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Spring Ordination Training Weekend - Ordination and the Vase of Initiation

Friday, 5 March 2021 to Sunday, 7 March 2021

Online Live Steamed Weekend for men who have asked for ordination and Order members.

During the course of the public ordination ceremony into the Triratna Buddhist Order, the public preceptor anoints the person being ordained with water from a special vase - the vase of initiation. This vase can be said to symbolise the entire meaning of going for refuge and ordination. In the course of this weekend for men training for ordination, Padmavajra will explore in detail the symbolism of the vase of initiation and it's meaning for all of us.

As well as Padmavajra's talks, our weekend will include discussion groups led by ordination team members, meditations and pujas. It promises to be a rich and inspiring weekend.

You can hear a bit more from Vidyadaka about the weekend here:

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 8 pm.

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

On Sunday the programme will be as follows:
• 7.00 Double meditation
• 10.30-13.00 Study Groups and 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.

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.

Please Note: We will close bookings midday on Thursday 4th March

Banner and thumbnail image: cropped painting of the Dakini by Aloka © from the Padmaloka Shrine Room

Led By: 
The Padmaloka Ordination Team
Retreat Open To: 
Men training for ordination and Dharmacharis in UK and Europe
Retreat Type: 
Online Study Seminar
Booking Availability: 
Fully Booked - Waiting List Available

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