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Awakening the Imagination 2024

Friday, 16 February 2024 to Friday, 23 February 2024

In order to appeal to the whole man, it isn't enough to appeal just to the conscious, rational intelligence that floats upon the surface. We have to appeal to something more, and this means that we have to speak an entirely different language than the language of concepts, of abstract thought; We have to speak the language of images.... Sangharakshita – Archetypal Symbolism in the Biography of the Buddha

On this retreat, we will be exploring the central importance of the imaginal in Bhante’s life and writings. For Bhante, imagination, myth and symbol are essential to living a full Dharma life. As well as looking at some of his key writings and significant episodes from his life, we will be aiming to discover the images, myths and symbols that are motivating us in our own lives.

Retreat Study
We will be studying Bhante's lectures The Journey to Il Convento and St Jerome Revisited. Please arrive having listened or read these lectures with points of interest that you wish to discuss.

Details and Timings

The retreat starts with dinner on the first day at 6:30pm and finishes on the final day at 10.15am.

Banner and thumbnail image: cropped painting by Aloka © from the Padmaloka Shrine Room

Led By: 
Ordination Team
Retreat Open To: 
Men training for ordination & Dharmacharis
Retreat Type: 
Going for Refuge Retreat
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