Listening, Reflecting and Meditating on the Bardo Thodol
Oh now, when the bardo of Life upon me is dawning, abandoning idleness – there being no idleness in a devotees’ life – entering into the Reality undistractedly, listening, reflecting and meditating, carrying onto the path knowledge of the true nature of appearances and of Mind, may the Trikaya, the Three Bodies of the Buddha, be realised. Once the human form has been attained, may there be no time or opportunity in which to idle it away.
The Root Verses of the Six Bardos, Padmasambhava
In this retreat we create a ritual space to enter into the root verses of the six bardos and the mandala of the five Buddhas, through meditation, reflection, readings from the Bardo Thodol (Tibetan Book of the Dead), ritual, puja, and periods of silence.
The retreat will be led by Satyaraja and team with talks by Padmavajra. Meditation reviews will be provided.
Please contact the Guest Master (email@example.com) 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.
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