Call of the Heart: Chanting and Meditation with Gabriella and Cesare
Bodhicharya Kent is very happy to be hosting this day of Buddhist Sanskrit Chanting and Meditation with our special guest, Gabriella Burnel.
The day will include guided meditations on awareness, loving kindness and evoking our Inner Guru, through the chanting of Buddhist mantras in the Kirtan call and response style.
Your Sanskrit Chant leader for the day - Gabriella Burnel
Gabriella Burnel was introduced to the ancient Indian language of Sanskrit when only a baby through her mother and father who themselves study Sanskrit, Vedic philosophy and practice meditation. Sanskrit was also one of the first lessons Gabriella had at school, aged 4 years old, so her connection to the language has been strong since coming into the world.
Gabriella went onto gain a Sanskrit degree from Oxford University where she had a singing scholarship, and is now continuing her study in India, exploring the connection between Vedic chanting and healing.
A love of music and Sanskrit radiating from every cell of her being, Gabriella sings straight from the heart and teaches chanting in an effortless, fun and informative way, dropping in spontaneous spiritual insights linked to the meaning inherent in the language as she goes, like only a Sanskrit Scholar and spiritual practitioner truly can. The rhythm, the sound, the musicality of the language is what attracts her. It is like a dance. Chanting with Gabriella is a heart opening, cleansing, enlightening and uplifting experience you will not forget.
Here is a recording of the Buddha's Heart Sutra in Sanskrit that Gabriella recorded:
Here is an excerpt of a recent interview with Gabriella at the Festival of Bharat about her love of Sanskrit:
Gabriella teaches Sanskrit and leads regular chanting sessions, otherwise known as Kirtan around the UK and abroad. In May 2019 she released her first official album as Gaiea.
Your Meditation teacher for the day - Cesare Saguato
Cesare has been exploring meditative and contemplative practices from the east and west since 1999 and studying Buddhism and practising Buddhist meditation since 2007. Since then he has been present at many teachings and sat a number of short retreats in Europe and India at the feet of internationally recognised meditation masters, mainly within the Tibetan Buddhist tradition.
In 2013 he set up Bodhicharya Kent and since then has been leading thriving Buddhist meditation and reflection evenings amongst a growing community of practitioners under the guidance of his main teacher, Ringu Tulku Rinpoche.
Suggested donation of £20
Your presence is valued far more than your money, so please do not let lack of funds be an obstacle to you attending this day.
You can pay on the day or reserve your spot via the PayPal link below:
Tea, coffee and biscuits shall all be provided.
We will go and have a donation based vegetarian lunch at a local near by venue and national landmark, which is always a nice surprise for those who do not know it or haven't been before.
The closest train station is Gravesend Train station and then it is only a short walk to St. Andrews Art Centre.
There is some free parking outside the venue and on the surrounding roads on Sunday but please do check before leaving your car.
Royal Pier Road Gravesend DA12 2BD
What to Bring
Please bring a yoga mat or blanket to lie down on for some of the practice and warm, comfortable, cosy clothes. There will be chairs and some meditation cushions also but if you have your own cushion, then please do bring it as they are limited, thank you.
Everyone is welcome and we hope you can join us for this beautiful day of practice together!
For more info >>> www.bodhicharya-kent.org