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Revering and Relying Upon the Dharma - Residential

Friday, 4 December 2020 to Wednesday, 9 December 2020

This page is for booking onto the residential aspect of the Revering and Relying Upon the Dharma hybrid retreat.

We are sorry to announce that the residential aspect of the Revering and Relying Upon the Dharma hybrid retreat has been cancelled after the announcements of the new government restrictions. The online aspect will, however, continue to run as usual.

To enter the Order is to become a Dharmachari - one who fares in the Dharma. The Dharma must become a refuge for us, or in other words, we must 'revere and rely' upon it. This requires the clearing away of the wrong views that make up much of our thought and attitudes, and the cultivation of Right Views that teach us to live in harmony with ourselves and others while paving the way for Transcendental Insight.

In this retreat we will be studying Sangharakshita's approach to Right View as outlined in the paper 'Revering and Relying upon the Dharma' - his emphasis on pratitya-samutpada as its fundamental expression, the cyclic and spiral trends within conditionality, the five niyamas, and the importance of archetypes and symbols as embodiments of Right View.

Health and Hygiene

It is vital that you don't come on retreat if you have any symptoms of Covid-19, including a cough, loss or change of smell or taste, a temperature, or any other cold or flu-like symptoms; or if you have been in contact with anyone who has within the past 14 days.

We will be observing strict hygiene and social distancing protocols during the retreat, details of which you can find in our risk assessment here: http://bit.ly/PadmalokaRAx

In coming on retreat you also agree to observe measures laid out in our coming on retreat page here: https://padmaloka.org.uk/coming-retreat
As well as contained within the 'Essential Guide to Being at Padmaloka during Covid', which can be found here: http://bit.ly/PadmalokaEGx

We will be taking every measure we can to prevent the spreading of Covid-19 during retreats, but despite this, there will still remain a risk to those who attend; please consider this when coming on retreat.

If you are unable to attend the retreat due to illness or local lockdown measures then your booking can be transferred to the online aspect of the retreat, or to a future retreat.

A Dana Retreat

After the deposit, these retreats will be run on a donation basis.

If you would like to donate a similar amount to the retreat rates, after donation, used in the past on a five-day retreat, then the amounts are as follows:
• Waged: £188
• Concession: £157
• Unwaged: £121

These retreats will have higher running costs than ordinary retreats due to the restricted number of attendees, as well as the extra hygiene precautions we are taking to ensure the safety of all those involved. Yet, we ask that you give what you can based upon your current financial circumstances.

There will be an opportunity to donate near the end of the retreat, or you can do so any time online, but please note that by law we are unable to refund donations once they have been given.

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Led By: 
The Ordination Team
Retreat Open To: 
Men training for ordination in UK and Europe
Retreat Type: 
Going for Refuge Retreat
Booking Availability: 
Retreat Cancelled