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What is the Order?

Sunday, 20 March 2022 to Sunday, 27 March 2022

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

Please 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 in case you need to test during 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.

Banner and thumbnail image: cropped painting by Aloka ©

Led By: 
The Ordination Team
Retreat Open To: 
Men training for ordination & Dharmacharis
Retreat Type: 
Going for Refuge Retreat
Booking Availability: 
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£70.00

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