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The Ten Pillars

Friday, 26 November 2021 to Friday, 3 December 2021

The ten Dharmachari precepts are what an Order member lives by; they are what Sangharakshita has called ‘the Mula Pratimoksha’ – the basic ethical code.

On this retreat we will study these ‘Ten Pillars’ of Buddhism, as well as reflecting on and discussing them in the context of our spiritual lives.

Please arrive having studied Sangharakshita's book 'The Ten Pillars of Buddhism'.

We recommend taking notes on each chapter and arriving with points of interest that you wish to explore further in the study groups.

Health and Hygiene

It is vital that you don't come on retreat if you have any symptoms of Covid-19, including a cough, loss or change of smell or taste, a temperature, or any other cold or flu-like symptoms; or if you have been in contact with anyone who has within the past 14 days.

We ask that you take two Lateral Flow Test, one 48 hours before arrival and a second within 24 hours of the retreat starting.
If you haven't taken one by the time you arrive at Padmaloka, we will ask you to do one upon arrival and you will have to wait for the result before entering the buildings.
You can order them free from the UK Government here: Lateral Flow Tests, or from most pharmacies.

We will be observing strict hygiene and social distancing protocols during the retreat, details of which you can find in our risk assessment here: Padmaloka Risk Assessment

In coming on retreat you also agree to observe measures laid out in our coming on retreat page here: Coming on Retreat
As well as contained within the 'Essential Guide to Being at Padmaloka during Covid', which can be found here: An Essential Guide

We will be taking every measure we can to prevent the spreading of Covid-19 during retreats, but despite this, there will still remain a risk to those who attend; please consider this when coming on retreat.

If you are unable to attend the retreat due to illness or local lockdown measures then your booking can be transferred to the online aspect of the retreat, or to a future retreat.

Moving Online

Depending on the circumstances of the worldwide pandemic this retreat may have to move online at short notice, if so we can transfer your booking and deposit to an online space; you would also be welcome to transfer your deposit to a future retreat on the programme or to have it refunded.

A Dana Retreat

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 week-long retreat, the amounts are as follows:

• Waged: £369
• Concession: £321
• Unwaged: £264

These retreats will have higher running costs than ordinary retreats due to the restricted number of attendees, as well as the extra hygiene precautions we are taking to ensure the safety of all those involved; so we ask that you give as generously as you can to support Padmaloka through the Covid-19 pandemic.

There will be an opportunity to donate near the end of the retreat, or you can do so any time online, but please note that by law we are unable to refund donations once they have been given.

Due to limited spaces, please only book onto one retreat in each four-month phase, though you are welcome to contact the Guestmaster to be put on the waiting list for more retreats in case last-minute places turn up.

This retreat is now fully booked. Please contact the guestmaster on info@padmaloka.org.uk to register for the waiting list.

Banner and thumbnail image: photo of Rupa made by Aloka © from the Padmaloka Shrine Room

Led By: 
Ordination Team
Retreat Open To: 
Men training for ordination in UK and Europe
Retreat Type: 
Going for Refuge Retreat
Booking Availability: 
Fully Booked - Waiting List Available