Allies for Liberation: the Five Indriya

Residential retreat

With Ajahn Sucitto and Laura Bridgman

May 20-30, 2022

The five indriya – trust/faith, energy, mindfulness, collectedness and discernment – are considered to be faculties that lead the mind into awakening. They are said to ‘merge in the Deathless.’ In this retreat we will use practices of stabilising and nourishing the heart to support inquiry into the arousing and interplay of these faculties. There will be opportunities to meet with both teachers in small groups, and also engage with movement exercises to support deeper embodiment.

The following will be included:
– chanting, covid safety permitting
– each teacher to meet everyone in small group interviews of three people.
– simple bodywork
– the Eight Precepts.

The Eight Precepts are a practice of harmlessness, mindfulness and renunciation that you are asked to undertake for the duration of this retreat. If you have a health issue regarding not eating supper, please let us know.

The Precepts are:
1. Harmlessness: not intentionally taking the life of any living creature.
2. Trustworthiness: not taking anything that is not given.
3. Chastity: refraining from any sexual activity.
4. Right Speech: Noble Silence during this retreat
5. Sobriety: not taking any intoxicating drinks or drugs.
6. Renunciation: not eating any food after 1.00pm.
7. Abstaining: from dancing, singing, and music. Also, refraining from using mobile phones or the Internet unless in an emergency.
8. Alertness: to refrain from overindulgence in sleep.

Please note that numbers are restricted. People on personal retreat at Gaia House over this period may not be able to join this retreat. To be guaranteed a place, please book on as a group retreatant.

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