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At the Dharma Toolkit we want to offer easy access to Buddhist approaches to life that can help you through the pandemic – and beyond!

Whether you’re brand new to Buddhism and meditation, or experienced in the ways of the Dharma, we hope you’ll find something here for you.

Join some of the best teachers from Buddhist Centres and retreat venues in our community for a series of online events to inspire and guide.

Meditate with us live online, six day a week!

All our classes are offered by donation. If you can, donate to allow others who can’t afford it to access these vital Dharma resources when they need them most.

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Climate, Conditionality and Karma

Using the medicine of the Four Reminders, we open to a new Reality

Triratna Earth Sangha Urban Retreat 2023

1-5 June 2023

The urban retreat begins Thursday 1st June

USA PDT 11:00 | México 12:00 | USA EDT 14:00 | IE & UK 19:00 | Europe CEST20:00 | India IST 23:30 | Australia AEST 04:00 (next day) | New Zealand NZST 06:00 (next day)

Join the Urban Retreat—online or in-person!


We’re really looking forward to this retreat and exploring how the Dharma can support us in relation to the Climate and Ecological Crises. As Buddhists we have something unique to offer the world in this area.

This retreat will be important not just for climate activists but everyone in the Triratna Community who wants to practise the Dharma in the face of these issues.

Part of Buddhist Action Month 2023, and in fulfilment of the European Chairs Assembly’s strategic priority of ‘Dharmic engagement with social and ecological issues’, which is now also a Triratna International Council priority.

The retreat begins a 30-day habit challenge, which extends throughout June.

We hope you can join us at home or with a group at your local centre for the meditations, talks, study and pujas.

See the full programme and meet the speakers

Suggested donation for the retreat:
£100 / $135 / €120 (or £20 / $30 / €25 per day

Come to any sessions you wish on this Home Retreat – catch up online with all the teachings throughout the week!

Like all our events, this retreat is offered by donation rather than charging a compulsory ticket price. If you can, please donate today to help us continue with our work and support others to attend who cannot afford to pay. Thank you!

Led by members of the Triratna Earth Sangha, including Shantigarbha, Akasaraja, Amaragita, Sarvajit, Buddhasevaka, and others.


Further reading

Shantigarbha’s recent book, The Burning House: A Buddhist response to the climate and ecological emergency, published by Windhorse Publications.


Who are we?

A group of Triratna Order members, Mitras and Friends worldwide who are deeply concerned about the climate and ecological crises we face and see it as part of their practice to do something about them. We are all too painfully aware of the Buddha’s core teaching that actions have consequences. The accelerating destruction of ecosystems in the natural world caused by greed, hatred and ignorance is causing untold suffering to beings of many kinds, and we feel that it is our duty as Buddhists to do what we can to raise awareness of the plight of the planet, demonstrate an alternative way of life based on stillness, simplicity and contentment and act to relieve suffering where we can. WebsiteFacebook groupSlack channel.

Re-watch the Triratna Earth Sangha Home Retreat 2022

Entering the Mandala:
Mindfulness and Imagination

A home retreat with Vidyamala and Vishvapani

1 – 7 September, 2023

Viveka and Paramananda

Mindfulness is the ground. Let’s look up at the sky.

Imagine an enormous subterranean chamber all lit up from within. We are living in a tiny chamber next to – indeed, part of – the larger one. We can see nothing at all of what’s going on in the large chamber. In fact, we have no idea that the large chamber is even there.”


Awareness, or mindfulness, is an essential foundation for all spiritual growth. Through knowing experience directly we can transform difficulties and become happier, calmer and more fulfilled.

But awareness offers much more: it also provides a doorway to other dimensions in the large chamber of our experience. Awareness of the body, heart and mind can blossom into awareness of boundlessness, love and mystery, as Buddhist teachers have taught down the millennia.

Imagination is a key to this opening. When our minds are clear and we’re alive to what’s within us and around us, our imaginations wake up to new possibilities.

Vidyamala and Vishvapani invite you to join an exploration of mindfulness and imagination through talks, meditation, creative activities, discussion and shared ritual, particularly focused on the richly evocative symbol of the mandala.

This Home Retreat is an opportunity to live for a week with mindfulness, kindness, poetry and creativity, even in the midst of our daily lives.

“If the doors of perception were cleansed, we would see the world as it really is – infinite.”

William Blake

We offer all our classes by donation. Please give generously so others who can’t afford to pay can attend more events like this.

Suggested donation for the whole retreat:
£125 / $175 / €150 or £25 / $35 / €30 per day.

Viveka and Paramananda

Vidyamala was ordained into the Triratna Buddhist Order in 1995 and is co-founder of Breathworks, a leading mindfulness organisation and she focuses particularly on using awareness and kindness training to work with pain and illness. This draws on her own experience of managing spinal pain and disability. She is an award-winning author of three books and was awarded an OBE in 2022 for her services to pain management and well-being. She regularly leads retreats and workshops, and speaks at international summits, events and webinars.

Vidyamala has long had an interest in the creative mind and heart and how to access this through myth, ritual and non-conceptual approaches and looks forward to deepening this even more on this online retreat.

Vishvapani has practised meditation and Buddhism for over 40 years. He’s a writer, 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.

Friday September 1 – Thursday September 7, 2023

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)

Emptiness and the Nature of Mind

Meditation Intensive led by Tejananda with Upekshanandi

24 – 28 November, 2023

Viveka and Paramananda

Our deepest and truest nature, right now, is the Dharma. We can imagine – and ultimately experience – this as the total openness of the ‘Dharma body’, which is pure emptiness: empty of any divided-ness whatsoever.

Our world is literally made up from this total openness, together with the illuminating clarity of awareness and unlimited, spontaneous ‘compassionate energy’. Traditionally, the union of these is referred to as ‘mind itself’ or ‘the nature of mind’.

Of course, if we’re caught up in the bewilderment of delusion, we don’t realise that the true nature of our mind is these three ‘bodies’. We identify with our own very solid-seeming body and with our sense of ‘me’ as a substantial ‘self’ separate from everyone and everything else. This very natural mistake is a product of our deluded mind, and is the source of so much unnecessary suffering.

Over the five days of this online retreat we’ll be exploring our own body, just as it is, and the relationship between deluded mind and its true nature. As we settle and relax into this open perspective, we may well discover that the ‘compassionate energy’, the love and sensitivity of our deepest heart is – and always has been – informing every moment of our Dharma practice. Indeed, our whole life…

We offer all our classes by donation. Please give generously so others who can’t afford to pay can attend more events like this.

Suggested donation for the whole retreat:
£125 / $175 / €150 or £25 / $35 / €30 per day.


Led by Tejananda. He is the Chair of Vajraloka Retreat Centre in Wales, UK, one of Triratna’s earliest and foremost centres of in-depth meditation practice. He also teaches around the world, with a special connection to the Dharma community in and around San Francisco in the USA.

Friday November 24 – Tuesday November 28, 2023

First daily session (2 hrs): USA PST 12:00 midnight | México CST 2:00 am | USA EST 3:00 am | IE & UK 8:00 am | Europe CET 9:00 am | India IST 1:30 pm | Australia AEDT 7:00 pm | New Zealand NZDT 9:00 pm
Second daily session (1.5 hrs): USA PST 7:00 am | México CST 9:00 am | USA EST 10:00 am | IE & UK 3:00 pm | Europe CET 4:00 pm | India IST 8:30 pm | Australia AEDT 2:00 am (next day) | New Zealand NZDT 4:00 am (next day)
Third daily session (1.5 hrs): USA PST 11:00 am | México CST 1:00 pm | USA EST 2:00 pm | IE & UK 7:00 pm | Europe CET 8:00 pm | India IST 12:30 am (next day) | Australia AEDT 6:00 am (next day) | New Zealand NZDT 8:00 am (next day)

Daily Meditation

Viveka and Paramananda

We offer two open meditation spaces Monday to Saturday every week.

First sit (45 mins):

USA (PDT): 11:30 pm
México: 12:30 am
USA (EDT): 2:30 am
IE & UK (BST): 07:30 am

Europe (CEST): 08:30 am
India (IST): 12:00 noon
Australia (AEST) 4:30 pm
New Zealand (NZST) 6:30 pm

Second sit (45 mins):

USA (PDT) 5:00 am​
México (CST) 6:00 am
USA (EDT) 8:00 am
IE & UK (BST) 1:00 pm
Europe (CEST) 2:00 pm
India (IST) 5:30 pm
Australia (AEST) 10:00 pm
New Zealand (NZST) 12:00 midnight