Friday, 4 November 2011

Buddhist Training

This year I was able to attend the Segaki Retreat at Throssel Hole Buddhist Abbey for the first time.
It is a week long intensive meditation retreat in the last week in October with a number of ceremonies. One in particular is the ceremony of Feeding the Hungry Ghosts.
Hungry Ghosts are Beings, or aspects of ourselves, which are constantly craving, symbolised by ghosts with big tummies and tiny mouths and throats.
There are videos you can look at and listen to on youtube from various Zen monasteries showing this ceremony.
There is also a ceremony during which paper tombstones are burned on a special fire called a Toro.
Last weekend our Newcastle meditation group and the Teeside group met together with our group monk in Teeside for a day retreat when we spent the morning meditating, then had lunch together and later went for a walk to
Natures World, which is a permaculture orientated theme park on the outskirts of Middlesboro. I particularly liked the miniature River Tees installation. Check it out.
"This unique 400 meter long working model of the River Tees has been created from scratch from a good idea and a flat, boggy field! Thousands of Lorry loads of clay and sub soil where imported back in 1992 to create Upper Teesdale."
Wow! Thanks to the Teeside Group for introducing me to this fantastic place.

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