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Spring Great Gathering - Entering into Reality Undistractedly

Friday, 19 February 2021 to Sunday, 21 February 2021

Entering into Reality Undistractedly
Inspiration for living from the 'Tibetan Book of the Dead'

For all those joining us tonight, the programme will start at 8pm - there was a mistake on the second programme sent out saying that it would start earlier

A worldwide, online event for all men practising within Triratna.

The men's Great Gatherings at Padmaloka are an opportunity for us to come together for a weekend in large numbers to immerse ourselves in Buddhist practice. You can go a long way in your practice in the course of just a few days. On this weekend, we will be immersing ourselves in the world of the Tibetan Book of the Dead to discover how we can live more fully and meaningfully in the face of sickness, uncertainty and death.

As well as meditations, pujas and discussion groups, there will be a talk on the theme by Padmavajra, as well as a question and answer session with him.

Watch this video to hear more from Padmavajra:

The Programme

All events will be live-streamed from either the Padmaloka shrineroom or held in online Zoom groups.

On Friday evening there will be an introduction, dedication ceremony and Puja starting at 8pm.

On Saturday the programme will be as follows:
• 7.00 Double meditation
• 10.30 Talk by Padmavajra
• 11.30 Tea break
• 11.45-13.00 Study Groups
• 14:30 An interview with Aloka, the artist who has painted the imagery in the Padmlaoka shrine room
• 16.30 Meditation
• 20.00 Sevenfold puja and meditation

On Sunday the programme will be as follows:
• 7.00 Double meditation
• 10.30-11.45 Study Groups
• 11.45 Tea break
• 12.00-13.00 Q&A with Padmavajra followed by a closing ritual

For each event it is best to arrive at least 5 minutes early, for study groups we will start 10 minutes early to set up the groups and to resolve any technical difficulties which may occur.

Further technical details will be provided once you have booked a place.

Live Language Interpretation

For this weekend there will be the option of live interpretation of the talks into German using Zoom.

Preparing for the Weekend

To make the most of the weekend 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 a deposit of £15, 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.

This weekend is now fully booked, if you would like to be added to the waiting list, please email the guestmaster on info@padmaloka.org.uk

Banner and thumbnail image: cropped line drawing of 'Yama holding the mirror' by Aloka ©

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

This retreat is no longer open for bookings