Buddha: the awakened one, knower of worlds, teacher of gods and men, bull of a man, best of men, highest man, hero of men, sacred monument of men, lion roaring in the forest, lord of men, stallion of a man, sun of men, true man, ultimate man. These are just some of the ways the Buddha is described in the Buddhist tradition.
So, who was this ultimate man? Born into wealth, power, and privilege, yet seeing through such things, going forth from them into a life of self-discipline, striving to attain Enlightenment – the highest achievement of human life – eventually gaining this and the total freedom that is inseparable from it. What can we learn from the life of such a man? How can we apply this in our own life, to make the most of our own unrealised potential?
Join us on this residential weekend retreat for men new to Buddhism, as we explore the power of the Buddha's wisdom as exemplified in the story of his extraordinary life through talks, discussion, meditation, and ritual.
Details and Timings
The retreat starts with dinner on the first day at 6:30pm and finishes on the final day at around 2:30pm.
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.