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What does a Buddhist Order have to offer the world in times of conflict, violence and environmental destruction? How is the creation of spiritual community relevant to wider society? What would a genuine, adequate and radical response to the cries of the world look like? How do we ground a burning aspiration for liberation from suffering in a tangible path of practice? 

The Buddha’s teachings have both profound and pragmatic implications for living our life, addressing the root causes of suffering and calling for a transformation of self as a way to a corresponding transformation of world. 

Through exploring the practice of the six paramitas, or transcendental virtues, we will approach this sublime and challenging ideal of the Bodhisattva, who is dedicated to awakening for all beings, in a series of talks from a line-up of experienced practitioners within our tradition.

Though the many beings are numberless, I vow to save them.
Though greed, hatred and ignorance rise endlessly, I vow to cut them off.
Though the Dharma is vast and fathomless, I vow to understand it.
Though the Buddha’s way is beyond attainment, I vow to embody it fully.


There are no tickets for this event. We’ll share Zoom links for each event here on the day!

Saturday April 6: Generosity (Dana) with Nagaketu (Part of Triratna Day)
(90 mins) USA PST 08:00 | Mexico 09:00 | USA EST 11:00 | IE & UK 16:00 | Europe 17:00 CET | India 20:30 | Australia AEST 02:00 (next day) | New Zealand NZST 03:00 (next day)

Saturday May 4: Ethics (Sila) with Vajratara
(90 mins) USA PST 02:00 | Mexico 03:00 | USA EST 05:00 | IE & UK 10:00 | Europe 11:00 CET | India 14:30 | Australia AEST 19:00 | New Zealand NZST 21:00

Saturday June 22: Forbearance (Ksanti) with Jnanavaca
(90 mins) USA PST 02:00 | Mexico 03:00 | USA EST 05:00 | IE & UK 10:00 | Europe 11:00 CET | India 14:30 | Australia AEST 19:00 | New Zealand NZST 21:00

Saturday July 13: Energy (Virya) with Parami
(90 mins) USA PST 12:00 | Mexico 13:00 | USA EST 15:00 | IE & UK 20:00 | Europe 21:00 CET | India 00:30 (next day) | Australia AEST 05:00 (next day) | New Zealand NZST 07:00 (next day)

Friday August 2: Meditation (Samadhi) with Amala
(90 mins) USA PST 12:00 | Mexico 13:00 | USA EST 15:00 | IE & UK 20:00 | Europe 21:00 CET | India 00:30 (next day) | Australia AEST 05:00 (next day) | New Zealand NZST 07:00 (next day)

Saturday October 19: Wisdom (Prajna) with Mahamati (time to be confirmed)
(90 mins) USA PST 02:00 | Mexico 03:00 | USA EST 05:00 | IE & UK 10:00 | Europe 11:00 CET | India 14:30 | Australia AEDT 20:00 | New Zealand NZDT 22:00




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About the day retreat
Join experienced writer and meditator Yashobodhi for this day retreat tuning into joy through meditation and reflective writing.

We cannot force joy to come, but we can certainly invite it to enter our experience as we delve gently into the realm of things waiting to be discovered.

The writing on this day is about process rather than about a product. We are not writing texts, but using the writing for our personal reflections and explorations.

It works best if you attend both parts of the day, but you are also welcome to only come to the first or second session. And you won’t have to share your writing with anyone if you’d rather not!

The ingredients of the day:

  • Guided meditation
  • Reflective writing
  • Some optional interaction in small groups (3-4 people)

Do come along if you want to regroup, refresh and reinforce yourself. We will be looking forward together…

Sunday May 19 2024

First session (3 hrs): USA PDT 2:00 am | México CST 3:00 am | USA EDT 5:00 am | IE & UK BST 10:00 am | Europe CEST 11:00 am | India IST 2:30 pm | Australia AEST 7:00 pm | New Zealand NZST 9:00 pm

Second session (2.5 hrs): USA PDT 6:30 am | México CST 7:30 am | USA EDT 9:30 am | IE & UK BST 2:30 pm | Europe CEST 3:30 pm | India IST 7:00 pm | Australia AEST 11:30 pm | New Zealand NZST 1:30 am (next day)

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About Yashobodhi

Yashobodhi has been teaching Buddhism, meditation and mindfulness in different settings for over 15 years. She is also a writer and published a variety of articles and two books. For a number of years she has facilitated reflective writing groups, both for the TBCO and elsewhere. Yashobodhi is originally from the Netherlands, but has lived and worked in the UK since 2010 and happily continues to do so.

Listen to Yashobodhi’s mindful reflections on painting




13 – 19 SEPTEMBER, 2024

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A home retreat to enrich and inspire the heart of wonder

The mind, freed from the pressure of the will, is unfolded in symbols

W.B. Yeats

Following last year’s successful Mindfulness and Imagination retreat, The Heart of Imagination offers a week of meditation and creative practice, drawing inspiration from poetry, art, nature and Buddhist symbols.

Over the seven days we’ll engage in a variety of mindfulness practices, reflections and creative explorations to access the potential of the imagination to awaken the heart and enrich our lives.

Bringing mindful awareness to the whole of our lives, we’ll explore how being grounded and embodied can open a space for curiosity, receptivity and connection.

To deepen our understanding of creativity and the imagination as gateways to awakening, we’ll draw on the great themes of spiritual life as formulated by Sangharakshita:

  • Integration, meaning embodied awareness
  • Positive emotion: an open, loving and empathic heart
  • Spiritual Death: releasing limiting attitudes, and finding a more authentic way of being
  • Spiritual Rebirth: the realm of imagination that brings an expanded experience of ourselves and opening to a sense of mystery
  • Spiritual Receptivity: resting in the freedom of open, spacious awareness and creative flow

These are doorways to a more creative experience that we can access whatever our circumstances.

Enlightenment is the state of irreversible creativity

Urgyen Sangharakshita

Friday September 13 – Thursday September 19, 2024

First daily session (2 hrs): USA PDT 2:00 am | México CST 3:00 am | USA EDT 5:00 am | IE & UK BST 10:00 am | Europe CEST 11:00 am | India IST 2:30 pm | Australia AEST 7:00 pm | New Zealand NZST 9:00 pm

Second daily session (1.5 hrs): USA PDT 7:30 am | México CST 8:30 am | USA EDT 10:30 am | IE & UK BST 3:30 pm | Europe CEST 4:30 pm | India IST 8:00 pm | Australia AEST 12:30 am (next day) | New Zealand NZST 2:30 am (next day)

Third daily session (1.5 hrs): USA PDT 11:30 am | México CST 12:30 pm | USA EDT 2:30 pm | IE & UK BST 7:30 pm | Europe CEST 8:30 pm | India IST 12:00 midnight | Australia AEST 4:30 am (next day) | New Zealand NZST 6:30 am (next day)

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Vishvapani is a writer, broadcaster and mindfulness teacher based in Cardiff with over four decades’ years experience of Buddhist practice.As a writer, he’s best known for Gautama Buddha: the Life and Teachings of the Awakened One and as the Buddhist contributor to Thought for the Day on BBC Radio 4. He’s a prominent figure in the UK’s mindfulness world and has taught over 150 mindfulness courses.

He loves to explore poetry, myth and imagination, along with Buddhism, in his writing, teaching and practice.

Amitajyoti is a full-time artist, tutor and freelance teacher/trainer living and working in London. She received BA (Hons) Fine Art in 1998, and in 2003 studied drawing, to MA level, at the Royal Drawing School. Her work is held in private collections across the UK, Europe and America.

 She has been practising mindfulness meditation for over 30 years and has been teaching drawing, mindfulness and the imagination courses and workshops for over 20 years in both Buddhist and secular contexts. She has worked as a freelance drawing and mindfulness teacher/trainer in a variety of locations including The National Gallery, British Museum, British Library, Pallant House Gallery and the Queens Gallery.



OCTOBER 25 – 31, 2024

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An embodied opportunity to explore meditation in community

Following on from last year’s successful Home Retreat ‘Forces for Good: Challenging Emotions as Portals to Liberation’, our friends Balajit, Singhashri and Viveka are back and joining forces again to offer another wonderful embodied opportunity to explore our system of meditation in depth and in community.

This year we’re all invited to draw inspiration from the Mahayana Trikaya (“three body”) teaching that points to who we actually are via three simultaneous dimensions of reality:

  • Nirmanakaya: coming home to presence within this body, this world

  • Sambhogakaya: befriending the dynamic flow of feeling and energy, and the relational dimension of being

  • Dharmakaya: opening to the luminous, boundless dimension of awakened being

We will delve into poetic themes of “coming home” and “belonging” as an emotionally engaging and relational approach to insight that allows:

  • Respect and appreciation of core human needs – belonging, safety and dignity

  • Holding of the tension between our ideals and our current (often messy) experience

  • Healing the illusion of separation and the habits of dualism

  • Learning to feel sensations of belonging at the levels of self, community, place, world
    and to express compassionately responsive activity

  • Deepening of mindfulness and metta as practices capable of helping us see the true nature of reality

This retreat will include meditation, movement (somatics), music, chanting and ritual, exercises and discussions, teacher input and practice reviews.

If friendship in community is the whole of the spiritual life, here’s your chance to go deeper in your own practice in the supportive company of others.  

“The Dharmakaya is… the embodiment, or the perfection of mind. Mind meaning here the deepest part of oneself, because it is with that deepest part of oneself…that one realises the ultimate. So Dharmakaya corresponds to mind, what in us is mind, in a Buddha is Dharmakaya.

In the same way Sambhogakaya corresponds to speech, what, in us is speech or communication, or communication principle, in a Buddha is Sambhogakaya. So in his Sambhogakaya form, in his ideal form, his archetypal form, he communicates with others on the same spiritual level, communicates with other Buddhas and with highly advanced Bodhisattvas.

And then Nirmanakaya corresponds with – it literally means ‘body of transformation’ – …what is Nirmanakaya in a Buddha in us is physical body. Our physical body determines where we are. The fact that we have a physical body means that we exist at a certain point in space and a certain point in time…”

Sangharakshita, Seminar on the Songs of Milarepa

Friday October 25 – Thursday October 31, 2024

The retreat will start at the time of the second session on October 25. This is to allow the full team to begin the retreat together. All other days will feature three sessions at the times shown on the booking page.

N.B. This retreat is for peole with at least six months’ meditation experience. Please get in touch if you have any questioins about attending:

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Balajit (he/him) has been leading retreats and events across the UK for around 15 years. For several years he lived and worked at Vajraloka Retreat Centre in North Wales.

He is currently based in Birmingham, where he mixes Buddhist teaching responsibilities with work as a trauma therapist. He has studied the newly emerging psycho-biological approaches to trauma work- and is qualified in Somatic Experiencing, NARM therapy and SHEN Therapy.

In the past few years, Balajit has been exploring correspondences between these emerging approaches and the canonical Dharma, as aids to becoming more embodied and the arising of the bodhicitta.

Singhashri (she/her or they/them) is a queer, Latinx-American dharma teacher and writer. They teach mindfulness and compassion as means to awakening to love, beauty and truth and have committed their life to supporting collective liberation for all and the joy and freedom found there. They teach at various retreat and urban centres across the UK, Europe and the USA, and support a number of projects aimed at creating greater diversity and inclusion within Buddhist sanghas and the secular mindfulness field. They currently live in London with their partner.

Viveka (she/they) has worked for social, racial, economic, environmental and gender justice and civil rights for 30 years as a consultant, facilitator, trainer, coach and somatic coach. She specializes in guiding leaders and organizations through transformational processes: race equity and liberation culture change and strategy, team building and coaching, vision and strategy, leading innovation and change and working with conflict, leadership transition, and alliance building.

Viveka was chair of the San Francisco Buddhist Center for 15 years, until 2015. She still serves on the board, and leads meditation and Dharma retreats in the Bay Area and around the world.

Daily Meditation

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We offer two open meditation spaces Monday to Saturday every week.
Please be aware that there will be seasonal time changes for the US, India and Oceania in spring and autumn/fall.

First sit (45 mins):

USA (PST): 23:30 (previous day)
México: 00:30
USA (EST): 02:30
IE & UK: 07:30
Europe (CET): 08:30
India: 12:00
Australia (AEST): 16:30
New Zealand (NZST): 18:30

Second sit (45 mins):

USA (PST): 05:00
México: 06:00
USA (EST): 08:00
IE & UK: 13:00
Europe (CET): 14:00
India: 17:30
Australia (AEST): 22:00
New Zealand (NZST): 00:00 (next day)