Rinpoche taught several times throughout the Retreat, giving instruction on meditation. He also shared teachings of the Buddha on how to use meditation to directly face and overcome difficulties and negative emotions like anger, in both the personal and professional lives of the participants.
All the participants expressed enormous gratitude for the opportunity to receive these precious teachings and many of those who have attended Practical Wisdom Retreats in past years said how important they have been in changing their personal lives and helping them in their leadership roles.
The first Practical Wisdom Retreat
The Practical Wisdom programme aims to bring the teachings of the Buddha to people who, because of their position as leaders in the community, are able to have a beneficial influence in the world. The participants are personally invited into the programme and they come from the business world, as well as from community, arts, non-profit and philanthropic organisations. In addition to the annual Practical Wisdom Retreat, some of the participants meet once a month to watch teachings and to study and practise together. These sessions are led by senior Rigpa instructors.
Practical Wisdom and some of the programme's participants, have given substantial support to Sogyal Rinpoche's activities over the last few years, including sponsoring students to attend the Three Year Retreat at Lerab Ling, donating to the Terton Sogyal Trust Endowment Fund, and supporting various Rigpa