This page is for booking onto the Online aspect of The Meaning of Conversion in Buddhism hybrid retreat.
Ordination into the Triratana Buddhist Order is the witnessing of the profound act of Going for Refuge. Going for Refuge involves a total transformation of our being and our relationship with others.
In order to gain a deeper understanding of what that entails we will be studying an early lecture series of Bhante Sangharakshita - The Meaning of Conversion in Buddhism - which explores four important turning points in this process of total transformation as described in the Buddhist tradition: Going for Refuge, Stream Entry, the Arising of the Bodhicitta, and the Paravrtti or 'turning about in the deepest seat of consciousness'.
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
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, 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 £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.
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