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Tonglen Retreat: Monday

Mon, 24 Mar, 2014 - 08:55

Tonglen Retreat: Monday

Mon, 24 Mar, 2014 - 08:55A bright hard frost this morning, after a clear starry night. The wind has dropped and it’s absolutely still.

At 11am, I’ll be presenting Tonglen in relation to ‘self’. I’ve been remembering a period of time when I was quite new to meditation, and how I had to face certain uncomfortable truths about myself: five hard years of going on retreat acknowledging what was really happening! But the work that I did on myself during those years has become...
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Tonglen Retreat: Sunday

Sun, 23 Mar, 2014 - 13:06

Tonglen Retreat: Sunday

Sun, 23 Mar, 2014 - 13:06The day started with two meditations, held within the silence of early morning - dawn rises quietly in front of the large shrine room windows at Taraloka.

At 11am, I focused on the teaching of the Absolute Bodhicitta. In Tonglen it is sometimes called the stage of ‘Flashing Bodhicitta’. It’s taken me a few years to relate to this aspect of the practice as I’m such a practical sort-of-girl and I need things to be concrete and tangible! But...
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Tonglen Retreat: Saturday

Sat, 22 Mar, 2014 - 06:54

Tonglen Retreat: Saturday

Sat, 22 Mar, 2014 - 06:54After more than a week of unseasonably warm weather, the temperature in the western region of the UK is beginning to drop again, with rain and wind, and even flakes of snow falling right now! Meanwhile, the landscape is showing the full signs of spring, with bright yellow daffodils and dark blue hyacinths scattering their colour – fabulous! It’s like a yearly miracle!

Today is the first day of the retreat and this is often a more complex...
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Announcement of the Tonglen Retreat

Fri, 21 Mar, 2014 - 14:44

Announcement of the Tonglen Retreat

Fri, 21 Mar, 2014 - 14:44*Updated*: Click here for the latest from the retreat. Click + follow above to get notifications of new posts.

Today 24 Dharmacharinis will gather at Taraloka for a retreat on Tonglen.

Led by Saddhanandi, and supported by Ratnavandana, Yashobodhi and Vajramudita.

It will be a week of intensive meditation practice, taking place mainly in silence, and dedicated as an offering to the world and to alleviating suffering.

The retreat will be based around Tonglen...
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Interested in living and working at Taraloka?

Wed, 16 Jan, 2013 - 10:57

Interested in living and working at Taraloka?

Wed, 16 Jan, 2013 - 10:57An exciting opportunity has arisen to join the thriving Taraloka community! We are looking for a female GFR Mitra or Order Member to work as part of the Taraloka Operations Team; you will participate in the team’s shared practical work as well as managing your own work area, either bookings and administration or catering. You would need to be able to work full time, be physically fit and have a strong desire to engage wholeheartedly with both community living...
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Coming on retreat for the first time?

Tue, 21 Aug, 2012 - 13:54

Coming on retreat for the first time?

Tue, 21 Aug, 2012 - 13:54Jo writes:
It’s been a while since we’ve posted anything on our blog. We do now have a Facebook page for short pieces of information, but this wonderful piece was written by Emmy very soon after her first retreat here this year. She came on the Metta Retreat in March and there’s another one running from the 1st-5th October 2012. It’s a great read and a lovely reminder of that feeling of discovering Taraloka for the first time…
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