It’s a grey, damp morning with a chill in the air. But I walk over to the retreat centre thinking, as I often do: ‘How did I get so lucky, that this is my life?’ This isn’t publicity, it’s true. I arrived at Taraloka in 2009 as a not-very-together mitra. I got ordained through these conditions, I’ve personally changed so much, and I watch my friends in the community transforming too.
Still, fourteen years later, I never wonder why I get out of bed...
With urgency, humour and passion, 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 are - in the quest for awakening for the sake of all that lives? And how can we turn obstacles into the path itself?
For Dharmacharinis and women training for ordination.
Led by Subhadramati, Maitridevi, Karunadhi, Maitrisiddhi and Mahamani
All proceeds from this event will go to support Tiratanaloka Unlimited.
Free up your energies! Enter a world of colour and magic! Our essential original nature is vajra - pure - the nature of freedom. But how can we access this in direct experience? This is what Tantric Buddhism is all about – touching direct experience of what we most deeply are, through symbol and myth, ritual and mantra. Come and explore the Five Buddha Mandala, great guru Padmasambhava, Dakinis, Cremation Grounds and more….
Taraloka offers a unique context for women to live a full-time Dharma life, for being of service to others and for personal and collective transformation. What’s that like in practice, and who might Taraloka be right for? Watch this video, to find out!
We are recruiting for two people to join our Operations Team in 2024. The positions we are looking to fill are kitchen manager and finance manager, but we are also interested in hearing from anyone who wants to...
While I gather firewood and wild grasses on this hill, the Buddhas of the three worlds are also celebrating. - Ryokan
Amidst the gentle beauty of autumn, come and explore how every moment is a thread in the tapestry of our spiritual life. In this video, Samantabhadri gives us a flavour of the retreat’s spacious simplicity.
Taraloka offers a unique context for women to live a full-time Dharma life, for being of service to others and for personal and collective transformation.
Taraloka is recruiting for a kitchen manager to join the Operations Team in early 2024. You will need to be an Order Member or GFR Mitra with a full, manual UK driving licence. You will need to be able to work full time, be physically fit and have a strong desire to engage wholeheartedly with both community living and team-based right...
We’re really looking forward to welcoming Danayutta back to Taraloka for In the Footsteps of the Buddha, where she will share her love of Buddhist storytelling, as well as a deep dive into the meditation.
The Buddha had many disciples, whose stories have come down to us through the Pali Canon, including the Therigatha, or Songs of the Elder Sisters. Their stories are deeply human - there are tales of grief, tales of love and tales of adventure. All of them share...
Last year, Kamalagita published The Mindful Teacher’s Handbook, a brilliant resource for teachers who are looking to resource themselves. In this interview, she speaks with Natalia (also a former teacher) about her book, about her years of experience as a Buddhist practitioner, teacher and teacher trainer, and about ways in which we ALL can develop deeper resources to help us meet the challenges life throws at us.