'Only the spiritual friend can help you to go further, beyond the worlds of the devas and the brahmās, beyond all that is conditioned, to Nirvana. For, as the Buddha told Ānanda, if a man had a spiritual friend it was to be expected that he would develop and cultivate the Perfect Eightfold Path.' - Sangharakshita
For those of you who weren't able to join us for the recent Great Gathering, you can listen to the inspiring talks given by Vadanya and Padmavajra here:
The 2018 programme has arrived at Padmaloka.
Over the next few days we will be busy packing them up and delivering them directly to you and to your local Triratna Centre.
We really hope you enjoy the programme when it arrives. Everyone at Padmaloka is very excited about the year ahead not least because it is the 50th anniversary of the Order. The pages are infused with the Bodhisattva Ideal from first page to last. Aloka’s art, writings from the Ordination Team and quotes from our teachers all serve to bring the ideal to life.
'To live without looking up to anyone represents an impoverishment of one’s emotional life and, indeed, an impairment of one’s very humanity.' - Sangharakshita
This week we have announced the theme for our Ordination Training weekend in September - The Garava Sutta. It promises to be a rich and inspiring weekend and the quote above comes from a recent article by Sangharakshita on 'garava'. To read more about the weekend and book your place follow the link below:
The upcoming Mythic Context retreat is now fully booked.
We're delighted to announce that during this retreat, 5 men will be ordained and there will be a Public Ordination held on the 30th of September.
If you would like to attend the Public Ordination, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
(image -detail of painting at Padmaloka by Dh. Garava)
When people come to Padmaloka in the summer one of the things they comment on the most is how beautiful the gardens are. Over the last 4 months, David Elliot has tirelessly cut, chopped, pruned, fed the local mosquitoes and worked directly with the impermanence of nature. Yesterday we waved him off as he sped back to Wales on his motorbike. It has been a real pleasure to have David as part of the community this summer, a big thanks to him for all his hard work and dedication, we wish him well and look forward to seeing him again.
As part of our 2017 Men's Open Summer Retreat relaunch, alongside Dharma talks from Saddharaja and optional led yoga sessions with Dharmapriya, we can now confirm that Aloka has agreed to come and do a question and answer session with us on the retreat.
To book your place: https://www.padmaloka.org.uk/retreats/2017/gateways-enlightenment
On Tuesday the 28th of March 2017 at 14:30, Jytoipala was publicly re-Ordained here at Padmaloka by Padmavajra. Jyotipala was originally Ordained here at Padmaloka by Sangharakshita on our first ever long retreat, held in August 1976.
To view more photos visit: https://thebuddhistcentre.com/padmaloka/photos-jyotipalas-public-re-ordi...
I am delighted to be able to announce that Jyotipala will be having his Public Ordination at Padmaloka on Tuesday 28th March at 2.30 pm.
Ordination Training Retreat February 10th - 17th
"The Cosmic Going for Refuge Tree"
Following the success and inspiration of last year's retreat, we are revisiting the theme of the Cosmic Going for Refuge Tree this February. We will explore the many dimensions of the Refuge Tree by way of the prostration practice itself, meditation, reflection, readings from the figures on the Refuge Tree, working with imagery, and some study.