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The Taste of Freedom - Padmavajra

During the Men's Great Gathering at Padmaloka, Padmavajra explored the Buddha's proclamation that just as the great and mighty ocean has the taste of salt, the Buddha's Dhamma has the taste of freedom.
By freedom, the Buddha meant complete liberation from the wheel of life, but he also indicated the importance of social freedom.

In his talk, Padmavajra begins with a quotation from the great Indian Dalit leader, Dr B R Ambedkar on the occasion of the great mass conversion to Buddhism of hundreds and thousands of Dalits.

Five New Dharmacharis

Dear all,
We're delighted to announce that 5 new Dharmacharis were ordained here at Padmaloka on 1 October 2020.
After the ceremony, the clouds cleared tp reveal the sun and then after a rain shower a double rainbow appeared. An auspicious end to an auspicious afternoon.

- Public preceptor: Satyaraja -

Alex Stirling becomes Shraddhavadin
He who communicates confidence in the Dharma
Private preceptor: Mahashraddha

Clive Fletcher becomes Karunadhara
He who is a bearer of compassion
Private preceptor: Danapriya

Lightning Flashes from the Blue Beyond - A New Series of Talks

As an offering and a way of celebrating the festival day of Guru Rimpoche on Saturday the 26th of September, we'll launch on our YouTube channel the first video of the new series of short talks by Padmavajra, "Lightning Flashes from the Blue Beyond".

Follow this link to see Padmasagara introduce the series: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TqaIqaQeIG4

Public Ordinations Coming up at Padmaloka

In just over a week Padmaloka will be opening its gates to men coming on retreat here for the first time since March. In the past few weeks, we’ve been finalising our hygiene procedures, dusting off the dorms and hoovering down the carpets - heaving the great Padmaloka bellows and bringing the flames back up to retreat ready temperatures - so to speak.

The first retreat here will be an Ordination retreat, for five men who were due to be Ordained in April:

-Clive Fletcher
-Chris Petts
-Michael Procter
-Alex Stirling
-Mike Whittam

Padmaloka Autumn-Winter Programme 2020 Now Released

It's been almost 6 months since we had our last residential event here at Padmaloka, the Friends and Guest week, and since then it has just been the community occupying the halls and rooms of Padmaloka, keeping the atmosphere of the shrine room alive and the dust and dirt off the walls and floors.

We were delighted to announce that we will be opening for hybrid events, both residential and online. For the time being the residential aspects of these will be run on an invitation only basis, to enable us to test out our new hygiene measures.

The Bodhisattva Ideal - Online Study Seminar - Spaces Available

The Bodhisattva Ideal is one of the sublimest spiritual ideals that mankind has ever seen.

Spaces available on the Bodhisattva Ideal online study seminar.
Saturday, 18 July 2020 to Thursday, 23 July 2020

In this online study seminar we will explore the Bodhisattva Ideal and how it can be ever more fully and deeply lived out in our Order and community. The study material will be Sangharakshita's original lecture series 'Aspects of the Bodhisattva Ideal' given in 1969.