with Valerie (Vimalasara) Mason-John
April 17 - 19, 2020
Addiction, compulsion, dependence, obsession, craving, infatuation—whatever you want to call it, you know it when you’re in it. Thoughts can be addicting, just like eating, drinking, shopping, or gambling, a fact the Buddha understood well. Luckily (or unluckily, depending on how you look at it), people haven’t changed much in 2,500 years. The teachings of the eightfold path are still useful, dependable lessons, available to help the ordinary person step out of the cycle of samsara and addiction. In this retreat, Vimalasara (Valerie Mason-John), chair of the Triratna Vancouver Buddhist Centre, will illuminate how the Buddhist teachings can relieve you of your own addictions. Through guided meditations, liturgy and other forms of Buddhist practice, Vimalasara will uncover the sources of our craving and how to address this suffering to break the habitual patterns of addiction and the suffering caused by addiction.