This page is for booking onto the online aspect of the System of Dharma Life hybrid retreat.
Committing oneself to a clear and specific system of Dharma training is essential to an effective Going for Refuge.
Sangharakshita has provided the Triratna Buddhist Order with such a course of training, with our teachings and practices structured around: integration; skilful action or positive emotion; shunyata or spiritual death; bodhicitta or spiritual rebirth; and Dharmic responsiveness or spiritual receptivity. These five aspects or stages of the Dharma life will be the basis of meditation, reflection and study on this retreat.
Each event on the programme will be done via the online platform Zoom, either from the shrine room or in study groups
On the first evening we will gather for an introductory event at 8pm.
On the following days, the programme will be as follows:
• 7am: Double Meditation until 8:30pm
• 11am: Study session until 1pm with a break half way through
• 4:30pm: Meditation, until roughly 5:15pm
• 8pm: Evening shrine room activity
The retreat will finish with the final shrine event on the last full day.
Further technical details will be provided once you have booked a place.
Preparing for the Online Event
To make the most of the retreat we recommend that as far as possible you create retreat-like conditions at home. This might include reducing input, maintaining a daily meditation practice, and taking time to reflect and absorb the meditation and study.
Giving a Donation
These events are run on a donation basis.
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 Ordination and the Dharma life.
Banner and thumbnail image: cropped painting of Amoghasiddhi by Aloka © from the Padmaloka Shrine Room