Going for Refuge Weekends are the name we are now using for what we used to call Ordination Training weekends. We are doing this to remind everybody that the essence of ordination and preparation for ordination is the ever-deepening act of Going for Refuge to the Buddha, Dharma and Sangha. Such an act means that we regard the Buddha, Dharma and Sangha as the places of ultimate reliance and we are committing ourselves to them.
To be able to commit ourselves, we need to be free. Free of negative emotion, free of wrong views and free of the group. Such freedom is not easy to achieve, hence the need for strong positive emotion - love and so on, as well as deep and reliable spiritual friendships. In the course of this weekend we will be exploring all of this.
Padmavajra will be giving a talk on the theme and there will be the usual discussion groups, meditations and pujas. As well as the opportunity to meet with one another.
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
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 weekend retreat, 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 beforehand online, but please be aware that by law we are unable to refund donations once they have been given.
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