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Traversing the Imaginal World to arrive at the Threshold of the Transcendental

Sunday, 23 October 2022 to Sunday, 30 October 2022

Imagination in the life and writings of Urgyen Sangharakshita

On this Going for Refuge retreat for men who have asked for ordination, we will be exploring the central importance of the imaginal in Bhante’s life and writings.

For Bhante, imagination, myth and symbol are essential to living a full Dharma life. As well as looking at some of his writings and episodes from his life, we will be aiming to discover the images, myths and symbols that are active in our own lives.

In particular, we will be studying Bhante's lectures The Journey to Il Convento and St Jerome Revisited.

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 Autumn Going for Refuge 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; 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.

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