Down the centuries there has been a strong tradition among Buddhists of going on retreat in quiet, secluded places. In the Buddha’s day a cave or even the roots of a shady tree in the jungle were often the location. During the three-month rainy season the Buddha recommended that his followers stay in one place and meditate more intensely. And over time buildings were erected to house the disciples during this period of retreat.
Today there is still a great value in stepping back from worldly concerns and duties and leading a simple, focused life for a while. Retreats in the countryside are an opportunity to take meditation and reflection further; perhaps to study the Dharma or experience extended periods of silence. Retreats can be any length of time – from a weekend to a couple of months or more.
There are around 17 retreat venues within the Triratna Buddhist Community. Most run a wide variety of retreats throughout the year exploring Buddhism, Buddhist meditation, ritual and yoga. Some retreat centres also run specific events which promote well being – such as tai chi, shiatsu, massage, or the Arts (for example, meditation and writing,
painting, photography, singing, etc.). Individual centres and groups also hire venues for particular events.
See program details and book now for all eight Triratna Buddhist Retreat Centres in the UK: Going on Retreat.
Abhayaloka Kaikille avoimia retriittejä (Suomi)
Aryaloka Retreats for everyone (New Hampshire, USA).
Dhanakosa Retreat Centre Retreats for everyone (Perthshire, Scotland).
Dharmagiri Retreater för alla (Sverige)
Guhyaloka Men’s ordination retreat centre, also available for solitary retreats (Alicante, España).
Metta Vihara Retraites voor iedereen (Retreats for everyone) (De Lage Lande).
Padmaloka Retreats for men (Norfolk, England).
Rivendell Retreat Centre Retreats for everyone (Sussex, England)
Sudharshanaloka Retreats for everyone (Thames, New Zealand)
Taraloka Retreats for women (Shropshire, England).
Tiratanaloka Retreats for women (Brecon, Wales).
Vajraloka Men’s and Mixed Meditation Retreats, North Wales.
Ven. Hsuen Tsang Retreat Centre (Bor-Dharan, Wardha, India).
Vijayaloka Retreats for everyone (New South Wales, Australia).
Vimaladhatu Retreats für alle (Deutschland).
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