This page is for booking onto the online aspect of the Transcendental Principle hybrid retreat.
Intensive study of the first chapter of Sangharakshita’s magnum opus, ‘A Survey of Buddhism’, is a fundamental part of ordination training.
The purpose of the study is to deepen one’s practical understanding of the Dharma – the basic doctrines and teachings of the Buddha, such as conditioned co-production, the three marks of conditioned existence, the four noble truths and the noble eightfold path. According to Subhuti in the foreword to the most recent edition (published as part of the Complete Works of Sangharakshita), this study ‘usually has considerable impact since it introduces trainees so clearly and inspiringly to the transcendent dimension of the Dharma.’
During this retreat we'll be studying sections 8-16 (Only the beginning of chapter 16 up to the paragraph staring with "With this rudimentary account of the Middle Path by way of introduction...") of Chapter One of Sangharakshita’s A Survey of Buddhism; we recommend taking notes on each section of the chapter, and giving plenty of time in advance to do so. Please also prepare points of interest from each section that you wish to explore further in the study groups.
An Audio version of the text can be found here: https://www.buddhistaudiobooks.com/audio-library/view/20/survey-of-buddh...
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 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 the deposit, 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 midday on Sunday 20th
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