'Thus should we think of all this fleeting world:
A star at dawn, a bubble in a stream;
A flash of lightning in a summer cloud,
A flickering lamp, a phantom, and a dream.'
The Winter Retreat, marking the changes as one year comes to an end and another begins, comes at an auspicious time to go on retreat; a time of transformation and new possibilities.
This year's Winter retreat is an intensive meditation retreat, led by Satyaraja and the Ordination team, with short talks on the Diamond Sutra by Padmavajra. There will be plenty of meditation, focusing on the just sitting practice, with full instruction, sutra reading, silence and puja as well as individual meditation reviews.
Please contact the Guest Master (firstname.lastname@example.org) if you haven’t been on an intensive meditation retreat before.
The retreat starts with dinner on the first day at 6:30pm and finishes on the final day at 10.00am.
Suggested listening before the retreat is Sangharakshita's lecture "A System of Meditation", which you can access via this link: https://www.freebuddhistaudio.com/audio/details?num=135
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.
In coming on retreat you agree to observe measures laid out in our coming on retreat page here: Coming on Retreat
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.
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.
If your financial circumstances are healthy, then we would invite you to give generously, but if not, don't let money be an obstacle - what we want most is for men to be able to participate in these events and continue their training in Ordination and the Dharma life.
This event is now fully booked. Send an email to email@example.com to register on the waiting list.