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On retreat, we have the opportunity to contact what is most vital and profound in ourselves and to experience a life that expresses this. Whether through study, meditation or the company of friends, a retreat is where you can take your practice deeper.

28 Jun
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30 Jun
2024
28 Jun
2024
Open Retreat
Sub30s: Living From the Priceless Depths
On this weekend retreat, we’ll be exploring the dazzling experience of vision and the subsequent unfoldment of our being. We will meditate together, listen to talks on the theme, reflect together, and connect in friendship.
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30 Jun
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14 Jul
2024
30 Jun
2024
GFR Retreat
The Mythic Context
Going for Refuge requires the activation of our strongest and deepest emotions. If we are to make any real progress in transforming ourselves, we must transform our emotional life through faith, imagination and an overarching Mythic Context.
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20 Jul
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3 Aug
2024
20 Jul
2024
GFR Retreat
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".
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4 Aug
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4 Aug
2024
4 Aug
2024
Open Retreat
Open Festival Day: This Precious Opportunity
The Padmaloka open festival day is a celebration of the Three Jewels. We are celebrating the fact that the human potential for enlightenment has been rediscovered and attained in our era, that the path to realise it has been made available to us, and that we do not have to tread this path alone – we are part of a spiritual community that walks it together.
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9 Aug
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18 Aug
2024
9 Aug
2024
GFR Retreat
The Bodhisattva Ideal
In the Bodhisattva, Buddhism finds its highest expression and its ultimate meaning. The Bodhisattva is indeed the meaning of human life, even the meaning of existence.Sangharakshita – The Bodhisattva Principle
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6 Sep
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8 Sep
2024
6 Sep
2024
GFR Retreat
Autumn Going for Refuge Weekend
In his ground-breaking 1965 lecture ‘Going For Refuge’ Sangharakshita reveals that the experience of Sangha constitutes ‘a shared exploration of the spiritual world between people … in a relationship of complete honesty and harmony’, while the quality of communication enjoyed by such individuals can be described as ‘a vital mutual responsiveness’.
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8 Sep
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22 Sep
2024
8 Sep
2024
Meditation Retreat
The Brahmaviharas
The four Brahmaviharas – loving kindness, compassion, altruistic joy and equanimity – a set of meditation practices that have the power to utterly transform our emotional lives and relations to others. They are the basis for the development of Insight and the Bodhicitta and yet begin with ordinary acts of kindness and helpfulness.
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22 Sep
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29 Sep
2024
22 Sep
2024
Order Retreat
Post-Ordination 2023
Having spent a year in the Order, this retreat offers the opportunity to take stock, reconnect with friends and explore how we deepen our practice, our life in the Order, and our Going for Refuge to the Buddha, Dharma, and Sangha.
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3 Oct
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6 Oct
2024
3 Oct
2024
Order Retreat
3-Day Dharmachari Retreat: The Domain of the Bodhisattva
Following Sangharakshita's lectures on the Vimalakirti Nirdesha, we will explore such mysteries and wonders as the sicknesses of Bodhisattvas, Bhante's insights into the mutual perfuming of Suchness, and what we might do to practise these profound teachings.
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6 Oct
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11 Oct
2024
6 Oct
2024
Order Retreat
Men’s European Mitra Convenors’ Meeting 3
A chance for the Mitra Convenors to gather and deepen their inspiration and vision of the spiritual practice of Mitra Convening.
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11 Oct
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13 Oct
2024
11 Oct
2024
Open Retreat
Great Gathering: The Great Rain Cloud of The Dharma
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.
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13 Oct
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18 Oct
2024
13 Oct
2024
Open Retreat
5-Day Open Retreat: A Boundless Vision of Limitless Awakening
On this retreat, Ratnaghosa will give a series of far-reaching talks exploring and unfolding numerous images, parables and themes from the White Lotus sutra, weaving them together so that we can see the deep significance of our quest for growth and meaning.
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