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The System of Dharma Life

Saturday, 20 July 2024 to Saturday, 3 August 2024

In Sangharakshita’s seminal 1978 lecture “A System of Meditation” he showed how the meditations he had taught linked up into "an organic system, a living system, not a dead, mechanical system put together in an artificial manner". Sangharakshita explained how the mindfulness of breathing, the metta bhavana, the contemplation of the six elements, visualization and mantra recitation, as well as just sitting formed this living and organic system. A system which was "a progressive arrangement that takes us forward, step by step and stage by stage: a cumulative sequence". Beginning with a firm foundation in integration and positive emotion that supports a profound spiritual death and rebirth: a total transformation, including both activity and receptivity.

This retreat offers the opportunity to deepen your understanding and experience of Sangharakshita’s system of Dharma life, it will also include the added inspiration of ordination ceremonies.

Banner and thumbnail image: cropped painting by Aloka © from the Padmaloka Shrine Room

Retreat Preparation
Please arrive having listened to Bhante's lecture A System of Mediation.

Details and Timings

The retreat starts with dinner on the first day at 6:30pm and finishes on the final day at 10.15am.

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

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