Buddhafield: Buddhism, Meditation and Community
Buddhafield Festival 2019 | Information coming soon!
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"Vision may arise for different people in […] different ways. For some it has even arisen in a dream. But however it does arise we should be very careful not to lose it, not to forget it […] So we should cherish it, cultivate it, dwell upon it – try to deepen, clarify it, develop it – all the time. We should eventually try to allow it to permeate and transform our whole being, our whole life" Sangharakshita.
On this retreat at Frog Mill in the Dartmoor National Park, we will look at the Buddha’s vision for humanity. Through mediation, discussion groups, ritual and reflection we will engage with the Buddha’s teaching of the Noble Eightfold Path and explore its transformative power. We will learn how it can lead us to a deeper experience of meaning, freedom and happiness in our lives.
What is a “Buddhafield”?
Buddhafield is a collective of Buddhists involved with the Triratna Buddhist Community: some of us are members of the Triratna Buddhist Order. We live all over the UK, but we run a programme of camping activities in the South West of England, focused around the teaching and practise of Buddhism and Buddhist meditation. We are perhaps best known for organising our own Festival and for the Buddhafield Café, which goes to festivals and fairs like Glastonbury, Sunrise and The Green Gathering. As well as this, we run an annual programme of meditation retreat camps and we cultivate on our own land.
The concept of a “Buddhafield”, or of “Buddhafields”, originates in the Mahayana Buddhist Sutras. In these Sutras, Buddhafields are planes of perfect beauty created by the compassionate action of a Buddha. As such they are an environment in which all conditions are perfectly conducive to spiritual practice and in which to gain Enlightenment.
Each year Buddhafield adopts a theme. This year we are exploring “Dance of Life and Death”.