Introduction to Offering and Ritual Practice
- Heartwood Refuge and Retreat Center
- 159 Osceola Rd Hendersonville, NC 28739
- Mar 1 - 3, 2019 (3 days)
- This is a dana based retreat. You can read more about the practice of dana here.
This is an introduction to Vajrayana practice as skillful method.
Rituals are a feature of all known human societies. While Buddha reminded us that spiritual rituals cannot replace actual cultivation, he approved of their use to gladden and stabilize the mind in momentary goodness. Rituals are a “reminder” of our intentions that can transform the structure of appearances and create positive habitual tendencies in the mind. An example is when he allowed his disciples to offer formal (verbal) taking of “refuge in the Buddha, Dharma and Sangha” or the recitation that came to be known as the Metta sutta. He is often depicted using various hand gestures, purposefully. So, join us in ancient and contemporary exploration of mantra, mudra, visualization, music, and art from several different spiritual traditions. Plan to be inspired as you get out of the head and into the feeling of unity, joy and awakeness. Increase your capacity for happiness, compassion, acceptance and ardour for practice. This is a dana based retreat.
Venue HighlightsHeartwood’s facilities include a historic thirty-room Victorian-era mansion, and additional thirty adjoining courtyard rooms. Three meditation halls and a commercial kitchen are designed to support short-term and long-term retreats, conferences, and workshops. Quiet spaces indoors and out invite contemplation and conversation. Our goal is to nurture all aspects of one’s being.
- Air Conditioning in Rooms
- Free Parking
- Gluten Free
Menu/CuisineThree delicious vegetarian meals per day are offered; there are always vegan and gluten free options served for those with dietary restrictions. You are also welcome to bring a snack to share if you wish.
Breakfast typically includes cereal, hard-boiled eggs, fruit, bread, and rice cakes. Coffee is served at breakfast only. Lunch, which is the main meal of the day, consists of a protein, a grain, vegetables, and salad. A light supper of soup, with either salad or fruit, as well as some surprises, is offered each evening.