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Summer Great Gathering - Break Out and Batter Down the Door

Friday, 4 June 2021 to Sunday, 6 June 2021

An online weekend for all men practising within Triratna


I want to break out,
Batter down the door,
Go tramping black heather all day
On the windy moor,
And at night, in hayloft, or under hedge, find
A companion suited to my mind.
I want to break through,
Shatter time and space,
Cut up the Void with a knife,
Pitch the stars from their place,
Nor shrink back when, lidded with darkness, the
Eye Of Reality opens and blinds me, blue as the sky.

Urgyen Sangharakshita

With the prospect of full lockdown coming to an end, we are all looking forward to greater freedom of movement. At this time of liberation, perhaps it would also be good to open up to other liberations: liberation from restrictive conditioning, from superficial contacts and from deep ignorance. And liberation into genuine spontaneity, deep friendship and the vastness of Reality.

We will be exploring these themes through Sangharakshita’s ecstatic poem ‘I want to break out’. Padmavajra will be speaking about the poem, as well as answering questions arising from his talk. As well as that, there will be discussion groups, meditations, pujas, and an interview with Aloka.

Here is an invitation from Padmavajra for the weekend:

Details and Timings

The retreat will start with an introduction at 8pm on the first evening, and finish at 1pm on the Sunday. The complete programme for each full day 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 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: Bookings for this event will close midday on Thursday 3rd June

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

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

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