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Ordination Training Weekend - The Guru and the Dakini

By Satyakirti on Mon, 14 Sep, 2020 - 14:27

Ordination Training Weekend - The Guru and the Dakini

By Satyakirti on Mon, 14 Sep, 2020 - 14:27

Coming up on the 18th of September is the first online Ordination Training Weekend to happen yet.

Ordination Training Weekends have been one of the great highlights of the Padmaloka programme since the late nineteen-eighties; the purpose of them being to give men who’ve asked for Ordination an opportunity to gather together, with the Ordination Team and to explore and take inspiration from the riches of the Buddha, Dharma and Sangha.

The weekend will be centred around the symbols and significance of the Guru...

Padmaloka Retreat Centre
Padmaloka Retreat Centre

Padmaloka Autumn-Winter Programme 2020 Now Released

By Satyakirti on Sat, 29 Aug, 2020 - 15:33

Padmaloka Autumn-Winter Programme 2020 Now Released

By Satyakirti on Sat, 29 Aug, 2020 - 15:33

It’s been almost 6 months since we had our last residential event here at Padmaloka, the Friends and Guest week, and since then it has just been the community occupying the halls and rooms of Padmaloka, keeping the atmosphere of the shrine room alive and the dust and dirt off the walls and floors.


We were delighted to announce that we will be opening for hybrid events, both residential and online. For the time being the residential aspects of these...

Padmaloka Retreat Centre
Padmaloka Retreat Centre

The Next Phase at Padmaloka: Opening a Hybrid Retreat Centre

By Satyakirti on Wed, 5 Aug, 2020 - 12:54

The Next Phase at Padmaloka: Opening a Hybrid Retreat Centre

By Satyakirti on Wed, 5 Aug, 2020 - 12:54

We’re on the cusp of another new phase beginning here at Padmaloka, that is the opening of a Hybrid Retreat Centre.

Having looked at the UK Government’s advice for places of worship and the advice for accommodation providers, we will be able to run some events that have a small number of people physically on retreat here. The new programme will be made up of events that are either residential only, a hybrid of residential and online, or online only. In...

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Dharma Day Live on Sunday from Padmaloka!

By Centre Team on Thu, 2 Jul, 2020 - 00:30

Dharma Day Live on Sunday from Padmaloka!

By Centre Team on Thu, 2 Jul, 2020 - 00:30

Listen: The Deathless Has Been Attained!
Dharma Day Live on Sunday

Come and celebrate Dharma Day from Padmaloka Retreat Centre – wherever you are in the world!

To celebrate Dharma Day this year, Padmaloka will be offering a full online festival programme including live streamed meditations and rituals from the Shrine Room, and a live talk and Q&A by Padmavajra. His talk will explore the story of the turning of the wheel of the Dharma and, in...

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Padmaloka Retreat Centre

Watch the First 10 Minute Talk in Padmavajra's New Series, 'A Garland of Red Lotus Flowers'

By Prajnahridaya on Sun, 7 Jun, 2020 - 12:24

Watch the First 10 Minute Talk in Padmavajra's New Series, 'A Garland of Red Lotus Flowers'

By Prajnahridaya on Sun, 7 Jun, 2020 - 12:24

So that you can get a taste of Padmavajra’s series of 50 short videos released over the coming 108 days, the first video is now available for everyone to watch.

Click here to learn more and subscribe to the entire series: https://bit.ly/RedLotusGarland

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A Garland of Red Lotus Flowers

By Satyakirti on Fri, 29 May, 2020 - 16:40

A Garland of Red Lotus Flowers

By Satyakirti on Fri, 29 May, 2020 - 16:40

As part of our ‘108 Days of Dharma’ programme (https://bit.ly/108Dharma), on each of the 49 days when we are not hosting online events Padmavajra will be releasing 10 minute videos, each of which will contain reflections on short and essential teachings from the great Buddhist masters, helping you to generate a more vivid awareness of the practice of the Bodhisattva Path in...

Padmaloka Retreat Centre
Padmaloka Retreat Centre

The Perfection of Wisdom and Dedication - Bodhicaryavatara Chapter 9 & 10

By Satyakirti on Thu, 28 May, 2020 - 15:58

The Perfection of Wisdom and Dedication - Bodhicaryavatara Chapter 9 & 10

By Satyakirti on Thu, 28 May, 2020 - 15:58

Teaching Emptiness Respectfully with Happiness Flowing from Clouds of Merit

In his final talk exploring the Bodhicaryavatara, Padmavajra introduces us to Shantideva’s exposition of the Prajnaparamita, the Perfection of Wisdom. Here, Shantideva tells us about the two truths, the conventional and the ultimate, as well as of the true meaning emptiness, which is the cure for the terrible sufferings that we undergo. In doing this he gives us a glimpse of the Bodhisattva “respectfully teaching emptiness … to those who imagine a...

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The Perfection of Meditation - Bodhicaryavatara Chapter 8

By Satyakirti on Thu, 21 May, 2020 - 15:51

The Perfection of Meditation - Bodhicaryavatara Chapter 8

By Satyakirti on Thu, 21 May, 2020 - 15:51


“What is so special about me?” - Shantideva’s Perfection of Meditation

In the penultimate talk in his series devoted to the Bodhicaryavatara, Padmavajra explores chapter eight, the Perfection of Meditation (dhyana paramita). In this chapter, Shantideva tells us that in order to go deeply into meditation, we need to go into the solitude of body and mind, renouncing all worldly attachments and the usual way in which we relate to others. Having doing that, he shows how to develop an...

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Padmaloka Retreat Centre

The Perfection of Vigour - Bodhicaryavatara Chapter 7

By Satyakirti on Thu, 14 May, 2020 - 15:17

The Perfection of Vigour - Bodhicaryavatara Chapter 7

By Satyakirti on Thu, 14 May, 2020 - 15:17

“Like someone hankering for the pleasure and fruit of love-play”

Padmavajra’s seventh talk on Shantideva’s Bodhicarayvatara is an exploration of chapter seven, the Perfection of Vigour (virya paramita). In this chapter Shantideva, makes it very clear that without virya there is no Enlightenment. He tells us what virya is, as well as what opposes virya, which include, sloth, laziness and self-contempt. He explains that virya is developed through the application of six powers: desire; pride; delight; letting go; dedication; and self-mastery. “Having...

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Padmaloka Retreat Centre

"The More They Beat Us, The Louder We Sang" -The Perfection of Patience- Bodhicaryavatara Chapter 6

By Satyakirti on Fri, 8 May, 2020 - 15:55

"The More They Beat Us, The Louder We Sang" -The Perfection of Patience- Bodhicaryavatara Chapter 6

By Satyakirti on Fri, 8 May, 2020 - 15:55

‘Serenity, freedom from disease, joy and long life, the happiness of an emperor, prosperity; these the patient person receives while continuing in cyclic existence.’

Padmavajra’s sixth talk on the Bodhicaryavatara explores Shantideva’s thorough exploration of the perfection of patience. In this chapter, Shantideva brings our attention to the seriousness of the faults of hatred and anger.

He shows how such states of mind arise and gives a number of ways in which patience can be cultivated in relation to the various sufferings inherent in...

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