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Retreats

Going on retreat is one of the most powerful of Buddhist practices – taking time and space, surrounded by nature, to let go of the pressures of daily life and allow the mind naturally to relax and open, and to come into fuller, more harmonious connection with others.

The Triratna Buddhist Community, of which WLBC is part, also runs a wide range of other retreats across the UK, and worldwide:  see goingonretreat.com.

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June 2018

WLBC midweek ‘Going Deeper’ retreat at Vajrasana, Suffolk – ‘Touching the Earth’

Monday, June 25th, 2018 at 7:00pm - Friday, June 29th, 2018 at 11:00am
Akshobya rupee at Vajrasana

Our midweek retreat will be held at the astonishingly beautiful retreat centre Vajrasana, situated in a spacious summer landscape of fields and open skies, and with a garden abundant with flowers, grass and trees. It’s a perfect context for exploring our theme of ‘Touching the Earth’, and an ideal time of the year to be on retreat. Open to anyone who has a basic understanding of Buddhism and has learnt to meditate.

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September 2018

Women’s Sangha Retreat at Rivendell, East Sussex: ‘Waking up’

Friday, September 14th, 2018 at 7:00pm - Sunday, September 16th, 2018 at 3:00pm
Rivendell

The Buddhist path is all about waking up to the present moment, waking up from our mental constructions, illusions and misinterpretations. This women's weekend retreat explores how we can create conditions in our lives that help us move towards this Awakening. Open to women who are regular visitors to WLBC, are interested in Buddhism and know the meditations taught at the Centre.

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Lilamani and Yashobodhi

Men mitras’ retreat at Redfield, Buckinghamshire

Friday, September 21st, 2018 at 7:00pm - Sunday, September 23rd, 2018 at 3:00pm

A residential weekend at Redfield community, Buckinghamshire, for men mitras of the West London Buddhist Centre, and other men by invitation.

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October 2018

WLBC weekend retreat: Opening the Doors to Insight

Friday, October 12th, 2018 at 7:00pm - Sunday, October 14th, 2018 at 3:00pm

Buddhism points out that all life involves some suffering - but shows us how to face up to that fact in a way that leads to a true fulfilment, even joy. Join us to explore how, in a simple programme of meditation, study/discussion groups and devotional practice, with plenty of free time to do nothing, go for walks in the beautiful natural surroundings, or hang out together. All welcome.

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December 2018

City retreat: Sailing the Worldly Winds

Tuesday, December 25th, 2018 at 10:30am - 9:30pm
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One event on Wednesday, December 26th, 2018 at 10:30am

One event on Thursday, December 27th, 2018 at 10:30am

One event on Friday, December 28th, 2018 at 10:30am

One event on Saturday, December 29th, 2018 at 10:30am

One event on Sunday, December 30th, 2018 at 10:30am

One event on Tuesday, January 1st, 2019 at 10:30am

Our annual City Retreat provides a special programme of meditation, reflection and ritual over the holiday period.  Feel free to drop in for any of the programme, or to treat it as a non-residential retreat for the week. Full programme now available.

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Led by Bodhilila, Hanka, Paramananda, Dharmavadana & Sudurjaya

City retreat: Sailing the Worldly Winds

Wednesday, December 26th, 2018 at 10:30am - 9:30pm
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One event on Wednesday, December 26th, 2018 at 10:30am

One event on Thursday, December 27th, 2018 at 10:30am

One event on Friday, December 28th, 2018 at 10:30am

One event on Saturday, December 29th, 2018 at 10:30am

One event on Sunday, December 30th, 2018 at 10:30am

One event on Tuesday, January 1st, 2019 at 10:30am

Our annual City Retreat provides a special programme of meditation, reflection and ritual over the holiday period.  Feel free to drop in for any of the programme, or to treat it as a non-residential retreat for the week. Full programme now available.

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Led by Bodhilila, Hanka, Paramananda, Dharmavadana & Sudurjaya

City retreat: Sailing the Worldly Winds

Thursday, December 27th, 2018 at 10:30am - 9:30pm
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One event on Wednesday, December 26th, 2018 at 10:30am

One event on Thursday, December 27th, 2018 at 10:30am

One event on Friday, December 28th, 2018 at 10:30am

One event on Saturday, December 29th, 2018 at 10:30am

One event on Sunday, December 30th, 2018 at 10:30am

One event on Tuesday, January 1st, 2019 at 10:30am

Our annual City Retreat provides a special programme of meditation, reflection and ritual over the holiday period.  Feel free to drop in for any of the programme, or to treat it as a non-residential retreat for the week. Full programme now available.

Find out more »

Led by Bodhilila, Hanka, Paramananda, Dharmavadana & Sudurjaya

City retreat: Sailing the Worldly Winds

Friday, December 28th, 2018 at 10:30am - 9:30pm
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One event on Wednesday, December 26th, 2018 at 10:30am

One event on Thursday, December 27th, 2018 at 10:30am

One event on Friday, December 28th, 2018 at 10:30am

One event on Saturday, December 29th, 2018 at 10:30am

One event on Sunday, December 30th, 2018 at 10:30am

One event on Tuesday, January 1st, 2019 at 10:30am

Our annual City Retreat provides a special programme of meditation, reflection and ritual over the holiday period.  Feel free to drop in for any of the programme, or to treat it as a non-residential retreat for the week. Full programme now available.

Find out more »

Led by Bodhilila, Hanka, Paramananda, Dharmavadana & Sudurjaya

City retreat: Sailing the Worldly Winds

Saturday, December 29th, 2018 at 10:30am - 9:30pm
|Recurring Event (See all)

One event on Wednesday, December 26th, 2018 at 10:30am

One event on Thursday, December 27th, 2018 at 10:30am

One event on Friday, December 28th, 2018 at 10:30am

One event on Saturday, December 29th, 2018 at 10:30am

One event on Sunday, December 30th, 2018 at 10:30am

One event on Tuesday, January 1st, 2019 at 10:30am

Our annual City Retreat provides a special programme of meditation, reflection and ritual over the holiday period.  Feel free to drop in for any of the programme, or to treat it as a non-residential retreat for the week. Full programme now available.

Find out more »

Led by Bodhilila, Hanka, Paramananda, Dharmavadana & Sudurjaya

City retreat: Sailing the Worldly Winds

Sunday, December 30th, 2018 at 10:30am - 9:30pm
|Recurring Event (See all)

One event on Wednesday, December 26th, 2018 at 10:30am

One event on Thursday, December 27th, 2018 at 10:30am

One event on Friday, December 28th, 2018 at 10:30am

One event on Saturday, December 29th, 2018 at 10:30am

One event on Sunday, December 30th, 2018 at 10:30am

One event on Tuesday, January 1st, 2019 at 10:30am

Our annual City Retreat provides a special programme of meditation, reflection and ritual over the holiday period.  Feel free to drop in for any of the programme, or to treat it as a non-residential retreat for the week. Full programme now available.

Find out more »

Led by Bodhilila, Hanka, Paramananda, Dharmavadana & Sudurjaya

City retreat: Sailing the Worldly Winds

Monday, December 31st, 2018 at 10:30am - Tuesday, January 1st, 2019 at 12:15am

Our annual City Retreat provides a special programme of meditation, reflection and ritual over the holiday period.  Feel free to drop in for any of the programme, or to treat it as a non-residential retreat for the week. Full programme now available.

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Led by Bodhilila, Hanka, Paramananda, Dharmavadana & Tarakarunya

January 2019

City retreat: Sailing the Worldly Winds

Tuesday, January 1st at 10:30am - 9:30pm
|Recurring Event (See all)

One event on Wednesday, December 26th, 2018 at 10:30am

One event on Thursday, December 27th, 2018 at 10:30am

One event on Friday, December 28th, 2018 at 10:30am

One event on Saturday, December 29th, 2018 at 10:30am

One event on Sunday, December 30th, 2018 at 10:30am

One event on Tuesday, January 1st, 2019 at 10:30am

Our annual City Retreat provides a special programme of meditation, reflection and ritual over the holiday period.  Feel free to drop in for any of the programme, or to treat it as a non-residential retreat for the week. Full programme now available.

Find out more »

Led by Bodhilila, Hanka, Paramananda, Dharmavadana & Sudurjaya

February 2019

Seeds of Awakening: Retreat for mitras and Order members

Friday, February 8th at 7:00pm - Sunday, February 10th at 3:00pm

A great opportunity for experienced, committed members of the WLBC sangha to practise together. As the days lengthen and the sap begins to rise in the trees, we will be incubating the seeds of faith, loving kindness and Insight in our own practice, trusting that we have everything we need for them to grow and flourish. Open to mitras and Order members only.

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March 2019

The Taste of Freedom: Weekend retreat at Othona, Essex

Friday, March 22nd at 7:00pm - Sunday, March 24th at 3:00pm

"Just as the mighty ocean has one taste, the taste of salt, so the Buddha's teaching and way of life has one taste, the taste of freedom." Spend a weekend letting go into that flavour of liberation at Othona retreat centre on the shore of the mighty, salty ocean in Essex with a simple programme of meditation, talks, study/discussion groups and devotional practice. All welcome.

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April 2019

Day retreat for people of colour

Sunday, April 14th at 11:00am - 4:00pm

A day of meditation and Buddhist practice for people of colour.

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