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Lightning Flashes from the Blue Beyond - Set Seven

The Seventh Flash of Lightning!

The whole seventh set of short talks by Padmavajra on the life and liberation of Padmasambhava is now available on our YouTube channel.

In this set of talks, we’ll hear Padmasambhava’s Song of Liberation. In this song, he sings of leaving for the realms of Crystal Clarity, Great Abundance, Raging Bliss, Green Lights and the Midnight Sun, and the Great Space of Pure Pleasure. And we’ll see how we can follow the journey of the Precious Guru to these mysterious and wonderful worlds by chanting his mantra.

The Smooth Road to Emancipation - Online Guru Yoga Weekend for all Dharmacharis and Dharmacharinis

This is a special online weekend lead by Padmavajra at Padmaloka on the Guru Yoga from the Tharpe Delam. Bhante was introduced to this practice by the Venerable Khachu Rinpoche at the time of receiving the Padmasambhava abhishekha. He made his own translation of the text with the help of Dhardo Rinpoche and introduced Padmavajra to the practice in 1976.

The Padmaloka Spring 2021 Programme

For the caravan of famished beings wandering the road of existence, hungry for the enjoyment of happiness, this is a feast of happiness offered as refreshment to all who come.

Santideva - the Bodhicaryavatara

We've just released our new programme for Spring next year - a feast offering of residential, hybrid and online retreats - and we are warmly inviting you to join us in whatever way that you can.

'What is the Order?' Online - Available Spaces

We’re happy to announce that the capacity for the online component of the ‘What is the Order?’ retreat has been increased, so there are now spaces available for booking.

Going for Refuge to the Buddha, Dharma and Sangha needs a specific spiritual community for it to be fully expressed: it needs, in other words, an Order. During this retreat we’ll explore what the Triratna Buddhist Order is, the Order that transcends the distinction between monk and lay and places the spiritual and existential act of Going for Refuge at its very heart.

Reverencing the Guru

Last Friday on Bhante Sangharakshita’s second death anniversary, Padmavajra gave a very personal talk to the Padmaloka Community and to the Dublin Men's Sangha who requested the talk and joined us via Zoom for the evening.

In the talk, Padmavajra tells us about his connection with Bhante Urgyen Sangharakshita, including his first and last meetings with him, as well as a number of other significant meetings in between. Padmavajra is in no doubt that his meeting with Bhante completely changed his life.

An Update on Retreats at Padmaloka

We’re sorry to announce that following the UK prime ministers briefing last night of a nationwide lockdown, we will be suspending our residential events here at Padmaloka.

However, the beauty of hosting hybrid events is their flexibility, so the online aspect of our retreats will continue to run, and people from all over the UK and Europe will virtually gather here at Padmaloka to join the community for study, meditation and puja.

The Taste of Freedom - Padmavajra

During the Men's Great Gathering at Padmaloka, Padmavajra explored the Buddha's proclamation that just as the great and mighty ocean has the taste of salt, the Buddha's Dhamma has the taste of freedom.
By freedom, the Buddha meant complete liberation from the wheel of life, but he also indicated the importance of social freedom.

In his talk, Padmavajra begins with a quotation from the great Indian Dalit leader, Dr B R Ambedkar on the occasion of the great mass conversion to Buddhism of hundreds and thousands of Dalits.

Five New Dharmacharis

Dear all,
We're delighted to announce that 5 new Dharmacharis were ordained here at Padmaloka on 1 October 2020.
After the ceremony, the clouds cleared tp reveal the sun and then after a rain shower a double rainbow appeared. An auspicious end to an auspicious afternoon.

- Public preceptor: Satyaraja -

Alex Stirling becomes Shraddhavadin
He who communicates confidence in the Dharma
Private preceptor: Mahashraddha

Clive Fletcher becomes Karunadhara
He who is a bearer of compassion
Private preceptor: Danapriya