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.
Details and Timings
The retreat will start with hellos and an introduction at 8pm on the first evening, and finish with meditation and transference of merits on the final morning at 7am. The complete programme for each full day of the retreat 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 an 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, 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 a deposit of £35, 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.
Please Note: Bookings for this event will close on Friday 19th
Banner and thumbnail image: cropped painting of The Refuge Tree by Aloka © from the Padmaloka Main House Corridor