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On retreat, we have the opportunity to contact what is most vital and profound in ourselves and to experience a life that expresses this. Whether through study, meditation or the company of friends, a retreat is where you can take your practice deeper.

1 Mar
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3 Mar
2024
1 Mar
2024
Open Retreat
Father's Retreat: Embodying the Power of Vajrapani
During this weekend, we will delve deeply into the potent symbolic message of Vajrapani and learn how to cultivate a deeper connection with this awe-inspiring figure, allowing us to better support and nurture ourselves and those around us with grace and ease, whilst making progress on the path.
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3 Mar
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10 Mar
2024
3 Mar
2024
Open Retreat
The Essential Meditation
To help you work effectively in your practice, refresh your motivation, and inspire your effort we will be teaching the essential principles of meditation.
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16 Mar
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23 Mar
2024
16 Mar
2024
GFR Retreat
What is the Order?
In this retreat we explore what those principles and practices are, and what it is that makes them distinct within the context of Buddhist tradition. But, as Bhante once said of the Order, ‘there is a touch of something that cannot be buttoned down, something that cannot in the end be defined’.
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28 Mar
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2 Apr
2024
28 Mar
2024
GFR Retreat
5-Day GFR - Four Gifts: Buddhism for Today and Tomorrow
Sangharakshita founded the Order to revive the essential teachings of the Buddha and make them relevant in the modern world. But what are the essential teachings? How did Bhante understand and present them? And how can they be practised effectively in the 21st century?
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12 Apr
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14 Apr
2024
12 Apr
2024
GFR Retreat
Spring Going for Refuge Weekend
Ordination: The Great Vow On this weekend we’ll establish to what and to whom we commit ourselves at the time of ordination and we’ll discover how to ensure that this bond, oath or vow is never broken and is constantly upheld and enhanced over the course of a lifetime.
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14 Apr
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28 Apr
2024
14 Apr
2024
GFR Retreat
Pre-Guhyaloka Ordination Retreat
This retreat is for men invited on the 2024 Guhyaloka course and their preceptors and will see the men ordained at Padmaloka before they depart for the ‘Secret Valley’ in Spain.
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3 May
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5 May
2024
3 May
2024
Order Retreat
Men’s UK & Ireland Area Order Weekend
On this Order weekend, we will be investigating the seemingly ‘hidden’ dynamics of the spiritual life, how to navigate the unfamiliar terrain in which we can find ourselves, and how we can continually enlarge and deepen our vision of the spiritual life and where it leads.
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5 May
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12 May
2024
5 May
2024
Order Retreat
Guru Yoga: The Blissful Path to Liberation
Guru Yoga involves transforming ourselves into the archetypal disciple Vajrayogini, and then invoking the adhisthana of our teacher, Padmasambhava, the Thousand-armed Avalokiteshvara and Amitabha. It is an intensely devotional wisdom practice, which culminates in merging with the Guru and dissolving into the light of Great Bliss.
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17 May
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31 May
2024
17 May
2024
GFR Retreat
The Ten Pillars
Each of the precepts is so precious that they can be likened to ten pillars made of precious substances – diamond, gold, crystal, pearl, etc. – which provide the essential foundation for the cultivation of higher states of consciousness and the development of transcendental insight.
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31 May
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2 Jun
2024
31 May
2024
Open Retreat
Great Gathering: The Return Journey
Throughout the weekend we will evoke the parable of the return journey to explore what the Dharma says about our true potential, the real meaning and purpose of our lives, and how we can begin to make the effort required to reclaim our Dharmic birthright.
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2 Jun
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7 Jun
2024
2 Jun
2024
Order Retreat
Men’s European Mitra Convenors’ Meeting 2
A chance for the Mitra Convenors to gather and deepen their inspiration and vision of the spiritual practice of Mitra Convening.
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7 Jun
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16 Jun
2024
7 Jun
2024
GFR Retreat
Going for Refuge
Going for Refuge to the Buddha, Dharma and Sangha is ‘the central and definitive act of the Buddhist life’ and ‘the unifying principle, therefore, of Buddhism itself’. The ordination process involves a progressive deepening of Going for Refuge until it becomes effective in all aspects of our lives.
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