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Laying Down the Bow and Arrow - Experiencing Discomfort without the Stress


Thích Nhất Hạnh has said,

“The unwelcome things that sometimes happen in life—being rejected, losing a valuable object, failing a test, getting injured in an accident—are analogous to the first arrow. They cause some pain. The second arrow, fired by our own selves, is our reaction, our storyline, and our anxiety. All these things magnify the suffering. Many times, the ultimate disaster we’re ruminating upon hasn’t even happened.”

In this weekend retreat, we will learn ways to release the second arrow and to be with life as it is, rather than our idea of how it should be.  Guided meditations, deep relaxation and dharma talks will support us to notice habitual reactions and release anxiety. Walking meditation, eating in silence and  time in nature will support us to recognise that we already have more than enough conditions to be happy.

Payment details: retreat cost $165-$200 (sliding scale)

Account number 03 0458 0238459 000

Please make two separate payments (with reference) for the retreat cost and for Dana/gratitude for the teaching . In alignment with Buddhist principles of generosity, our teachers devote much of their time to study and practice. This supports the service they give without the request for fee payment. In this way no one is turned away due to the retreat cost. The teachers trust in the generosity of the participants to offer a contribution (Dana) in accordance with their means and desire to support the teachers.