Simply Being

led by Tejananda

simply being

At any moment we can recognise, directly and viscerally, that we are alive and awake. With a settled and embodied awareness, this could open into an intuitive glimpse of what we truly are, beyond concepts. This might be evoked as a spacious yet embodied presence, a timeless awareness-emptiness, or love, compassion and pure energy.

We'll explore this by way of a somatic approach to just sitting meditation together with experiential inquiries - discovering our own direct experience as aliveness, intimacy, simplicity and clarity. These subtle yet accessible qualities of our ordinary mind and being can act as gateways to the five wisdoms or 'undivided awarenesses' (jnanas), which are the essence of the five Buddhas. The mandala of the five Buddhas and their wisdoms offers a very practical map of our immediate experience, pointing to what has simply been here all along, unnoticed.

Retreat bookings are limited to 21, which includes 5 campers. The small shrine room will be available as a common area, and the campers can make use of this during the retreat. Booking will be open to Order members first, and then if the retreat is not full we will open bookings to GFR mitras.


Start: 04 January 2020 at 6:00pm
Finish: 18 January 2020 at 12:00pm


full income $920 / low income $870

if you cannot afford full payment, please pay what you can now with the balance due later in the year. This is perfectly fine.


Image of Sudarshanaloka

Tararu Valley, Thames

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Portrait of Tejananda

I have been practising Buddhism and meditation for over 30 years and a member of the Triratna Buddhist Order since 1980. Since becoming an Order…

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Triratna Order Member

Triratna Order Members are people within our spiritual community who have made a commitment, known traditionally as Going for Refuge, to keeping the…

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