The ten Dharmachari precepts are what an Order member lives by; they are what Sangharakshita has called ‘the Mula Pratimoksha’ – the basic ethical code.
On this retreat we will study these ‘Ten Pillars’ of Buddhism, as well as reflecting on and discussing them in the context of our spiritual lives.
Please arrive having studied Sangharakshita's book 'The Ten Pillars of Buddhism'.
We recommend taking notes on each chapter and arriving with points of interest that you wish to explore further in the study groups.
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 Retreat
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 week-long retreat, the amounts are as follows:
• Waged: £369
• Concession: £321
• Unwaged: £264
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 near the end of the retreat, or you can do so any time online, but please note that by law we are unable to refund donations once they have been given.
Banner and thumbnail image: photo of Rupa made by Aloka © from the Padmaloka Shrine Room