This retreat is for men invited on the 2024 Guhyaloka course and their preceptors and will see the men ordained at Padmaloka before they depart for the ‘Secret Valley’ in Spain.
The ceremony by which one becomes a member of the Triratna Buddhist Order is the crux of Urgyen Sangharakshita's entire teaching. In that ordination, all the elements of his presentation of the Dharma are distilled and ritually enacted. The individual undergoing ordination is profoundly affected by the symbolic resonance of all that happens, sensing the weaving together of many threads of meaning in their lives, initiating them into the very beginning of a new and more deeply committed life.
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.