‘Although my vision is as vast as the sky, my conduct is as fine as grains of flour.’ Padmasambhava
As Mitras, all of us have committed to live the Five Training Precepts more and more deeply. But how do we do this? On this retreat, we’ll explore ethics through a rich mix of talks, discussion groups, workshops, ritual, meditation and some silent days.
We’ll look deeply at the principles underlying ethical practice - principles of profound kindness, beyond blame and judgement. They show us conditionality in action. It is so easy with ethics to feel enmeshed in a web of ‘shoulds and shouldn’ts’. Clarifying our principles cuts us free of this and keeps us opening out into minds as vast as the sky – the huge vision that ethical behaviour expresses.
We will also explore explore the nitty-gritty of ethics in our daily lives, including introducing confession and emphasising the importance of rejoicing in our ethical practice. How can we bring creativity to our real life situations?
Maitrisiddhi: ‘I love the practicality and groundedness of ethics. However difficult the situation or mental state, there is always something creative to be done. I also love how Buddhist ethics are natural - the natural expression of us being true to our deepest natures. Our inner tensions and obstructions often get in the way. Yet in our depths, we know that we are not separate from all life.’