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Great Gathering Weekend 2024

The Great Rain Cloud of The Dharma
Friday, 11 October 2024 to Sunday, 13 October 2024

‘I bring fullness and satisfaction to the world,
like a rain that spreads its moisture everywhere.
Eminent and lowly, superior and inferior,
observers of precepts, violators of precepts,
those fully endowed with proper demeanour,
those not fully endowed,
those of correct views, of erroneous views,
of keen capacity, of dull capacity—
I cause the Dharma rain to rain on all equally,
never lax or neglectful.’

Lotus Sutra (trans. Watson)

The White Lotus Sutra compares the Buddha to a great cloud rising and spreading over the parched and barren earth, his sweet Dharma rain falling equally on each and every individual being, nourishing and revitalising all. Although the rain of the Dharma is the same rain for everyone, it causes all to flourish and grow in their own unique way.

During this weekend we will immerse ourselves in the profound mystery of the Buddha’s Dharma: its universal and perennial truths which lead to the liberation of all, exploring how we can best activate our limitless potential for growth and unfoldment.

Banner and thumbnail image: cropped painting by Aloka ©

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.

This weekend is directly followed by the 5-Day Open Retreat. Consider making the most of your journey to Padmaloka by booking onto both retreats for a reduced rate (We are in the process of setting this discount up with our new booking system).

Led By: 
and the Men’s European Mitra Convenors
Retreat Open To: 
Men familiar with meditation as taught in Triratna and open to Buddhist ritual
Retreat Type: 
Open Retreat
Booking Availability: