Mary Magdalene, the outsider welcomed into the fold who became the Apostle to the Apostles, is commemorated in the Anglican communion on July 22nd each year. This painting of her is from Ripon Cathedral in North Yorkshire, England.
Tomorrow is the final day of the meditation course I’ve been teaching over at Vipassana Fellowship since April. As always, we’ve been a very eclectic bunch of meditators from different religious traditions and cultures. We’ve explored calm and insight techniques from the Theravada school in the hope that this intensive period of dedicated practice will enrich our individual and collective spiritual journey.
I head off for my own journey at the end of next week and will be away from email during August. There may be occasional blog posts at quernmore.com from my retreat. I’ll see how it goes.
Our next online meditation course begins on September 15th and applications can be submitted over the summer. The course lasts 12 weeks and is intended for both beginners and those looking to refresh their sitting practice. The methods used are early Buddhist but applicable to anyone with a contemplative spirit. We’re usually a very varied group of Christians, Buddhists, Hindus, Jews, Muslims, and Agnostics sitting together in a common pursuit from our many different countries. Course details.