Fri
11
Oct
2024
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Sun
13
Oct
2024
Great Gathering: The Great Rain Cloud of The Dharma

‘I bring fullness and satisfaction to the world,
like a rain that spreads its moisture everywhere.
Eminent and lowly, superior and inferior,
observers of precepts, violators of precepts,
those fully endowed with proper demeanour,
those not fully endowed,
those of correct views, of erroneous views,
of keen capacity, of dull capacity—
I cause the Dharma rain to rain on all equally,
never lax or neglectful.’

Lotus Sutra (trans. Watson)

The White Lotus Sutra compares the Buddha to a great cloud rising and spreading over the parched and barren earth, his sweet Dharma rain falling equally on each and every individual being, nourishing and revitalising all. Although the rain of the Dharma is the same rain for everyone, it causes all to flourish and grow in their own unique way.

During this weekend we will immerse ourselves in the profound mystery of the Buddha’s Dharma: its universal and perennial truths which lead to the liberation of all, exploring how we can best activate our limitless potential for growth and unfoldment.

Banner and thumbnail image: cropped painting by Aloka ©

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.

Be on retreat for a week

This weekend is directly followed by the 5-Day Open Retreat. Consider making the most of your journey to Padmaloka by booking onto both retreats for a reduced rate  - to do this, book on this retreat as normal then book onto the Open Retreat using the reduced rate.

Led by
Maitrinara, Sugarbha, 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
Booking Availability:
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Coming on retreat

Coming on a retreat at Padmaloka is a step into another way of being, where we temporarily take up a way of life that is more supportive of Buddhist Practice. We go forth from our ordinary circumstances, our comforts and distractions so that we can discern and move towards our ideals and help others to do so as well.

When booking a retreat at Padmaloka it is important to get a sense of how you will be living here - what our customs, etiquettes and requirements for being on retreat are.

Frequently asked questions

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