Sub35 retreat: Touching the Earth

Friday 31st May 2019 to Sunday 2nd Jun 2019 - 5.00pm to 3.00pm

When the Buddha was about to gain enlightenment he was struck by a piercing doubt: what right did he have to gain enlightenment?

The Buddha's response was to take his right hand and touch the earth. After breaking through this doubt, and through his own direct experience, he discovered an entirely new way of being, enlightenment, awakening, nirvana.

How did the Buddha come to this point and how does this relate to us living in the modern world?

On this retreat we will go forth, as the Buddha did, from our normal daily activities and distractions. We will unplug and go offline as we discover for ourselves how we too can touch the earth and enter into a new way of being.

Through a programme of talks, discussion, meditation, ritual and friendship we will begin to approach and explore the life and figure of the Buddha, the embodiment of this radical new discovery and transformation.

The retreat is open to anyone aged 18 to 35 and of any experience level.

We can offer a limited number of assisted places if your financial circumstances prevent you from going on the retreat. Please contact us allowing a few weeks before the retreat.

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Important: the diet is vegetarian/vegan, and the recipes are planned and the food is bought in advance. If you have a food allergy or medical condition requiring a special diet, please email us the details on receipt of your booking confirmation. Its best also to check with the organizer when you arrive.

If you need to arrive slightly late or leave before the end, please consult with the retreat leader now.

Lost property: if you leave something behind, it is important that you talk with the Buddhist Centre first and not the retreat venue.

Retreats are a special event where people enjoy coming together and support one another to practice the Dharma. While every care will be given to all those attending, the Cambridge Buddhist Centre cannot be responsible for the loss of personal possessions, nor look after you appropriately if you fail to disclose important information about your health. If in doubt please consult us now.

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Concessionary rate: Our concessionary rate is available to anyone who cannot afford the full rate.
Cancellation policy: Please give five working days notice before the start date to cancel your booking; refunds are not usually available after this time. A £5 booking fee will be deducted.