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International Retreat 2014
International Retreat 2014

Day 1: Dedication Offerings

By Candradasa on Fri, 23 May, 2014 - 23:16

Day 1: Dedication Offerings

By Candradasa on Fri, 23 May, 2014 - 23:16
What better way to round off the first evening of the retreat than with this gorgeous, moody Instagram shot from Ivan, one of our team on the ground covering the event. Good night, Adhisthana, we’ll see you bright and early tomorrow for the first full day…

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International Retreat 2014
International Retreat 2014

Day 1: A lot of mud; many languages

By Munisha on Fri, 23 May, 2014 - 22:49

Day 1: A lot of mud; many languages

By Munisha on Fri, 23 May, 2014 - 22:49The retreat has kicked off: lots of friendly faces, intermittent rain, a great deal of mud already. There is a rumour that someone has cleverly ordered a load of wellingtons (very British rubber boots) for delivery and sale tomorrow!

For a while, Bhante could just be seen sitting in his (warm, dry) conservatory on the other side of the garden.

The evening’s dedication ceremony, led by Dassini, was followed by the Shakyamuni mantra, and those making offerings included...
International Retreat 2014
International Retreat 2014

Day 1: Scenes From A Beautiful Torrent (People and Rain)

By Candradasa on Fri, 23 May, 2014 - 22:47

Day 1: Scenes From A Beautiful Torrent (People and Rain)

By Candradasa on Fri, 23 May, 2014 - 22:47
Everyone’s doubtless thinking of heading off to bed now but here are some great pictures that let you see the other side of what you’re missing… :)

Thanks again to Suvajra, and to Amalavajra.

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Day 1: Vidyatara talks about the shrine at the International Retreat

By Dassini on Fri, 23 May, 2014 - 22:17
Wheat grass, a Javanese Buddha, open fields… some of the inspirations behind the shrine, created by Vidyatara, for the International Retreat.

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International Retreat 2014
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Day 1: We Are Here!

By Candradasa on Fri, 23 May, 2014 - 20:38

Day 1: We Are Here!

By Candradasa on Fri, 23 May, 2014 - 20:38
Some more beautiful portraits from Suvajra of friendly faces appearing on the International Retreat…

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International Retreat 2014
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Day 1: First Meal Impressions

By sanghadhara on Fri, 23 May, 2014 - 20:23
Chop chop! Cooking for 500. The first meal is here!

And first impressions from German and Mexican guests…

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Day 1: Under Way!

By sanghadhara on Fri, 23 May, 2014 - 20:19

Day 1: Under Way!

By sanghadhara on Fri, 23 May, 2014 - 20:19
And we’re off… :) 

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Day 1: The Dining Marquee

By Vidyatara on Fri, 23 May, 2014 - 20:14

Day 1: The Dining Marquee

By Vidyatara on Fri, 23 May, 2014 - 20:14
Just how do you erect a dining marquee big enough for 500 hungry retreatants? Here’s how…
International Retreat 2014
International Retreat 2014

Day 1: Closing Ritual for the Set-up Team

By Satyadarshin on Fri, 23 May, 2014 - 15:34

Day 1: Closing Ritual for the Set-up Team

By Satyadarshin on Fri, 23 May, 2014 - 15:34
End of setup ritual in the shrine room, collective recognition of everyone’s hard work and a chanting of the Transference of Merit and Self Surrender verses.

The set-up is over, let the retreat begin! Only 7 hours to go…
International Retreat 2014
International Retreat 2014

Day 1: Buddhafield Build the International Retreat

By Dassini on Fri, 23 May, 2014 - 15:18
In conversation with Ratnadeva about the Buddhafield working retreat who have set up the Triratna International Retreat at Adhisthana. From a starting team of 7, a week’s work saw the set-up team grow to 60 people, living and practising together as they helped get the retreat venue ready.

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