Going for Refuge to the Buddha, Dharma and Sangha (‘the Three Jewels’) is ‘the central and definitive act of the Buddhist life’ and ‘the unifying principle, therefore, of Buddhism itself,’ according to Sangharakshita.
Ordination training is orientated towards a progressive deepening of Going for Refuge until it becomes effective in all aspects of our lives; the ceremony of ordination involves the witnessing, by senior Order members, of this effective Going for Refuge. During this online seminar, we will study Padmavajra's series of talks ‘The Best of Refuges’ and explore how we can make the Three Jewels even more central to our lives.
We will be live streaming from the Shrine Room, inviting you to join our morning meditation and chanting of the Tiratana Vandana from 7am, as well as the Going for Refuge and Prostration Practice ay 4:30pm in the afternoon. There will also be the opportunity to join the Padmaloka Community for some pujas.
There will be a study session held using Zoom each morning which will start at 10:50am and finish at 1pm, with a break in between.
Further technical details will be provided once you have booked a place.
Preparing for the Seminar
To get the most out of the study seminar we recommend that as far as possible you create retreat-like conditions at home. This might include reducing input, maintaining a daily meditation practice, taking up the Going for Refuge and Prostration Practice and performing regular pujas.
Please arrive having studied Padmavajra's booklet 'The Best of Refuges', which you can order from the Padmaloka shop. We recommend taking notes on each chapter and arriving with points of interest that you wish to explore further in the study groups.
Giving a Donation
These seminars are run on a donation basis.
Having needed to cancel all retreats until the end of August due to covid-19, our finances will be affected significantly, losing an average of nearly £20,000 in retreat income each month.
Retreat income provides the biggest source of Padmaloka’s income and it is not yet known when we will be able to host retreats again. Consequently, donations made during this period are deeply appreciated and will make a big difference.
Your donation is an opportunity to be a part of the culture of generosity that sits at the heart of Padmaloka, to help keep that heart alive and thriving, and to contribute towards the short and long term ability of Padmaloka to be able to keep on giving that most precious and essential gift of the Dharma to as many men as possible.
We ask that you give what you can based on your current financial circumstances.
If your financial circumstances are healthy, then we would invite you to give generously, but if not, don't let money be an obstacle - what we want most is for men to be able to participate in these events and continue their training in Ondination and the Dharma life.