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Spiritual Friendship

Friday, 22 November 2024 to Sunday, 1 December 2024

The Buddha described spiritual friendship (kalyana mitrata) as ‘the whole of the spiritual life’.

It is with this vision in mind that Bhante founded the Triratna Buddhist Order as a network of spiritual friendship. At the time of ordination, one decisively commits to helping to create and actively participate in this network of spiritual friendship. It is therefore vital that we study and reflect on this great theme so that we can truly understand its significance.

On this retreat, as well as studying Bhante’s teaching on spiritual friendship, we will explore and discuss the impact it has had on our own lives.

Retreat Preparation
"Essential Sangharakshita" on the section on "Friends and Teachers", pp 485 - 557. We will be exploring this in study groups.

You may be interested in the talks that Padmasagara gave on the Spiritual Friendship retreat in 2022.

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Details and Timings

The retreat starts with dinner on the first day at 6:30pm and finishes on the final day at 10.15am.

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