 1974. Shortly after joining the Order he set up Windhorse Publications, our publishing wing, directed it’s growth, and edited our communities in-house, magazines for the next 25 years. He has also been involved as a trustee, chair and president of several Triratna centres over the years, and was a founding trustee and one-time chair of the Karuna Trust, a project that raises funds for social and Dharma projects in India. As a president and preceptor his work has been based in the UK the Netherlands, USA, Australia and New Zealand. Nagabodhi has twice lived in communities with Sangharakshita, and travelled with him throughout an extended lecture tour in Indiaβ€” an experience he chronicled in his book, Jai Bhim – Dispatches from a Peaceful Revolution.

Aryaloka continues to run all events online and by donation – your generosity is making it possible for Aryaloka to stay afloat while we wait for regular programming to resume. Please give what you can, though if you can’t afford to make a donation, do let us know and we’ll sign you up for free. 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.

Book here for the workshop.

Led by: Nagabodhi and Vimalachitta
Times: Oct 17, 10am–1pm Eastern
Venue: Online via Zoom
Fee: Suggested Donation $20-$80
Level: Open to All
Directions: N/A

* 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.