The Triratna Buddhist Order is a specific spiritual community with a particular set of principles and practices. Bhante puts this more succinctly: It is a community of my disciples.
In this retreat we explore what those principles and practices are, and what it is that makes them distinct within the context of Buddhist tradition. But, as Bhante once said of the Order, ‘there is a touch of something that cannot be buttoned down, something that cannot in the end be defined’.
In addition to exploring the principles and practices of the Order, we’ll also be tuning in to this rather mysterious, indefinable spirit that gives the Order its life and energy.
There will be a series of talks given on the retreat, which will be discussed in study groups. In preparation for the retreat we recommend reading 'What is the Western Buddhist Order?', in The Seven Papers. Available here
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Details and Timings
The retreat starts with dinner on the first day at 6:30pm and finishes on the final day at 10.15am.
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.