Sunday, 28 September 2008

Joy on the Path: A Buddhist/Christian Retreat

Dates: Nov 28th-Dec 1st
Venue: The Abbey Sutton Courtenay
Led by: Ajahn Candasiri and Elizabeth West

The retreat will run from after supper on 28th November until after lunch on Monday 1st December. Priority will be given to those able to attend for the whole retreat. There will be silence for most of the retreat apart from times of sharing, and the first and last meal.

It is a long time since Ajahn Candasiri and Elizabeth West have led a retreat together so there is likely to be great demand. It was from these earlier retreats that the Christian Buddhist Vedanta Network was born.

Accommodation is in single and twin rooms. The Abbey can accommodate up to 17 in its purpose built guest house and in the main house. There are some B & B in the village close to The Abbey. Day attendees are welcome but will be expected to attend the full retreat. All meals are Vegetarian

The cost of the retreat is £150 for a shared room and £165 for a single room. The Abbey has held the cost for the three days at the level normally charged for a two-day retreat. This is to enable participants to make personal contributions to the teachers out of gratitude for the teaching.

Ajahn Candasiri was raised in the Scottish Episcopal Church, but found that her questions on how to live the spiritual life were never answered satisfactorily by Christian teachers. Then she attended a retreat of Ajahn Sumedho, the founder of Amaravati Buddhist Monastery. Not long after she sought ordination as a Buddhist nun from him and was one of the first four women in this country to receive ordination into the Thai Forest Tradition of Theravada Buddhism. She has been ordained for 25 years and is now one of the Senior Nuns at Amaravati. She has taught retreats extensively and is an excellent meditation teacher and guide.

To Book: Contact: The Abbey, Sutton Courtenay, Abingdon, OX14 4AF
Tel: 01235 847401 Email: Website:

Dissolving Boundaries - The Annual BCVN Meeting

Dates: Oct 17th-19th
Venue: Convent of St Mary at the Cross, Edgware, London (15 mins walk from Edgware tube)

This weekend will be a time for sharing our questions and even our answers if we have any. Elizabeth will facilitate the weekend and lead the mediation sessions. Some questions to reflect on that might inspire the sharing are:- Boundaries in a boundless universe - what role do they play. How do I relate to religious boundaries? Can we live without boundaries? Does my security lie in boundaries?

There are still places for this weekend please call or email Elizabeth to book.

Cost: Full weekend £120 Sat/Sun £90 Non resident including 2 lunches £30 One day with lunch £15.

Monday, 1 September 2008

Buddhism and God - Saturday 13th September, London

Date: Saturday 13th September
Venue: The Christian Meditation Centre, London
Led by: Elizabeth West

Does Buddhism have anything to say to us about the nature of God? What has Meditation to do with it?

Pre-booking is required. Full details are available on the events page.