Saturday continued Dome 10.15am Workshop: Work that Reconnects. See Thursday. Today’s topic ‘Seeing with New Eyes.’ 12.30pm Workshop with Sean Whelan: Sand Art. See Thursday. (max 12 participants) 2.30pm Workshop with Kaspalita of the Amida Trust: Compassionate Action. Learning about love through role-playing traditional Buddhist stories. 4.30pm Meditation for parents, children welcome. With Upayavira 6.30pm Workshop with Kirsten Kratz: Radical Love...(may not be about being nice). Using guided interactive exercises we will explore our sometimes hidden assumptions about what loving kindness really is and investigate what might be blocking us from freer expressions of deep care in the world.
Study Dome Noon Study with Dhivan: Exploring the Buddha's teaching on love as a means to enlightenment. (max 12 participants) 2pm Study with Mahabodhi: Metta ceto vimutti. Liberation of the emotions through loving kindness. (max 12 participants)
10.30am Workshop with Advayasiddhi: Introduction to Buddhism. New to Buddhism? Want to find out more what it's about after being at this lovely festival? This is for you! Come and hear about the amazing vision of freedom and happiness and how you can easily put some of its teachings into practice in your own life. Noon Talk by Dhivan: The Buddha Broke my Heart... The Buddha taught love as freedom of heart. But what if we get burned in love's fire? A talk on love, betrayal and brokenheartedness.
Dome 10.15am Work that Reconnects. See Thursday. Today’s topic ‘Taking Action.’
Dharma Parlour 2013 Marquee 10.30am Talk by Lokabandhu: 10 Ways to Misunderstand Buddhism. No. 6: It's all about detachment.
12.30pm Workshop with Sean Whelan: Sand Art. See Thursday.
Noon Talk by Shantigarbha: The Empathic Buddha. How did the Buddha embody empathy? How did he make it the basis of ethics and compassion?
4pm Workshop with Satyavani of the Amida Trust: Being Unpopular on Purpose. As a Buddhist therapist I often say things I know my clients won't like. In our ordinary lives, when should we do something we know will be unpopular?
For recordings of the talks, check out www.thebuddhistcentre.com/ dharmaparlour after the festival.
2pm Talk by Kulamitra: Warm our Hearts - Let the Rain Come In! To develop loving kindness takes sustained effort at frequent intervals. Paradoxically this means spontaneous opening to all around us. Discover and practise your capacity to love rather than create new emotions.
6pm Workshop with Mark Leonard: Mindfulness and Emotional Triggers. Often it's just not safe to say what we think and we learn to control our feelings until something presses our buttons and we react. Mindfulness helps us to process our feelings and live with passion.
Thursday continued Dome
10.15am Workshop: Work that Reconnects. Four linked but free standing workshops. We’ll open to the fire in the heart through participatory exercises, meditation and sharing circles: Today’s topic, ‘Gratitude.’ 12.30pm Workshop with Sean Whelan: Sand Art. Come and create your own beautiful sand art, a traditional meditative art practice and at the end, a surprise. All materials provided. (max 12 participants) 2.30pm Workshop with Dharmashalin: The Eyes of Love. Buddhism bangs on about awareness, whats so great about it? Come along and explore how the way we look at life transforms our experience of being alive. 4.30pm Meditation for parents, children welcome. With Upayavira 6.30pm Workshop with Maitridevi: Freedom of Heart. We will be exploring ways to cultivate an open kind loving connection with others, based on the metta bhavana involving led body awareness and pair work.
Study Dome Noon Study with Dhivan: Exploring the Buddha's teaching on love as a means to enlightenment. (max 12 participants) 2pm Study with Mahabodhi: The Buddha's teaching on feelings and emotions. (max 12 participants)
Friday Marquee 10am Workshop with Dharmashalin: Warriors of the Heart. How can we find the courage to grow? The true warrior can see both their strengths and faults clearly and can, from that space, change themselves and the world. Noon Talk by Amaranatho: The Listening Heart. Venerable Amaranatho, a wandering Buddhist monk, will explore what it takes to keep the heart open to the uncertainty we all face. 2pm Talk by Maitridevi: The Tender Gravity of Kindness. How to find depth in a superficial world – a talk about love and longing and the way that they pull us deeper into life. 4pm Talk by Dr. Tashi Zangmo and Marie Thesbjerg: Nuns of Bhutan. As part of a special tour of the UK, this is an opportunity to enjoy a rare glimpse of the life of the nuns in Bhutan explained by the director of the Bhutan Nuns Foundation. 6pm Talk and inquiry by Christopher Titmuss: Seeing Emptiness is True Love. Emptiness is the abiding home of the wise. The realisation of emptiness allows the natural movement of love. Love only expresses through Emptiness. Are you empty? Are you willing to be empty?
Dome 10.15am Workshop: Work that Reconnects. See Thursday. Today’s topic: ‘Honouring Feelings for the World.’ 12.30pm Workshop with Advayasiddhi: Love and how to Connect. Buddhism teaches us that interconnectedness is the way things really are, and that our feelings of loneliness and separateness are due to us being too caught up in ourselves. This workshop will help us get a sense of the possibilities we have present in each moment – for love, connection and wisdom. 2.30pm Workshop with Caroline Brazier: Fire in the Belly. Exploring our fire energy through elements meditations. An experiential workshop inspired by the traditional elements meditations, exploring our experience of fire within and without. Come and discover your passion for life. 4.30pm Meditation for parents, children welcome. With Upayavira.
Study Dome Noon Study with Dhivan: Exploring the Buddha's teaching on love as a means to enlightenment. (max 12 participants) 2pm Study with Mahabodhi: The peacock’s tail: the infinite awareness of Amitabha, the Buddha of Love. (max 12 participants)
Saturday Marquee 10.30am Talk by Dr. Tashi Zangmo and Marie Thesbjerg: Buddhism and Bhutan. Find out how the Bhutanese culture is steeped in ancient Buddhism yet still at the forefront of modern thinking. Noon Talk and Inquiry by Christopher Titmuss: Does mindfulness inhibit love? Mindfulness has become an industry for stress reduction. It is defined as being in the moment without judging the moment. When love emerges from the depth of our being, it expresses as action. One has then made a judgement to respond to a situation. So what is the connection between mindfulness and love? 2pm Panel discussion: The Impact of Mindfulness in Society. Chaired by Amaranatho. 4pm Talk by Dr. Tashi Zangmo and Marie Thesbjerg: Agents of Change. Women and girls in Bhutan enter nunneries and dedicate their lives to serving society but lack basic sanitation and nutrition. Hear about their programmes and how to help. Continued overleaf >