Upcoming Talks & Retreats with Ven Canda
(December 2023 and into 2024)
- "Love to Break All Boundaries" 3rd – 9th Dec 2023, Devon UK. Waiting List Here.
- "No Mud No Lotus: Transforming Suffering to Joy" Three-day New Year Retreat with Sheffield Insight, 28th – 30th Dec 2023 ~ Book Here.
- "True Meaning of Compassion" a Day Retreat with London Insight, 24th Feb 2024, ~ not yet open for registration.
- Six-day Metta Retreat from Fri 8th – Thu 14th Mar 2024, Cloud Mountain, Washington State USA ~ Book Here
- Week-long Retreat 20th – 28th 2024, Norway. *Save the date, booking info coming soon*
- "An Open Heart of Patience" 4th – 7th July 2024, 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.
Sat 24th February 2024, 10:00-17:00 GMT
Day Retreat with Ven Canda, for London Insight Meditation:
"True Meaning of Compassion"
In person retreat in London.
Compassion can be defined as the way love responds to suffering. Yet many of us find it easier to feel compassion for others compared to ourselves, and sometimes get swamped by the troubles of the world. Is this then really the compassion that leads to wisdom and peace?
Using various methods, reflections and means, this retreat will explore and cultivate compassion in the way the Buddha praised. We will develop compassionate, tender concern for ourselves and the world, softening to our experience without judgement and gently opening our hearts, so that we can respond effectively and gain insight into the way things are.
The retreat will include Dhamma reflection, guided sitting meditation, walking meditation and a Q&A session. It is suitable for all those who want to develop healthy compassion.
This retreat will be organised by London Insight Meditation. If you have queries regarding this particular retreat, please contact London Insight Meditation direct.
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.
Fridays - Sutta Discussion Group with Ven Canda:
Fridays: 18:45 – 20:00pm UK Time (via Zoom)
Next sessions: Dec 1st, 15th and 22nd; Jan 5th 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)
Next sessions: Dec 16th and 23rd; Jan 6th 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 - Ven Canda
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. Ven Canda 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.