This page is for booking onto the residential 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...
The retreat starts with dinner on the first day at 6:30pm and finishes on the final day at 10.00am.
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 a Lateral Flow Test within 24 hours of the retreat starting, as well as taking one on arrival at Padmaloka.
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.
A Dana Retreat
After the deposit, these retreats will be run on a donation basis.
If you would like to donate a similar amount to the retreat rates used in the past on a week-long retreat, then 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. Yet, we ask that you give what you can based upon your current financial circumstances.
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.
Banner and thumbnail image: cropped painting of Manjughosha by Aloka © from the Padmaloka Shrine Room