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Apr
2024
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Sun
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Apr
2024
Spring Going for Refuge Weekend

Ordination: The Great Vow

The traditional Pali word for ordination is samvara, literally ‘a binding’. When we enter the Order, w, therefore create a very deep bond: we are vowing to Go for Refuge “as long as breath lasts” as the early disciples of the Buddha say. We are making a sacred oath.

On this weekend we’ll establish to what and to whom we commit ourselves at the time of ordination and we’ll discover how to ensure that this bond, oath or vow is never broken and is constantly upheld and enhanced over the course of a lifetime. This weekend will also be extra special as it includes the Going Forth ritual for men invited to the 2024 Guhyaloka Ordination Course.

Banner and thumbnail image: cropped and edited drawing 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.

Led by
The Ordination Team
Retreat Open To:
Men training for ordination & Dharmacharis
Retreat Type:
GFR 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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