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Autumn Great Gathering | Residential

Friday, 22 October 2021 to Sunday, 24 October 2021

This page is for booking onto the residential aspect of the Autumn Great Gathering hybrid retreat.

There are no more single rooms available on this event.

The Lightning Bolt of Compassion - Padmasambhava - the Master for Troubled Times

This autumn's Great Gathering will be focussing on the great Tantric Guru Padmasambhava - the Lotus-Born - Guru Rinpoche - the Greatly Precious Guru. Padmasambhava is credited with the transformation of Tibet into a land of the Dharma. He is especially famed for the taming of the Tibetan gods of place, transforming them into protectors of the Dharma. But Padmasambhava has universal significance because he is the embodiment of all the riches of Buddhahood. He is siddha, yogi, spiritual friend, beloved lord and master. He is the Lightning Bolt of Compassion reaching into the depths of life, the master who tames, pacifies and transforms all troubles and misfortunes, bringing them onto the Path. With his inspiration, we will learn this weekend how to face and transform the troubles of our own age. We will do our best to gaze at them with his fearless gaze and tremendous skill.

The weekend will include meditation sessions, rousing pujas, discussion groups and time to make friends with one another. And there will be talks by Bodhinaga and Padmavajra devoted to Padmasambhava.

Details and Timings

The weekend starts at 6:30pm with dinner on the Friday and finishes after the clear-up on the Sunday at about 2:30pm.

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 ask that you take two Lateral Flow Test, one 48 hours before arrival and a second within 24 hours of the retreat starting.
If you haven't taken one by the time you arrive at Padmaloka, we will ask you to do one upon arrival and you will have to wait for the result before entering the buildings.
You can order them free from the UK Government here: Lateral Flow Tests, or from most pharmacies.

In coming on retreat you agree to observe measures laid out in our coming on retreat page here: Coming on Retreat

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.

A Dana Event

There will be a dana appeal at the end of the retreat where you will have the opportunity to support Padmaloka with a donation.

People often want to donate a similar amount to the retreat rates used in the past on a weekend retreats, the amounts are as follows:

• Waged: £109
• Concession: £68
• Unwaged: £48

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; so we ask that you give as generously as you can to support Padmaloka through the Covid-19 pandemic.

There will be an opportunity to donate on the last day, or you can do so any time online, but please be aware that by law we are unable to refund donations once they have been given.

Banner and thumbnail image: cropped painting of Padmasambhava by Aloka © from the Padmaloka Shrine Room

This event is now fully booked. Send an email to info@padmaloka.org.uk to register on the waiting list.

Led By: 
Padmavajra and the Men's European Mitra Convenors
Retreat Open To: 
Men familiar with meditation as taught in Triratna and open to Buddhist ritual
Retreat Type: 
Open Retreat
Booking Availability: 
Fully Booked - Waiting List Available

This retreat is now fully booked