This page is for booking onto the online aspect of the Autumn Great Gathering hybrid retreat.
The Lightning Bolt of Compassion - Padmasambhava - the Master for Troubled Times
This autumn's Great Gathering will be focussing on the great Tantric Guru Padmasambhava - the Lotus-Born - Guru Rinpoche - the Greatly Precious Guru. Padmasambhava is credited with the transformation of Tibet into a land of the Dharma. He is especially famed for the taming of the Tibetan gods of place, transforming them into protectors of the Dharma. But Padmasambhava has universal significance because he is the embodiment of all the riches of Buddhahood. He is siddha, yogi, spiritual friend, beloved lord and master. He is the Lightning Bolt of Compassion reaching into the depths of life, the master who tames, pacifies and transforms all troubles and misfortunes, bringing them onto the Path. With his inspiration, we will learn this weekend how to face and transform the troubles of our own age. We will do our best to gaze at them with his fearless gaze and tremendous skill.
The weekend will include meditation sessions, rousing pujas, discussion groups and time to make friends with one another. And there will be talks by Bodhinaga and Padmavajra devoted to Padmasambhava.
Details and Timings
The retreat will start with an introduction at 8pm on the first evening, and finish at 1pm on the Sunday. The complete programme for each full day will be sent out closer to the start of the retreat, and it will include morning meditation at 7am, a mid-morning event, a mid-afternoon event, and an evening event.
Each event will be done via the online platform Zoom, and further technical details will be sent out when you book.
Preparing for the Weekend
To make the most of the weekend 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. You can find some more ideas and guidance on being on an online event here: A Guide to Online Events
A Dana Event
After the deposit, there will be a dana appeal at the end of the retreat where you will have the opportunity to support Padmaloka with a donation.
People often want to donate a similar amount to the retreat rates used in the past on a weekend retreats, the amounts are as follows:
• Waged: £109
• Concession: £68
• Unwaged: £48
There will be an opportunity to donate on the last day, or you can do so any time online, but please be aware that by law we are unable to refund donations once they have been given.
Dana gives 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, so please do consider donating what you can based upon your circumstances.
Please Note: Bookings for this event will close midday on Thursday 21st of October
Banner and thumbnail image: cropped painting of Padmasambhava by Aloka © from the Padmaloka Room