Please Note: You are welcome to come on this retreat as well as a Going for Refuge retreat if you are already booked onto one.
The Brahmaviharas - metta (loving-kindness), mudita (sympathetic joy), karuna (compassion), and upekkha (equanimity) - are a series of profound meditation practices that encourage us to be honest about our real feelings and attitudes towards people while also giving us a taste of the sublime emotions of the Buddhas and Bodhisattvas.
Sangarakshita calls metta the emotion which is in harmony with reality. Metta is thus the emotional equivalent of Insight.
This meditation retreat will include teaching sessions, discussion, meditations, puja and personal meditation reviews with a member of the team, and will be an opportunity to explore all of the profound dimensions of positive emotion and take the practice of the metta bhavana far deeper.
Suggested reading for this retreat is Sangharakshita's 'Living with Kindness' which you can order from Windhorse via this link: https://www.windhorsepublications.com/product/living-with-kindness-the-b...
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 Retreat
After the deposit, 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 week-long retreat, the amounts are as follows:
• Waged: £369
• Concession: £321
• Unwaged: £264
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 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.
Banner and thumbnail image: Cropped 'Amitabha' painting from the Padmaloka shrine room by Aloka ©