We are all looking for some kind of liberation. This can be liberation from immediate psychological or emotional suffering, through to relief from deeper existential suffering.
The Buddhadharma offers a clear path and method to relieve suffering. Through the simple act of paying attention to our breathing, bodily sensations, emotions, and thoughts we are able to see into the constantly changing nature of reality and free ourselves from clinging. The training begins with being mindful of our breathing: anapanasati.
On this 6-day online meditation week we will be following the Buddha’s teaching on mindfulness found in the Anapanasati Sutta (Majjhima Nikaya of the Pali Canon). Through teaching sessions, meditations, discussion, puja and personal meditation reviews with a member of the team, we will discover ever deeper levels of mindfulness into reality.
To help you decide whether or not you can commit to attending the programme throughout the week, here is a preview of what each of the 6 days will look like:
7.00 - 8.40am Meditation
10.30am Teaching of Anapanasati meditations and Q&A followed by led meditation
7.30 - 8.00pm Meditation Reviews
8.15pm Meditation and Puja
Everything will be streamed online via Zoom. Further technical details will be provided once you have booked a place.
Preparing for the Week
To get the most out of the week we recommend that as far as possible you create retreat-like conditions at home by reducing input, maintaining periods of silence and putting aside non-essential activities.
We also highly recommend that you read in advance Sangharakshita's book 'Living with Awareness'.
Giving a Donation
These seminars are run on a donation basis.
Having needed to cancel all retreats until the end of August due to covid-19, our finances will be affected significantly, losing an average of nearly £20,000 in retreat income each month.
Retreat income provides the biggest source of Padmaloka’s income and it is not yet known when we will be able to host retreats again. Consequently, donations made during this period are deeply appreciated and will make a big difference.
Your donation is an opportunity to be a part of the culture of generosity that sits at the heart of Padmaloka, to help keep that heart alive and thriving, and to contribute towards the short and long term ability of Padmaloka to be able to keep on giving that most precious and essential gift of the Dharma to as many men as possible.
We ask that you give what you can based on your current financial circumstances.
If your financial circumstances are healthy, then we would invite you to give generously, but if not, don't let money be an obstacle - what we want most is for men to be able to participate in these events and continue their training in Ondination and the Dharma life.