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’.
On this retreat we will explore the Bodhisattva Ideal and how it can be ever more fully and deeply lived out in our Order and community.
Here is an invitation from Padmavajra for the retreat:
In preparation for the retreat, please listen to and make notes on Bhante's Lecture Series on the Bodhisattva Ideal (The Lecture series on freebuddhistaudio is called "Aspects of the Bodhisattva Ideal").
Details and Timings
The retreat will start with hellos and an introduction at 8pm on the first evening, and finish with meditation and transference of merits on the final morning at 7am. The complete programme for each full day of the retreat will be sent out closer to the start of the retreat, and it will include morning meditation at 7am, a mid-morning event, a mid-afternoon event, and an evening event.
Each event will be done via the online platform Zoom, and further technical details will be sent out when you book.
Preparing for the Online Event
To make the most of the event 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
A Dana Event
After the deposit, this event will be run on a donation basis.
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.
Dana gives 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, so please do consider donating what you can based upon your circumstances.
Please Note: Bookings for this event will close midday on Thursday 13th May
Banner and thumbnail image: cropped painting of Avolokiteshvara by Aloka © from the Padmaloka Shrine Room