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Sat, 22 May

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Awarezen Room

Vesak Retreat: Being and Cessation in Grace

To celebrate Vesak Day 2021, which commemorates the day of the Buddha's birth, awakening, and death some 2,500 years ago, we are having a special one-day meditation retreat at Awarezen. This retreat focuses on awareness and nibbana in the living reality of uncreated grace.

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Vesak Retreat: Being and Cessation in Grace
Vesak Retreat: Being and Cessation in Grace

Time & Location

22 May 2021, 7:00 am – 2:00 pm SGT

Awarezen Room

About the event

Dimensionless awareness appears as time, space, and person to the finite mind. Time, space and person appear as pure knowing in the retracing of mind into its source. Empty of inherent existence and thus unobjectifiable, awareness nakedly is - luminous and free, unassailable and irreducible, unborn and undying. Aware being in its essential emptiness is utterly free of all conditioning, stains, obscurations, afflictive states, and their residues. It is the cessation of all that is made, born, constructed, compounded, and fabricated. This is the end of suffering: nibbana. 

No self, no mind, no problem. The nibbanic mind is cool, beyond clinging and anguish. Awareness is fully unveiled. Dynamic and creative, luminous mind (pabbhasaram-cittam) spontaneously manifests in myriad appearances and experiences, from subtle to gross. The playful sport of unreifiable awareness constitutes an awakened world of experience and nominal identities suffused by uncontrived bliss.  All this is possible because of the hidden yet intimately present grace beyond all creation, beyond even awareness itself. Open receptivity and unreserved surrender invite undeserved intrusion of grace that changes everything - absolutely.

Join us at Awarezen for this one-day retreat comprising pointing-out instructions and guided practice, extended silent sittings, heart-opening recitations and prayerful affirmations, and reflective sharing and discussion. Retreat begins at 7:00am SGT (9:00am AEST) and ends at 2:00pm SGT (4:00 AEST). RSVP to register and receive a unique Zoom link for this retreat.

Looking forward to your presence and the power of our collective practice of meditative enquiry in this Vesak season.

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