Break the Spell: The Four Reminders 2024
Life is precious; impermanence is inescapable; our choices shape our lives; life includes suffering: these are the The Four Mind Turnings or The Four reminders. The events of the last few years have brought these truths into vivid relief for us: we cannot control the world, and suffering is evident – yet we can realise the preciousness of every moment, and the urgency of Dharma practice. Insight comes from a deep letting-go and an equally deep turning towards what is true, real and possible. So does true compassion – and the Four Mind Turnings take us there.
The Four Mind Turnings are 'preliminary practices' that can take us all the way: releasing us from our bewitchment with what isn't stable, isn't reliable, can't give us ultimate satisfaction – and turning us wholeheartedly, with urgency, towards the magical open space of the Dharma life.
The retreat programme will include meditation, talks, devotional practice, small discussion groups and/or daily meditation reviews, and several days of full silence.