Buddha Beyond Buddhism Workshop
June 8 @ 2:30 pm - 5:00 pm£25.00
After 2,500 years, the Buddha’s teaching of awakening appears in innumerable forms. This workshop will explore how people today can tap into the streams of the original source and awaken to the same truth
In this workshop there will be an opportunity to learn how the evolution of Buddhism’s rich history has created a unique opportunity to take up a simple, accessible and transformative path of practice that transcends religion and belief, and cultivates the wisdom and compassion that is so needed in this modern world. We will have an opportunity to hear about the Buddha’s teaching and how this has changed in presentation over time, leading to a range of opportunities to realise the truth that the Buddha originally entered into. With simple and profound guided meditation, we will explore together what it is to be fully human and how both everyday frustrations and deep existential anxiety are magnified through misunderstanding the truth of who we are and how the world is. In doing this, we may realise a path of practice free from the dust of the world by compassionately opening to it. There will be an opportunity for discussions, questions and answers as we enter into this practice together. Please join us.
Devin is currently the Director of Gaia House, one of Europe’s largest and most respected silent meditation retreat centres. Prior to this, as a BACP accredited counsellor, he worked therapeutically, as a trainer and leader in a range of substance misuse settings for over twelve years and became the primary Mindfulness Based Relapse Prevention teacher trainer in the UK. Devin has had a daily meditation practice for twenty years and was awarded a first class Master’s Degree in Mindfulness Based Approaches from the University of Bangor. He organises and leads a number of meditation retreats and groups throughout the year including ten years working for the prison service as a part time Buddhist Chaplain where his focus is on the early teachings of Buddhism, however, he also practices Soto Zen with community in the lineage of Shunryu Suzuki and Reb Anderson.
Devin is the author of several publications on Mindfulness approaches to addiction;
Ashwood, D & Rowley, J., (2016). Improving Addiction Workforce Skills. In W. Mistral. (Ed.), Integrated Approaches to Drug & Alcohol Problems: Action on Addiction. London, UK: Routledge.
Ashwood, D., (2014). Buddhism and Addiction. In A. Pycroft. (Ed.), Key concepts in substance misuse (pp. 134-143). London, UK: Sage.