Dhamma Adventures in Germany
After Ajahn Brahm's tour, I spent a month as a guest of the BGH Hamburg, one of the oldest Buddhist Societys in Europe. I was warmly welcomed and invited to guide bi-weekly sutta and meditation classes, where we covered topics such as communal harmony, resolving conflict, and right view. I was impressed by the participants knowledge and engagement with the teachings, and how they sincerely try to apply them in every day life.
I also led a weekend retreat. We enquired into ways of befriending our body, emotions, physical sensations, thoughts and even meditation objects such as happiness, by cultivating compassionate awareness in our relationship to experience. We found this especially important when encountering those aspects of ourselves that we tend to reject, or dissociate from, and the negative inner-talk many of us get habituated to.
Unfortunately the recordings I took were very poor quality, but I hope to hold a similarly themed retreat in England next spring so I can share the teachings with you in person.