Sunday, January 17, 2010

Self-centred Buddhism

At a meditation retreat, I learned to watch myself. But would it be more effective if the aim wasn't my own wellbeing?

Western Buddhism can be a serious business. If you travel to Newton Abbot in Devon, and then make your way a few miles further west – through the village of East Ogwell, and then the hamlet of West Ogwell – you arrive at Gaia House, one of the places in the UK where western Buddhism is being forged with impressive commitment. It's a meditation centre. Run by volunteers, who offer a year at a time to manage the place, it hosts retreats – periods of time, running from a single day to many weeks, during which retreatants meditate. (More)

Source: The Guardian

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