“Followers of the Buddha are usually called ‘Buddhists’, but perhaps they could just as easily be called ‘Jinists’: followers of the Jina, the Victorious One. The Buddha did, in fact, once tell his disciples that they were ksatriyas, or ‘warriors’ … fighting to live an ethical life, fighting for higher states of consciousness, and fighting for transcendental wisdom. According to the Buddha, the spiritual life is an active life, a strenuous life. We might even say that it is a militant life.”
(Sangharakshita, ‘The Buddha’s Victory’)
Strong words spoken by Sangharakshita on full moon day in May 1987 during his talk celebrating the Buddha’s enlightenment, or as he put it on that occasion – the Buddha’s Victory. Sangharakshita warned his listeners against taking too soft an approach to spiritual life, for as the example of the Buddha’s battle against Mara shows us, the Buddhist path demands deep, intense and sustained commitment, with many difficulties to overcome along the way.
On this retreat, which coincides with Buddha Day, we will be celebrating the Buddha’s enlightenment by studying Sangharakshita’s lecture ‘The Buddha’s Victory’, as well as two others: ‘Discerning the Buddha’ and ‘The New Man Speaks’. Together they form a set of classic Sangharakshita lectures that draw out key lessons from the life of the Buddha, all of which will be essential to us if we are to live out the deep, intense and sustained commitment that constitutes ordination into the Triratna Buddhist Order.
Here is an invitation from Padmavajra for the retreat:
Details and Timings
The retreat will start with hellos and an introduction at 7:30pm 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, these events 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 Tuesday 25th May
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