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Men’s Great Gathering Weekend 2 | The Cremation Ground and The Celestial Maidens

Friday, 3 June 2022 to Sunday, 5 June 2022

Join us as we contemplate this dramatic and challenging scene of Padmasambhava, dwelling in the cremation grounds, surrounded by the dakinis.

“On all sides there are dead bodies and blazing funeral pyres. In one hand he rattles a small drum, the symbol of fearlessness, and with the other he drinks wine from a skull cup, symbol of the great bliss. All around him are the dakinis, some dancing, some singing, some flying through the air, some encircled by rainbows, some embracing him…The atmosphere of the place is awe-inspiring and sublime, and the mood of the naked yogi is fearless and heroic.”
The Cremation Ground and The Celestial Maidens, Sangharakshita

Details and Timings

The retreat starts with dinner on the first day at 6:30pm and finishes on the final day at around 2:30pm.

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.

We will be observing enhanced hygiene protocols during the retreat, details of which you can find in our Padmaloka Risk Assessment, which is accessible from the Coming on Retreat page.

We will be taking every measure we can to prevent the spreading of Covid-19 during retreats, but despite this, there will remain a risk to those who attend; please consider this when coming on retreat.

If you are unable to attend the retreat due to illness or local lockdown measures then your booking can be transferred to the online aspect of the retreat, or to a future retreat.

Banner and thumbnail image: cropped painting by Aloka ©

Led By: 
Amalayodin 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
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