Retreats in the countryside
Retreats offer the chance to break out of our usual routines and get a fresh perspective on our life. We can explore meditation and Buddhism much more deeply than is usually possible in an evening class at the Buddhist Centre. These retreats are suitable for anyone who has already completed our Introduction to Buddhist meditation course, unless specified otherwise. Directions to the retreat location and information about the retreat are sent out upon booking or shortly before the retreat date.
White Tara Weekend Retreat26-28 July (booking essential)
Friday 26 – Sunday 28 July at Anybody’s Barn
This retreat led by Karunavajra, Shubhra and Vipulakirti is suitable for anyone who has been practising the the Mindfulness of Breathing and Metta Bhavana meditations for at least 6 months.
Of all the colourful figures in Buddhism, White Tara is perhaps the most beautiful. She represents, in female form, many of the lovely qualities of the enlightened mind. During this weekend we will be exploring many of these qualities and experiencing how contemplating White Tara can aid our meditation, and our ethical practice, and bring more beauty into our lives.
Booking is essential – contact the Buddhist Centre Office on email@example.com or 0121 449 5279. Full rate £110, concessionary rate £70. There is a non-refundable deposit of £45 to secure your place.
FRIDAY 6.00pm Supper
7.15pm Team meeting for leaders
8.00pm General Introduction
9.00pm Dedication Ceremony
Silence overnight until start of breakfast
SATURDAY 6.30am Rise
10.30am ‘Arriving’ relaxation and body awareness
12 noon TAM Workshop- exploring the essence of White Tara
7.30pm Preparation for Puja – white attire
8.30pm White Tara Puja
Silence overnight until after breakfast
10.30am Open Space
12 noon Meditation
1.45pm Clear up
2.30pm Reflecting on the weekend and then depart
Non-Residential Weekend Retreat for Order Members and Mitras2-4 August (booking necessary)
Weekend Retreat with Vajragupta: Free Time!13-15 September (booking required)
Friday 13 – Sunday 15 September
Led by Vajragupta at Adhisthana
The Buddha famously said that experience is shaped by mind; we become what we think. This is true of everything we experience, even the time that we seem to experience things ‘in’! Depending on our mental and emotional state, time will tighten or loosen, race or crawl; it will become more hard and solid, or more viscous and flowing. In our modern world, life seems to go faster and faster; surveys show just how many people feel they never have enough time, that they are always in a hurry, and this can be very stressful. Our relationship with time will profoundly effect the quality of our whole life.
On this weekend retreat, through talks, meditation, reflection, and discussion, we will explore just how deeply and fundamentally mind and time are interconnected and mutually dependent. This can help free us from restlessness and anxiety. It can also open us up to the sheer mystery of time, and of what it means to be alive.
Vajragupta was chair of the Birmingham Buddhist Centre from 1997 to 2005. He has published five books on Buddhism. The latest of these, published this year, is Free Time! From Clock-watching to Free-Flowing. Adhisthana offers a wonderful location in rural surroundings. The buildings themselves are ideal for hosting retreats: spacious, beautiful and dedicated to Buddhist practice. Adhisthana forms a hub of Triratna’s activities worldwide and is a very special place to visit.
This retreat is suitable for those who have been introduced to the two meditation practices we teach in Triratna, the Mindfulness of Breathing and Metta Bhavana.
Booking is essential – contact the Buddhist Centre Office on firstname.lastname@example.org or 0121 449 5279. Full rate £110, concessionary rate £70. A non-refundable deposit of £45 is required.
Triratna International Retreat
More information and booking details here.
You may wish also to visit the Triratna retreats website.