In the chapter on ‘Meeting Spiritual Friends’ in the Jewel Ornament of Liberation, the great Gampopa describes the spiritual friend in the form of an ordinary human being as our greatest benefactor.
They are our greatest benefactor because we are not yet mature enough to receive the friendship from advanced Bodhisattvas, and the Buddhas. People need spiritual friends in the form of ordinary human beings.
On this Order retreat, we will be exploring how we can become better kalyana mitras to others. We will do this through talks, discussion groups, the practice of Guru Yoga and other meditations, puja and simply being with one another.
We will discover the great riches that the life of kalyana mitrata opens up. We will see, indeed, that it is stepping onto the Bodhisattva path itself.
Details and Timings
The retreat starts with dinner on the first day at 6:30pm and finishes on the final day at 10.00am.
This retreat follows on directly from the Men’s UK & Ireland Area Order Weekend. Consider making the most of your journey to Padmaloka by booking onto both.
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.
If you have been in contact with somebody who has tested positive for Covid-19 within the past 7 days, please contact us on 01508538112 or email us on firstname.lastname@example.org; we may ask you to take daily lateral flow tests if it is still appropriate for you to come on retreat.
To come on this weekend it is essential that you have been fully vaccinated against Covid-19.
We ask that you take two Lateral Flow Tests, one 48 hours before arrival and a second within 24 hours of the retreat starting, please also bring a few Lateral Flow Tests with you as everyone will be required to do a test halfway through the retreat.
You can order them free from the UK Government here: Lateral Flow Tests, or from most pharmacies.
For more information on our Covid policies and to see our risk assessment you can visit our Coming on Retreat Page.
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