Who am I? What is truth? What is special about a human being?
These questions are as familiar to us now as they have been to others for thousands of years.
Somewhere around 3,000 years ago Upanishads were distilled from the ancient Vedas. They point towards answers to these universal questions, through loving, finely-reasoned pupil-teacher conversations, and beautiful poetry. Careful traditions have preserved them through the millennia, and western interest has grown steadily.
This weekend offers an overview of Upanishads and an introduction to four of the most important ones: the Isha, Taittiriya, Katha and Brhadaranyaka.
There will be reading, discussion, quiet reflective study and a little chanting.
Students attending are asked to arrive by 8 pm on the Friday evening and departure will be at 4.30 pm on Sunday. Sleeping accommodation is provided in shared rooms. Bed linen is available to hire for a small charge or students may wish to bring their own. There will be light group activities during the weekend including catering and cleaning. Those with special dietary needs should mention these when booking.
The charge for the weekend is £55 with a concessionary rate of £44 for those fully retired or unwaged.