In this retreat, Tryg and Trudy skillfully wove a beautiful tapestry on the nature of impermanence and the preciousness of our human lives. Trudy offered deep guided meditations including experiencing the dissolution of the body at death.
Trudy presented “The Five Invitations: Discovering What Death Can Teach Us About Living Fully” by Frank Ostaseski. Each day we explored one invitation which included: Don’t Wait; Welcome everything and Push away Nothing; Bring your whole Self to the Experience; Find a Place of Rest in the Middle of Things; and Cultivate Don’t Know Mind.
Sitting in circle, we had many opportunities to share our personal life experiences. Some of us have had near-death experiences and all have also lost loved ones.
We learned Buddhist prayers on loving kindness, gratitude for our precious human lives and sharing the merit of our practices with all sentient beings. Living and embodying these practices gives greater meaning to our lives.
Tryg’s exposition on the major Arcana cards of the Tarot were enhanced by beautiful hand-made felt tapestries. It was the first time I could appreciate the interconnectedness of these archetypal energies. I found that deeply revealing into our own natures and our potential for growth. It was awesome.
'I had the good fortune to participate in two retreats at the Dharma Center during August 2019. Both “The Life Moves” and “Kindness, Death / Dying Tarot” retreats left me feeling not only happier and more at peace but also energized. The teachers, the staff and those participating in the retreat made the experience very rewarding. The teachers who were Terry, Tryg and Trudy, were not only exceptionally knowledgeable but also provided a loving, kindness space to learn and share in. The students, even though they were from different backgrounds, experiences and a wide range of ages (19 to 80) came together and were supportive throughout the entire time I was there. The staff was wonderful. Marion, who answered all my questions on the phone and by email, lent me a flashlight and clock which I had forgotten to bring. The food was deliciously satisfying and nutritious. It was prepared with love and delightful to the eye. I highly recommend the Dharma Centre. The teachers and staff care about those who seek refuge there and welcome everyone from the beginner to the advanced. A big thank you to all of you.' Gail from the Niagara Region
'How wonderful the seeds planted in the sharings of the circle!! For this being, there was first some questions about what it means to live with kindfull-ness. These seemed to naturally lead to wondering about living skillfully in general, with an awareness of the impermanence embedded in life.. The many questions and meditations weaving their way into the depth, dreams responded with symbols from the Western mystery tradition!?! Wow! What a wonderful mystery of interconnections that rekindles the preciousness of practice. So much gratefulness for these profound teachings.' Marie-Andree