Online Spring Retreat - Shared screen with speaker view
Hi from Hatfield
Hi from Hounslow
Hello, from sunny Suffolk
Sandhya Jade Bundhun
Hi from sunny Stoke Mandeville!
Hello everyone 😀
Hi from Marie, SE London. 🙏
Anne in Dublin
Hi Miriam from Donegal Ireland. I am too enthusiastic, thought it was at 2pm
Hi from Wanstead!
Hello all :)
Hello from Dublin
Hello from North Yorkshire
Hello from Berlin
Hi from London,Clapham South!
Hello everyone from Glasgow
Hello from Cardigan, west Wales
from southend on sea
Hi from Bristol
Hello from South Norwood
Metta from Guildford Surrey 🙏🏾
Tuning in from North Yorkshire!
a very good afternoon from sunny chingford NE London
coming in from Windsor
Really enjoying the retreat so far. :)
Hi from Brighton
Hello from South Londor
Could we have a link to the script please (if there’s one available)
can you write the questions onto the chatbox please
Could you repeat Qs
How do you respond to the image of the burning house
How do you respond to this image of the burning house?How do you pay attention the existential facts of life?
we don’t like the image :)
I really like it! I found it very linked to the four mind turning reflections
TEAM - Xandra
Thanks everyone! I enjoyed very much the group
I cant hear you peter
I didn't hear either
I agree Peter
Q: What's wrong with wanting the most comfortable deckchair on the Titanic? No-one knows which day is our last ? Why not meet our pleasures and cravings?
Really liked this break out. Take care all in R. 16. Nina David natalle ann and everyone. 🥚🥚🥚🥚🥚🥚💜💜💜💜💜💜💜❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️
perhaps we're seeing a time / cultural symbol which was more meaningful at the time of the buddha e.g. house fire was maybe more final/terminal
TEAM - Nina
Thank you Miriam it was lovely to meet you :)
And what is it that makes it the most comfortable?
Any tips on allowing everything to be and surrendering as your attachments are crumbling before you?
Q: I feel that we need strong images so we realise we need to do something ;) We don’t get a choice of how we feel when things come along so we maybe get the tools to deal with it be reflecting on such an image.
King King Tsang
can you explain a little bit more on spiritual ignorance please! the game that one play? putting yourself down before anyone else does that!!
Q. How do we figure out when to take action and when to be equanimous?
Q:Have people read the Niagara River poem?
Thank you for your response 😊
This parable very much reminds me of Plato`s cave, anyone relates ? :)
Q: Can you say something about the door :-) Thanks
Paul - the Niagara River is great - thank you
Definitely parallels Plato's Cave Michaela :)
Q: Maya Angelo said, “its maybe not death we are afraid of but dying” (growing old, sickness, loosing friends etc.) what are your thoughts?
yes, Michaela! I thought of Plato as well :)
Love that question Emma👏🏽
Reminds me of Edgar Allen Poe’s story The Masque of the Red Death
God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can, and wisdom to know the difference.
thank you & love that sharing Peter C !
Q. In response to the necessity of a strong image, I often see people who survive a major illness doing a positive 180 turn on their life and it sometimes gets me wishing for something bad happening to me so that I could have a sudden change for the better. Does that speak about my weakness of spirit?
Reflection: when we throw everything into the fire, we find the timeless
Isabel, yes :)
Are there any ideas and tips for putting out the fire and restoring the building? Staying with sick, elderly and dying people. Bodhisattva styleee
I suppose the other aspect of the door symbolism might be that the children have to want to escape the fire themselves - the Buddha might warn you, but you have to be the one that takes action
or there's only one way out ...
I like the phrase 'prisoners of our own comfort'
Some people don’t have the real opportunity in life to get out of the door, or even the choice.
Is it also that no one can bring us to or through the door. We all need to find our own path to and through it...
Is ‘escaping the burning house’ done through enlightenment or through equanimity? Sorry I got a bit confused around the bit about equanimity - is that what we are aiming for? Do we conclude that there is nothing we can do about the burning house?
@Gavin - yes, that's what I was thinking
through equanimity to enlightenment :)
Thank you Maria! Equanimity is a new concept to me :)
Q: Could one look at this part of the story as a metaphor for asking ourselves how we can rescue ourselves from the inanity of our lives? And see the Buddha figure as Buudha `mind?
+1 Maria Vitanova
Sorry about that Rose!! Wish I heard the rest of what you were going to say
Inner peace and being happy with whichever deckchair I get
from our group: love, compassion, feeling of meditative peace
all the endless metta!
Crucial question. Would like to discuss this again! What lures you out of anger?
Keeping learning about what it’s all about
Not wanting to be burned to death.
Because the suffering inside becomes unbareable
feeling my feelings
TEAM - Annie Jeffery
freedom from attachment and for my life to have the most positive impact
sangha and real connections between people
TEAM - Xandra
discovery, curiosity, other possibilities, connection, full array of human experiences.
Yes to loving more fully and having a truly open heart
Having experienced seeds of love, compassion, kindness - not possible from a car! Why not strive to develop that more?
started yoga - which led to meditation - which led to Buddhism etc. Body awareness very helpful.
Spaciousness and freedom
Am interested that the children weren't satisfied by having survived the fire...they still wanted the carts
i think iv been whacked with a large stick
same route marie. and first came depression! so I was trying to escape the fire..
To seize the day. To go out into the sunshine today before it fades to snow on Monday
please put the poem writer in the chat plus name
Thank you. x
TEAM - Annie Jeffery
Thanks so much!
Zane Estere G.
thank you that was a lovely poem
fantastic poem thanks
TEAM - Xandra
Thanks so much 🙏🏽
Thank you. Lots to think about
that was a great poem. could you post it in slack later?
thank you, really enjoyed the session!!
thank you so much
Guillermo Macias Pérez
Excellent session. Thank you all.
Thank you :-)
Thank you : )
Thank you very much!
Thank you :)
Thank you lovely poem
T hank you