In Living with Awareness Sangharakshita writes:
‘The universe is alive, magically so, and the haunting appearance within it of the … elements makes that experience inherently mysterious and inaccessible to definitive knowledge. [As we contemplate the elements in this way] inner and outer worlds become interfused in a deeper, more meaningful vision of what it is to be alive.’
It seems more and more important that we seek to transform the way that we perceive and live in this world. We can move from alienation to connection, from isolation to radically re-understanding our place in the whole.
We will be practising together as a community on this mainly silent retreat with daily input around each of the six elements. There will be the opportunity for meditation reviews, body-work, walking meditation, ritual and time in nature.
‘I would go so far as to say that a universe conceived of as dead cannot be a universe in which one stands any chance of attaining Enlightenment (whether you stand any chance in a living universe is of course up to you). Sangharakshita, Living with Awareness