The Brahmaviharas – metta, karuna, mudita and upekkha – are a set of practices with many dimensions. They encourage us to be honest about our real feelings and attitudes towards other people while also giving us a taste of the sublime emotions of the Buddhas and Bodhisattvas.
Bhante calls metta the emotion which is in harmony with reality and metta is thus the emotional equivalent of Insight.
They are also the fundamental attitudes necessary for the spiritual community and friendship and Bhante calls them indispensable for the creation of Sangha.
The retreat will be an opportunity to explore all these profound dimensions of positive emotion and take the practice of the Metta Bhavana far deeper both during the retreat and afterwards too.
Please contact the Guest Master (firstname.lastname@example.org) if you haven’t been on an intensive meditation retreat before.
Details and Timings
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 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 enhanced hygiene protocols during the retreat, details of which you can find in our Padmaloka Risk Assessment, which is accessible from the Coming on Retreat page.
We will be taking every measure we can to prevent the spreading of Covid-19 during retreats, but despite this, there will 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.
Banner and thumbnail image: cropped painting by Aloka © from the Padmaloka Shrine Room