Taraloka Retreat Centre
Taraloka Retreat Centre

Delve into the luminous Bodhicaryavatara!

By nataliak on Sat, 7 Jan, 2023 - 14:48

Delve into the luminous Bodhicaryavatara!

By nataliak on Sat, 7 Jan, 2023 - 14:48

Attn: Mitras… We have places available on An Ordinary Person’s Guide to Becoming a Bodhisattva, from 27th Jan - 3rd Feb. Led by the experienced team of Maitrisiddhi, Sahajatara and Kusalasara, this is a fabulous opportunity to delve into the rich teachings of the Bodhicaryavatara.

Provocative and poetic, uncompromising and deeply kind: Shantideva’s Bodhicaryavatara, ‘Guide to the Bodhisattva Path’ gives us a path of vision and a path of transformation. How can we engage all of ourselves - messy, passionate, loving-hating beings that we...

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Free Buddhist Audio

Dharmabyte: Clinging to Aspects of Practice Separates Us

By Zac on Mon, 19 Dec, 2022 - 06:00

Whatever we’re doing, whether we’re meditating, working, communicating, or singing, becomes a vehicle to ‘grow’ awareness. Mindfulness becomes panoramic and we live with immediacy and creativity. How do we relate to different aspects of our practice? How do we relate to the practice of others? Vajradevi encourages us to be on the lookout for attachment to views regarding our Dharma practice and the tendency to compare ourselves, furthering the divide between self and other.

Excerpted from...

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...

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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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