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.
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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.
Announcing the theme of the first Men's Great gathering of 2017:
*21ST CENTURY BODHISATTVA*
24th - 26th February
Led by Dharmashalin and Vajrashura, with talks by Akkupa and Padmavajra
A weekend open to all men familiar with Triratna puja and meditation, exploring how to live out the altruistic ideal of Buddhism in the modern world.
For more info and all bookings:
Over the past week we've had the privileged of welcoming and hosting Yashosagara, Adityabodhi and Amoghasiddhi, 3 public preceptors from India. As well as keeping the community well supplied with tasty Chai and stories from India they spent time in retreat with both Padmavajra and Satyaraja, focusing on meditation teachings to take back and share with our brothers and sisters in India. It has been a real joy to have them here at Padmaloka and we wish them a safe onward journey.
-Padmaloka Sub 35s Retreats-
*STEERING TO THE DEEP*
2nd - 4th of December
A weekend exploring the profundity of the Dharma through talks, discussion, ritual, friendship and meditation.
"Just as the mighty ocean has but one taste, the taste of salt, even so the Dharma has but one taste, the taste of Freedom. "
Open to all men aged 18-35 and led by a team of young Order members.
Today the Padmaloka Community led a Work Morning to clear the Surlingham Village allotment pathway. The path had become overgrown with bushes, brambles and nettles, making access to the playpark difficult, especially for pushchairs. We were joined by local residents including Buffy the Black Labrador and we finished clearing the pathway throughout the morning.
The work morning ended suddenly when we accidentally disturbed a wasps nest, resulting in a few stings and a lot of running.