Buddhafield: Buddhism, Meditation and Community
Next Buddhafield Event
Join us for a weekend of rooting our spiritual practice in the earth. We will do this both literally, by digging holes in the wintry soil and planting trees, and metaphorically by attempting to deepen our relationship with the larger community of life in which we and trees are embedded. We will explore the use of imaginative empathy to deepen and broaden this relationship. Our work and reflections will be set in the context of the Buddhist path towards universal benevolence and will be supported by communal meditation and ritual.
The planting will take place at Longdown on the fringe of the Dartmoor national park, and is kindly being facilitated by the charity Moor Trees.
The weekend will start at 6.30pm with dinner on the Friday and finish at the planting site at about 4pm on Sunday.
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 “The Dance of Life and Death”.