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The System of Dharma Life

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. It is "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. The retreat is primarily a meditation retreat and will include long periods of silence. It will also include the added inspiration of ordination ceremonies.

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

Please contact the GuestMaster (info@padmaloka.org.uk) if you haven’t been on an intensive meditation retreat before.

Retreat Preparation
Please arrive having listened to Bhante's lecture A System of Mediation and have points that you wish to explore in the discussion groups at the beginning of the retreat.

Details and Timings

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

For a place on the waiting list, please contact info@padmaloka.org.uk

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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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.

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