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Becoming the Greatest Benefactor – The Life of Kalyana Mitrata

Sunday, 8 May 2022 to Sunday, 15 May 2022

In the chapter on ‘Meeting Spiritual Friends’ in the Jewel Ornament of Liberation, the great Gampopa describes the spiritual friend in the form of an ordinary human being as our greatest benefactor.

They are our greatest benefactor because we are not yet mature enough to receive the friendship from advanced Bodhisattvas, and the Buddhas. People need spiritual friends in the form of ordinary human beings.

On this Order retreat, we will be exploring how we can become better kalyana mitras to others. We will do this through talks, discussion groups, the practice of Guru Yoga and other meditations, puja and simply being with one another.

We will discover the great riches that the life of kalyana mitrata opens up. We will see, indeed, that it is stepping onto the Bodhisattva path itself.

Details and Timings

The retreat starts with dinner on the first day at 6:30pm and finishes on the final day at 10.00am.

This retreat follows on directly from the Men’s UK & Ireland Area Order Weekend. Consider making the most of your journey to Padmaloka by booking onto both.

Health and Hygiene

For information on our Covid policy and to see our risk assessment please visit our Coming on Retreat page.

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The Padmaloka Ordination Team
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Order Retreat
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