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The Friend of the World

Mon, 18 Oct, 2021 - 00:00
Spiritual friendship is not an added-on part of Going for Refuge, nor is it the Buddhist equivalent to having some mates - rather it is of the essence of the spiritual life and a vital means of communication, emotional development, and meaning - not to mention challenge and enjoyment. But how do we do it and what does it look like? During the 2021 Spiritual Friendship Retreat at Padmaloka, three Order members each gave a talk exploring different aspects of Spiritual Friendship. The talks were given to men training for ordination and Order members. In the third of these talks, Jnanavaca draws out perspectives on the theme in a talk called ‘The Friend of the World’. This talk is part of the series ‘Padmaloka Spiritual Friendship Retreat 2021’.
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Meeting Spiritual Friends

Mon, 18 Oct, 2021 - 00:00
Spiritual friendship is not an added-on part of Going for Refuge, nor is it the Buddhist equivalent to having some mates - rather it is of the essence of the spiritual life and a vital means of communication, emotional development, and meaning - not to mention challenge and enjoyment. But how do we do it and what does it look like? During the 2021 Spiritual Friendship Retreat at Padmaloka, three Order members each gave a talk exploring different aspects of Spiritual Friendship. The talks were given to men training for ordination and Order members. In the second of these talks, Vidyadaka draws out perspectives on the theme in a talk called ‘Meeting Spiritual Friends’. This talk is part of the series ‘Padmaloka Spiritual Friendship Retreat 2021’.
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A Lovely Intimacy

Mon, 18 Oct, 2021 - 00:00
Spiritual friendship is not an added-on part of Going for Refuge, nor is it the Buddhist equivalent to having some mates - rather it is of the essence of the spiritual life and a vital means of communication, emotional development, and meaning - not to mention challenge and enjoyment. But how do we do it and what does it look like? During the 2021 Spiritual Friendship Retreat at Padmaloka, three Order members each gave a talk exploring different aspects of Spiritual Friendship. The talks were given to men training for ordination and Order members. In the first of these talks, Padmavajra draws out perspectives on the theme in a talk called ‘A lovely intimacy’. This talk is part of the series ‘Padmaloka Spiritual Friendship Retreat 2021’.
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Reflections On the Meghiya Sutta

Sun, 26 Sep, 2021 - 00:00
In this talk Padmavajra explores the Meghiya Sutta from the perspective of Spiritual Friendship and the supportive conditions that flow out of spiritual friendship. Talk given 18 September 2021 in Padmaloka during the Going For Refuge Weekend on Love, Friendship and Freedom.
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The Padmaloka 2022 Programme - Live and Ready for Bookings

Fri, 3 Sep, 2021 - 12:42

The Padmaloka 2022 Programme - Live and Ready for Bookings

Fri, 3 Sep, 2021 - 12:42

There is a full programme of open retreats, GFR retreats and Order retreats including new themes:

The Ultimate Man: An introductory weekend on the Buddha as The Ultimate Man, where we will explore the power of the Buddha’s wisdom as exemplified in the story of his extraordinary life.
28th to 30th January

Traversing the Imaginal World: An introductory weekend on the Buddha as The Ultimate Man, where we will explore the power of the Buddha’s wisdom as exemplified in the story of his extraordinary life.
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August Ordinations at Padmaloka

Thu, 26 Aug, 2021 - 14:30

August Ordinations at Padmaloka

Thu, 26 Aug, 2021 - 14:30

This year at Padmaloka we have hosted two Ordination retreats so far, and in just under two weeks we will be starting a third, where sixteen men will be going forth from their previous identities and lives and stepping into the world of the Dharmachariya and the Triratna Buddhist Order.

The Public Ordinations will be taking place on the 26th of August at 14.30 (BST), and they will again be live-streamed from the Padmaloka shrine room and available to watch on our...

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Autumn - Winter 2021 Programme is now Live!

Wed, 14 Jul, 2021 - 15:45

Autumn - Winter 2021 Programme is now Live!

Wed, 14 Jul, 2021 - 15:45

We are delighted to announce that the Padmaloka Autumn-Winter programme has just gone live and is ready for bookings.

This final phase of the year marks a step towards a normal programme of residential retreats here at Padmaloka. All of the retreats will be in-person, albeit with initially lower attendance limits.

The programme includes some of the classic Ordination Training retreats:

Spiritual Friendship: Exploring the centrality of Kalyana Mitrata, and how to practice it.
The System of Dharma Life: A look at the key elements of an effective...

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Public Ordinations At Padmaloka - Thursday 8th July 2.30pm

Thu, 8 Jul, 2021 - 14:30

Public Ordinations At Padmaloka - Thursday 8th July 2.30pm

Thu, 8 Jul, 2021 - 14:30

We are once again delighted to announce that on the 8th of July at 14.30 (BST), seven men will be welcomed into the Triratna Buddhist Order:

Tim Knights, Ewan Sutherland, Mook Burns, Paul Swift, Peter Wells, Robert Young, Michael Pidgeon

The public ordinations will be live-streamed from the Padmaloka shrine room and available to be seen on our YouTube channel.

Please follow this link to access the scheduled live stream: https://youtu.be/B4gFXNTb4DI

And see here for the full event page: https://padmaloka.org.uk/retreats/2021/summer-ordination-retreat

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Breaking Out and Batter Down the Door

Sat, 3 Jul, 2021 - 00:00
In this talk given on an online men's Great Gathering. Padmavajra reads and comments on Bhante's short poem 'I Want to Break Out..." In this talk we hear about Bhante Urgyen Sangharakshita in the very early days of starting the Order and Movement in London. We hear about tramping the windy moor, about friendship and communication. We hear about "cutting up the Void with a knife", pitching the stars from their place - and being blinded by the sky blue eye of Reality. This is a talk about a poem filled with ecstasy of breaking out and breaking through...