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Spiritual Friendship

Saturday, 8 January 2022 to Saturday, 15 January 2022

The Buddha once described spiritual friendship (kalyana mitrata) as ‘the whole of the spiritual life’. It is with this vision in mind that Sangharakshita founded the Triratna Buddhist Order as a network of spiritual friendship.

At the time of ordination, one decisively commits to helping to create and actively participate in this network of spiritual friendship. It is therefore vital that we study, reflect on, and understand the significance of this great theme.

On this retreat, we will study Sangharakshita’s teaching on spiritual friendship and explore and discuss the impact it has had on our own lives. In particular, we will study the section “Friends and Teachers” from “The Essential Sangharakshita” (pages 485 - 557).

Details and Timings

The retreat starts with dinner on the first day at 6:30pm and finishes on the final day at 10.00am.

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.

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: £317
• Concession: £281
• Unwaged: £238

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.

Led By: 
The Ordination Team
Retreat Open To: 
Men training for ordination & Dharmacharis
Retreat Type: 
Going for Refuge Retreat
Booking Availability: