Home > Retreat List > Spiritual Friendship

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.

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 info@padmaloka.org.uk; 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.

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: 

This retreat is no longer open for bookings