This page is for booking onto the online aspect of the Essential Meditation hybrid retreat.
This is a foundation retreat teaching good meditation practice. It is suitable for both those who are relatively new, who have a regular meditation practice and who want to establish it on sound principles, as well as to experienced meditators who wish to breathe new life into their meditation.
It will cover all areas of working in meditation from posture, balanced effort, working on the hindrances, to access concentration, the dhyanas and insight.
The emphasis will be practical and experiential and on learning meditation skills that one can then take away and use in daily meditation practice.
Each event on the programme will be done via the online platform Zoom.
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 8:40pm
• 10:30am: Meditation Instruction followed by a led meditation
• 4:30pm: Meditation
• 7:30 - 8:00pm Meditation Reviews
• 8pm: Evening shrine room activity
We 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 event we recommend that as far as possible you create retreat-like conditions at home. This might include reducing input and taking time to reflect and absorb the meditation. You can find some more ideas and guidance on being on an online event here: A Guide to Online Events
A Dana Event
After a deposit of £70, these events will be run on a donation basis.
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.
Banner and thumbnail image: cropped painting of Shakyamuni by Aloka © from the Padmaloka Shrine Room