Something interesting I just received from the FWBO-oriented Melbourne Buddhist Centre via e-mail.
You are invited to come and attend the International Urban Retreat
that will be held at the Melbourne Buddhist Centre from 20 to 27 June.
The Urban retreat is open to anyone who knows the Metta Bhavana and Mindfulness of Breathing meditation practices. It will provide an encouraging environment for everyone at all levels of experience, who has a desire to deepen their practice in their everyday lives. Over 30 other FWBO centres spanning 14 countries around the world will be participating. Worldwide we are expecting over 1000 people to be involved. This will create a greater sense of being part of a wider community of FWBO practitioners.
The theme of the retreat is “life with full attention”.
For those who haven’t done an urban retreat before, it typically starts with a day at your local centre, during which participants are encouraged to think about how they would like to practise in the next week, and to become aware of what may help or hinder that. Suggestions will be given on various ways to support you in this. Collectively we will commit ourselves to this week of practice through an aspirational puja.
The urban retreat enables people to gain confidence that they can really practise amidst their daily lives, along with getting to know people at their local centre.
If you don’t live near the centre or are unable to attend both Saturdays, then it is possible to participate through the online version: www.theurbanretreat.org
What do you think about the concept of an Urban Retreat?
Is there an application for such a thing within Theravadin circles?