Going for Refuge to the Buddha, Dharma and Sangha requires a specific spiritual community for it to be fully expressed. It needs, in other words, an Order.
The Triratna Buddhist Order transcends the distinction between monk and lay and places the spiritual and existential act of Going for Refuge at its very heart.
Initiation and acceptance of the four great ordination vows – central aspects of the ordination ceremony – are the main study focus for this retreat. In particular, we will be studying “What is the Western Buddhist Order” and “A Supra Personal Force”, both from the “Seven Papers” by Subhuti and Sangharakshita.
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 Spring Going for Refuge Weekend. Consider making the most of your journey to Padmaloka by booking onto both.
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.
If you have been in contact with somebody who has tested positive for Covid-19 within the past 7 days, please contact us on 01508538112 or email us on firstname.lastname@example.org; we may ask you to take daily lateral flow tests if it is still appropriate for you to come on retreat.
To come on this retreat it is essential that you have been fully vaccinated against Covid-19.
We ask that you take two Lateral Flow Tests, one 48 hours before arrival and a second within 24 hours of the retreat starting, please also bring a few Lateral Flow Tests with you as everyone will be required to do a test halfway through the retreat.
You can order them free from the UK Government here: Lateral Flow Tests, or from most pharmacies.
For more information on our Covid policies and to see our risk assessment you can visit our Coming on Retreat Page.
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