Upcoming Talks & Retreats with Ven Canda
- "Boundless Love as a Path to Freedom" Fri 8th – Thu 14th Mar 2024, Six Day Metta Retreat with Cloud Mountain, Washington State USA ~ Book Here.
- 8-Days Meditation Retreat 20th – 27th April 2024, at Venabu Hotel Norway. Led by Ven Canda & Ajahn Nitho. Click HERE for more information about the retreat (you can use google translate on your browser if you can't read Norwegian). Register your non-binding interest HERE to be informed when bookings open. Please note this is a very popular retreat and 60 people already registered their interest for 50 places!
- A Day of Practice 11th May 2024 (in-person and online) with Oxford Insight ~ Book Here
- “Liberating Perspectives on Death and Dying” 18th May 2024, with Bristol Insight ~ not yet open for registration.
- "The Gentle Art of Patience" 4th – 7th July 2024, Ven Canda & Laura Bridgman, Gaia House UK ~ Book Here.
As we are unsure when the retreats will open for bookings, please keep an eye on the websites. Kindly DO NOT contact the centres in advance.
Fri 8th - Thu 14th Mar 2024
Six Day Metta Retreat with Ven Canda, for Cloud Mountain USA:
"Boundless Love as a Path to Freedom"
Loving kindness (metta) is a boundless quality of heart that promotes social harmony and inner peace. The careful cultivation of metta undermines fear and ill will, opening us to a selfless kind of joy that can deepen into blissful, boundless states of stillness (samadhi).
This retreat will encourage the flourishing of metta; both as a way of relating to our experience through body, speech and mind, and as a meditation method. We will experience the potential of metta to dissolve the barriers we erect between 'self' and 'other,' which blind us to the universal truths of suffering and non-self.
Whether you are a beginner or an experienced meditator, you are bound to leave this retreat feeling more resourced and ready to embrace the ups and downs of life.
This retreat is suitable for all who incline away from harmful states of mind! The schedule will be flexible and include Dhamma talks, guided and silent meditations and Q&A sessions. Guided meditations will be 30-45 minutes long and all sessions will be optional to allow you to respect your personal needs.
This retreat is organised by Cloud Mountain. If you have queries regarding this particular retreat, please contact Cloud Mountain direct.
Sat 11th May 2024, 10:00 - 17:00 BST
A day of practice with Ven Canda, for Oxford Insight Meditation:
Online and in person at Littlemore Village Hall, Oxford
The day will include periods of sitting and walking meditation, meditation instructions, dharma reflections and some time for questions. There will be a lunch break of about 1 hour. The day will mainly be in silence.
The retreat is suitable for beginners as well as those with experience of meditation practice. We ask that you commit to staying for the full day.
This event is organised by Oxford Insight Meditation. If you have queries regarding this particular retreat, please contact Oxford Insight direct.
Sat 18th May 2024, 09:30 - 15:30
A Day Retreat with Ven Canda, for Bristol Insight Meditation:
"Liberating Perspectives on Death & Dying"
Online & In person in Bristol.
Perhaps you are witness to someone who is dying, have lost a loved one or have received a diagnosis you are grappling with? Or perhaps you are healthy and imagine death is far away - and that is the way you would like it to stay!
The Buddha recommended meditation on death for everyone, as a way of bringing a sense of immediacy to practice. Although it may initially sound unappealing, by gently turning toward the universal reality of death, we can learn tools for living a fuller life - a life of gratitude and love.
This retreat will invite us to contemplate and discuss the universal experience of death and dying, taking inspiration from Buddhist ideas as well as modern scientific research on near-death experiences, to find a greater acceptance and peace within.
The retreat is suitable for everyone and will include Dhamma reflections, guided meditations and an opportunity for sharing questions and responses.
This retreat will be organised by Bristol Insight Meditation. If you have queries regarding this particular retreat, please contact Bristol Insight Meditation direct.
Thu 4th - Sun 7th July 2024
Residential Retreat with Ven Canda & Laura Bridgman, for Gaia House:
"The Gentle Art of Patience"
The Buddha described patience as the highest spiritual quality, yet many of us find it challenging, even unappealing.
Modern society so often emphasises immediate gratification through an act of will. We then bring this pressure to our meditation practice and use too much force, making the path harder than it needs to be. On the contrary, the Buddha encouraged us to focus on the causes for happiness and peace – the careful laying down of conditions that allow beautiful qualities of the heart to ripen, in their own time.
Developing such a patient, kind and gentle attitude enables us to stay with experience long enough to discover its beauty and depth. We learn to find contentment here and now, instead of being caught in restless seeking.
This retreat is organised by Gaia House. If you have queries regarding this particular retreat, please contact Gaia House direct.
Fridays - Sutta Discussion Group with Ven Canda:
Fridays: 18:45 – 20:00pm UK Time (via Zoom)
March 1st, 8th, 15th and 29th;
April 5th, 12th, 19th and 26th.
This is a wonderful way to delve into the Buddha's Teachings and apply them to our own life and practice, through discussion with the Ven Canda and our peers. Together, we go through Bhikkhu Bodhi's anthology of the Buddha's teachings on "Social & Communal Harmony," in an attempt to answer the question: "In a world of conflict and strife, how can we be advocates of peace and justice?"
You are very welcome to drop in as you wish! We are now on the last chapters of the book and newcomers are welcome.
N.B. We will begin a new series of sutta studies after we end this book!
Saturday's Guided Metta Meditation and Sharing Group with Ven Canda:
Saturdays: 09:00 – 10:00am UK Time (via Zoom)
March 2nd, 16th, 30th;
April 6th, 13th, 20th and 27th
What better way to start the weekend than expanding our heart with the powerful, sublime practice of loving kindness and a gentle check-in with friends? This group will help us bring the benefits of metta into our lives in a truly transformative way.
Tuesday & Thursday Silent Sitting Group
Every Tuesday and Thursday 19:15 - 20:00 UK Time via Zoom - peer hosted by Matthias.
"Since December 2021 we have had a regular group of about 20 people coming to meditate in silence together, and people have said that they find it very supportive in developing and strengthening a regular practice. It never fails to amaze me how strongly connected we can be from afar, without even uttering a word - especially when we unite in wholesome (non) action!" ~ Ven Canda
Please be aware that this is NOT a guided meditation session but is intended for those who are looking for a virtual community with whom to sit silently in meditation together.
Please join early so Matthias can let you in before he starts meditating!
Pali Chanting & Blessings Group ~ Karaniya Metta Sutta
Every Wednesday 17.30 - 18:00 UK Time - Held Ven Canda, Ven Upekkha or Manori
This is an uplifting opportunity to share loving kindness and good wishes with your loved ones - or anyone you know of who could benefit from the powerful teachings and blessings of the Buddha. We begin by collecting the names of those you'd like to dedicate the chanting towards. The host then recites the Karaniya Metta Sutta and invites you to join in from the comfort of your home.
Click here: Karaniya Metta Sutta for Text in English and Pali language.