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The Bodhisattva Ideal - Online Study Seminar

Saturday, 18 July 2020 to Thursday, 23 July 2020

Sangharakshita has likened the Triratna Buddhist Order to, and even identified it with, the eleven-headed and thousand-armed Avalokitesvara, the Bodhisattva of compassion. He says of that identification that it is ‘Not just a manner of speaking, it’s not just a figure of speech. We should take it very seriously, even take it literally’.

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.

The Programme

We will be live streaming from the Shrine Room, inviting you to join our morning meditation and chanting of the Tiratana Vandana from 7am, as well as the Going for Refuge and Prostration Practice ay 4:30pm in the afternoon. There will also be the opportunity to join the Padmaloka Community for some pujas.

There will be a study session held using Zoom each morning which will start at 10:50am and finish at 1pm, with a break in between.

Further technical details will be provided once you have booked a place.

Preparing for the Seminar

To get the most out of the study seminar we recommend that as far as possible you create retreat-like conditions at home. This might include reducing input, maintaining a daily meditation practice, taking up the Going for Refuge and Prostration Practice and performing regular pujas.

Please arrive having studied Sangharakshita's series of talks on 'Aspects of the Bodhisattva Ideal'.
You can download the talks in audio or transcript form here. We recommend taking notes on each talk and arriving with points of interest that you wish to explore further in the study groups.

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.

Led By: 
The Ordination Team
Retreat Open To: 
Men training for ordination and Dharmacharis in UK and Europe
Retreat Type: 
Online Study Seminar
Booking Availability: 

This retreat is no longer open for bookings