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Becoming the Greatest Benefactor – The Life of Kalyana Mitrata

The Great Gampopa describes the spiritual friend in the form of an ordinary human being as our greatest benefactor.

On this Order retreat, we will be exploring how we can become better kalyana mitras to others. We will do this through talks, discussion groups, the practice of Guru Yoga and other meditations, puja and simply being with one another.

To book onto the retreat or to find out more, please follow this link: https://bit.ly/KalyanaMitrata

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Men's Area Order Weekend | The Four Bases of Power - Developing Potency in the Dharmacharya

The four bases of power are set of qualities that lead to a deeper experience of reality, and when conjoined form a formidable force, a power, or even a potency that one can wield in the Dharma Life.

During this Order weekend we will clarify and develop our sense of the Order as a force of good in the world - a force that that can lead to liberation of mind and heart.

There will be talks, discussions, lead sadhanas and pujas.

Men’s Great Gathering Weekend 2 | The Cremation Ground and The Celestial Maidens

Join us for this weekend retreat as we contemplate the dramatic and challenging scene of Padmasambhava dwelling in the cremation grounds, surrounded by countless of dakinis.

This retreat takes place between the 3rd and the 5th of June and is open for men familiar with meditation as taught in Triratna and open to Buddhist ritual.

Brahmaviharas – The Heart of Reality

This retreat will be an opportunity to explore profound dimensions of positive emotion and take the practice of the Metta Bhavana towards new depths.

The Brahmaviharas - metta, mudita, karuna and upekkha - encourage us to be honest about our feelings towards others while also giving us a taste of the sublime emotions of the Buddhas and Bodhisattvas.

This retreat will take place between the 2nd and the 16th of July, and is open for mitras, men training for ordination, and Dharmacaris.

Young Men's Retreat | Padmasambhava: Entering the Realm of the Guru

In this video are just a few aspects mentioned from last Young Men’s weekend retreat held here at Padmaloka.

At the end of this month there’s a weeklong one on the same theme, with the same team, at the same place, and it’ll be even more epic than the last one.

Make sure you don’t miss it!

The retreat will take place between 29/4 and 6/5 and is open for Men between the age of 18 and 30.

'What is the Order?' | A New Series of Talks

In this series of talks given during the ‘What is the Order?’ retreat at Padmaloka, five speakers explore the spiritual significance of the four acceptance verses that are recited during the sacred act of ordination, and which lies at the very heart of the Dharma life.

The centrality of Bhante Urgyen Sangharakshita, the ineffability of Enlightenment, the nature of true communication and the profound mystery of the Bodhisattva Ideal are just a few of the themes covered in this series.

The Complete Works | Study Bundle

The Complete Works volumes are an incredibly precious resource and of great importance in developing an understanding of the teachings and practices within Triratna as laid out by Bhante Sangharakshita.

They have now been produced as a Study Bundle of 6 volumes which can be ordered at a discount with a free delivery.

For more information, please follow this link: https://www.windhorsepublications.com/product/complete-works-study-bundl...

The Secret Refuges Retreat | 26-31 May

The Secret Refuges: Thursday, 26 May to Tuesday 31 May 2022

Info and booking: https://www.padmaloka.org.uk/retreats/2022/secret-refuges

In his first lecture on the levels of Going for Refuge given in 1978, Bhante Urgyen Sangharakshita described the level of Effective Going for Refuge in terms of the secret or esoteric Refuges of the Buddhist Tantric tradition, which are the Guru, the Yidam and the Dakini.