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Touching Ground – Online Retreat With Erric Solomon

October 8 October 10

The Buddha is often depicted in what is known as the ‘earth touching gesture’, which symbolizes the Buddha’s enlightenment, when he summoned the earth to bear witness to his awakening or enlightenment. It’s a very powerful symbol, and this moment of the buddha’s fingertips gently touching the ground is something that we can all relate to. Whether it be the feeling of the earth in our hands, a sense of ‘being grounded’ in the world around us, or perhaps a glimpse of feeling grounded within our own being, we all have some familiarity or even trust in ‘ground’. The ground is about starting where we are. It is both within us and all around us.

In this retreat, we will explore what it means to be in touch with our ground, exploring how we experience it and how this can support us. What do we already feel, sense and know about being in touch with the ground? How does bringing our attention to the body help us in this process?

Over the course of the retreat, Erric will guide us using talks, personal reflection and meditation exercises. Erric’s retreats are characterised by a relaxed and warm atmosphere, the aim of which is to shed light on our own ground and help bring openness, confidence and stability.

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Suggested Reading

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Ngawang Zangpo, Guru Rinpoche: His Life and Times, Ithaca: Snow Lion, 2002.

Nyoshul Khenpo, A Marvelous Garland of Rare Gems: Biographies of Masters of Awareness in the Dzogchen Lineage, trans. Richard Barron (Junction City: Padma Publishing, 2005), pages 41–48.

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‘The Life of Guru Padmasambhava’ in A Great Treasure of Blessings, The Tertön Sogyal Trust, 2004.