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2016 Winter Retreat Theme Announced

After the success of the 2015 Winter Retreat, which was fully booked a month before it started even without the usual publicity, we can confirm this year's theme and leader. Satyaraja has agreed to lead it again as a meditation retreat, so as to follow up some of the threads that emerged in last year's retreat and to build upon them. So the 2016 will again be themed on Bramhaviharas and the Awakening of the Bodhicitta.

The retreat will be open only to Dharmacharis and men actively training for Ordination, it is not suitable as a first Ordination training retreat.

Record Breaking Year

2015 was a record breaking year for the amount of men outside of India requesting Ordination into the Triratna Buddhist Order.

We first saw a significant jump in the amount of Ordination requests a few years ago with the publication of Sangharakshita's paper 'What is the Western Buddhist Order?'. This has continued since and last year saw a total 99 men request Ordination, this is the highest number we have seen in the history of the movement. This marks a great start to 2016, Padmaloka's 40th anniversary year.

Young Men's Weekend Retreat Next Weekend

Welcoming all men aged 18 to 35 to come and take part in a weekend of meditation, friendship, ritual and discussion, exploring the mysterious archetypal figures of the Four Great Kings

All levels of experience welcome.

Led By:
Saddhamani and a team of young Order members

Please book via the Padmaloka Website:

http://www.padmaloka.org.uk/retreats/2015/young-mens-weekend-retreat-fou...

Public Ordinations

On Thursday the 1st of October Jeff Clay from Leeds, Jim Wilde from London and Brian Sender from Birmingham will all be publicly ordained into the Triratna Buddhist Order here at Padmaloka. A Public Ordination is a powerful and joyous occasion and all are welcome. If you would like to attend, please email the Guest Master on info@padmaloka.org.uk . The ceremony begins promptly at 2pm and lasts about 1 hour. Please plan to arrive between 1.30pm and 1.50pm
http://www.padmaloka.org.uk/contact

Winter Retreat 2015 filling up fast...

This year's Padmaloka Winter Retreat 'Brahmaviharas and the Awakening of the Bodhi Mind' is filling up fast, faster even than previous Winter Retreats. This is an intensive meditation retreat led by Satyaraja, with talks by Padmavajra, this retreat is only open to Dharmacharis and men who are training for Ordination. At this rate this retreat will become fully booked with a waiting list, to avoid finding yourself on the waiting list you can secure your place with a non-refundable £50 deposit.

A new arrival from Aloka

Out of loyalty to his friend Alaya, Aloka has given Padmaloka a portrait of Alaya which Aloka has painted. In recent years Alaya's health has deteriorated considerably and Aloka is keen that we bear Alaya in mind, not least because of the substantial contribution Alaya has made to our tradition.
For those of you who may not know about Alaya's background, Aloka has detailed it below: