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The Meaning of Conversion in Buddhism - Online Study Seminar

Thursday, 28 May 2020 to Sunday, 31 May 2020

This seminar is now fully reserved. Contact Satyakirti at info@padmaloka.org.uk to ask to be added to the waiting list. If you have already reserved a place you should have received a link by email that will enable you to book onto the event.

Ordination into the Triratana Buddhist Order is the witnessing of the profound act of Going for Refuge. Going for Refuge involves a total transformation of our being and our relationship with others.

In order to gain a deeper understanding of what that entails we will be studying an early lecture series of Bhante Sangharakshita - The Meaning of Conversion in Buddhism - which explores four important turning points in this process of total transformation as described in the Buddhist tradition: Going for Refuge, Stream Entry, the Arising of the Bodhicitta, and the Paravrtti or 'turning about in the deepest seat of consciousness'.

There will be a study session held using Zoom each morning which will start at 10:20am 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.

To prepare for the seminar you will need to listen to or read the booklet of Sangharakshita's talks on 'The Meaning of Conversion in Buddhism' given in 1965.

Click here for the talks: https://www.freebuddhistaudio.com/series/details?num=X02
Click here for a printable pdf: https://www.sangharakshita.org/_books/meaning-of-conversion.pdf

Giving a Donation

These seminars are run on a donation basis.

Having needed to cancel all retreats until the end of August following the UK government's advice, 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 isn’t ‘paying’ for the seminar as such; it 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 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.

Led By: 
The Ordination Team
Retreat Open To: 
Men training for ordination only
Retreat Type: 
Online Study Seminar
Booking Availability: 
Fully Reserved
Suggested Donation: 

As a guide, the usual rates for a 4-day retreat would be:

£153 unwaged
£181 concession
£206 retreat rate

That said, 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 without putting an upper limit in your mind on how much that gift could be.

If your financial circumstances are more challenging then don’t feel you need to put a lower limit on how much you think you should give; we want to be able to support men in their ordination training regardless of their finances.

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