This page is for booking onto the online aspect of the Transcendental Principle hybrid retreat.
Intensive study of the first chapter of Sangharakshita’s magnum opus, ‘A Survey of Buddhism’, is a fundamental part of ordination training.
The purpose of the study is to deepen one’s practical understanding of the Dharma – the basic doctrines and teachings of the Buddha, such as conditioned co-production, the three marks of conditioned existence, the four noble truths and the noble eightfold path. According to Subhuti in the foreword to the most recent edition (published as part of the Complete Works of Sangharakshita), this study ‘usually has considerable impact since it introduces trainees so clearly and inspiringly to the transcendent dimension of the Dharma.’
Each event on the programme will be done via the online platform Zoom, either from the shrine room or in study groups
On the first evening we will gather for an introductory event at 8pm.
On the following days, the programme will be as follows:
• 7am: Double Meditation until 8:30pm
• 11am: Study session until 1pm with a break half way through
• 4:30pm: Meditation, until roughly 5:15pm
• 8pm: Evening shrine room activity
The retreat will finish with the final shrine event on the last full day.
Further technical details will be provided once you have booked a place.
Preparing for the Online Event
To make the most of the retreat we recommend that as far as possible you create retreat-like conditions at home. This might include reducing input, maintaining a daily meditation practice, and taking time to reflect and absorb the meditation and study. You can find some more ideas and guidance on being on an online event here: A Guide to Online Events
Giving a Donation
These events are run on a donation basis.
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 Ordination and the Dharma life.
Banner and thumbnail image: cropped painting of Manjughosha by Aloka © from the Padmaloka Shrine Room