College of Public Preceptors
College of Public Preceptors

Chairs' Letter – July 2021

By punyamala on Sat, 31 Jul, 2021 - 14:25

Chairs' Letter – July 2021

By punyamala on Sat, 31 Jul, 2021 - 14:25

Dear Order Members and friends,

Ratnadharini has been encouraging the College deputies to write this monthly letter occasionally, so I agreed to take the plunge this month!

July started with an international, online weekend meeting of the College. Since I became a public preceptor in 2015 the College has met twice a year in March and November so it is a new development to meet in the summer. The meeting worked well and I appreciated connecting with the other public preceptors. Due to the...

Taraloka Retreat Centre
Taraloka Retreat Centre

Order Retreat: Dancing in the Bardo with Vijayamala & Moksanandi

By nataliak on Fri, 23 Jul, 2021 - 14:50

Order Retreat: Dancing in the Bardo with Vijayamala & Moksanandi

By nataliak on Fri, 23 Jul, 2021 - 14:50

This year’s annual very popular Women’s Order Retreat at Taraloka will be on the theme of the Bardo Verses taken from the Bardo Thodol – one of the main insight reflections recommended by Bhante from the very early days of the movement.  

‘Bardo’ literally means ‘in-between’, so the Bardo of Life is an experience of aliveness arising between dream states. But what does it mean to be alive, to be awake to the full mystery of sensory experience?  Every moment is...

Taraloka Retreat Centre
Taraloka Retreat Centre

2021 residential retreats now available for booking!

By nataliak on Thu, 17 Jun, 2021 - 16:41

2021 residential retreats now available for booking!

By nataliak on Thu, 17 Jun, 2021 - 16:41

Following a successful reopening, we’re pleased to say our programme of residential retreats is now up and available for booking! It’s been so wonderful to have retreatants on Tara’s land again. Have a look at what’s available and book asap - they’re filling up quickly! 

If you’re wondering how social distancing measures will affect your experience of being on retreat, here’s what a couple of our retreatants have said… 

College of Public Preceptors
College of Public Preceptors

Chairs' Letter – May 2021

By ratnadharini on Mon, 31 May, 2021 - 21:54

Chairs' Letter – May 2021

By ratnadharini on Mon, 31 May, 2021 - 21:54

Dear Order Members and friends,

Last month one of my deputies, Amrutdeep, wrote from his perspective about the effect of the Coronavirus pandemic in India. 16 Order members and over 35 Dhammamitras died in India in the last couple of months and it’s still pretty grim; if you’d like to help, you can read more about some of the ways in which you can give here.

Its poignant that over the past...

College of Public Preceptors
College of Public Preceptors

Ordinations at Taraloka

By Subhadramati on Mon, 24 May, 2021 - 11:14

Ordinations at Taraloka

By Subhadramati on Mon, 24 May, 2021 - 11:14

I’m very happy to let you know that ten public ordinations took place at Taraloka on the afternoon of Sunday 23rd May. This culminates the UK spring ordination retreats led by Subhadramati, Vajratara, Hridayagita and Danayutta from Taraloka over the last five weeks. The new order members did the retreat with their private preceptors at various locations in the UK with a full online retreat programme from Taraloka. We’re delighted that this was able to take place despite demanding conditions.  

Pat MacKenzie from Llangollen becomes Karunasati (a...

Taraloka Retreat Centre
Taraloka Retreat Centre

Coming up next month: 'Freedom of the heart' - *online* Taraloka metta retreat for Triratna regulars!

By SophieAnn on Tue, 23 Feb, 2021 - 15:12

Coming up next month: 'Freedom of the heart' - *online* Taraloka metta retreat for Triratna regulars!

By SophieAnn on Tue, 23 Feb, 2021 - 15:12

With limited spaces left, avoid disappointment and book onto this online retreat, led by Saddhanandi, Shubhavyuha and team.

Using the words of the Buddha in the Karaniya Metta Sutta as our guide, we will focus on metta, grounding it in ethics, the practice of it in meditation, and the realisation of the fullness of metta in wisdom.

In cultivating metta, we are seeking to do something both ordinary, in developing qualities such as kindness, friendliness, patience, generosity - and something extraordinary, as metta moves...

Free Buddhist Audio
Free Buddhist Audio

FBA Podcast: Buddhist Practice In the Context of Motherhood

By Sadayasihi on Sat, 23 Jan, 2021 - 06:00

Karunagita, author of A Path for Parents (Windhorse publications 2005), gave this talk at the first weekend retreat for mothers held at Taraloka Retreat Centre, 2014. Here, she introduces the gifts of parenting, including the development of patience, maturity, opening to love and the development of wisdom through direct experience of the three laksanas, as well as the inherent challenges such as lack of time and how they can be approached.

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Free Buddhist Audio

FBA Podcast: The Possibility of Practice

By Sadayasihi on Sat, 16 Jan, 2021 - 06:00

If a talk could ever be described as beautifully bracing, this is it! Amaragita brings a sharp-edged mind and a long-term perspective to the whole question of what practice is.

As you might expect, she also brings humour, warmth and kindness too, qualities that more than balance out the penetrating clarity and sometimes challenging questioning underpinning this exploration of the possibility of practice - for all and especially for those raising families at any stage of...

Taraloka Retreat Centre
Taraloka Retreat Centre

Online Taraloka retreat: Compassionate warrior training!

By SophieAnn on Sat, 9 Jan, 2021 - 10:00

Online Taraloka retreat: Compassionate warrior training!

By SophieAnn on Sat, 9 Jan, 2021 - 10:00

Only 2 weeks to go until this retreat kicks off, and now with only LIMITED SPACES AVAILABLE!

For more information, or to book: https://www.taraloka.org.uk/retreats/online-compassionate-warrior-traini…...

Taraloka Retreat Centre
Taraloka Retreat Centre

Taraloka's 2021 online retreat programme!

By SophieAnn on Fri, 18 Dec, 2020 - 13:24

Taraloka's 2021 online retreat programme!

By SophieAnn on Fri, 18 Dec, 2020 - 13:24


Putting 2020 behind us and looking to 2021, take a first look at Taraloka’s 2021 retreat programme, all *ONLINE* and now available for booking through Taraloka’s website.

It is our hope that women will be able to make the most of online retreats until we are able to open our doors for residential retreats again, perhaps after Easter.

In the...

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