Retreats

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 Retreat

26-28 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 info@birminghambuddhistcentre.org.uk 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

7.00am      Meditation

8.45am      Breakfast

10.30am   ‘Arriving’ relaxation and body awareness

11.30am   Refreshments

12 noon                      TAM Workshop- exploring the essence of White Tara

1.00pm                       Lunch

Free afternoon

4.45pm                       Meditation

6.00pm                       Supper

7.30pm                       Preparation for Puja – white attire

8.00pm                       Meditation

8.30pm                       White Tara Puja

Silence overnight until after breakfast

6.30am                       Rise

7.00am                       Meditation

8.45am                       Breakfast

10.30am                     Open Space

11.30am                     Refreshments

12 noon                     Meditation

1.00pm                      Lunch

1.45pm                      Clear up

2.30pm                      Reflecting on the weekend and then depart



Non-Residential Weekend Retreat for Order Members and Mitras

2-4 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 info@birminghambuddhistcentre.org.uk 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.