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About Padmaloka

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Padmaloka Buddhist Retreat Centre was first established at Lesingham House in 1976 by Sangharakshita, the founder of the Triratna Buddhist Community . Very soon it became the Order’s first permanent retreat centre. Many years have passed, and a considerable wealth of experience in running retreats has been built up.

The physical environment at Padmaloka has likewise been constantly improved and upgraded, so that today Padmaloka is the ideal place to go on retreat.

Set in the quiet village of Surlingham, on the edge of the Norfolk Broads, Padmaloka (originally known as Lesingham House) is an old country house surrounded by farmland. As well as its own five acres of delightful gardens, there are nature reserves and bird sanctuaries nearby. There is also a well stocked Dharma library and bookshop, a spacious shrine room for meditation which features paintings by local artist Aloka, and a yoga studio and equipment. The food provided on our retreats is vegan and is renowned for being delicious.