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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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November 2019

Calling the Earth to Witness: Midweek ‘Going Deeper’ Retreat

Monday, November 11th, 2019 at 7:00pm - Friday, November 15th, 2019 at 12:00pm
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Led by Paramananda, one of the most experienced and sought-after meditation teachers in the Triratna Buddhist Community, this retreat will explore the foundations of meditation found in the myth of the Buddha's life. As the longest and most intensive retreat in our programme, it's a rare opportunity to fully immerse yourself in Dharma practice with others from the WLBC sangha in the beautiful and highly supportive conditions of Vajrasana retreat centre in Suffolk. Five day retreat, Monday 11 - Friday 15 November.

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December 2019

City Retreat: Building the Buddha Land

Wednesday, December 25th, 2019 at 10:30am - Wednesday, January 1st, 2020 at 9:00pm

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, Paramananda, Prajnanita & Sudurjaya

February 2020

Retreat for Triratna Mitras and Order Members

Friday, February 7th, 2020 at 7:00pm - Sunday, February 9th, 2020 at 3:00pm
Rivendell retreat Centre

WLBC's annual Order member/mitra retreat is a great opportunity for experienced, committed members of the WLBC sangha to practise together, and to develop friendships that can continue to grow long after the retreat, deepening sangha at the WLBC as well as enriching our own lives. Please note: This retreat is open to mitras and Order members only.

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March 2020

CANCELLED Weekend Retreat at Othona – The Four Noble Truths: Medicine for the World’s Ills

Friday, March 20th, 2020 at 7:00pm - Sunday, March 22nd, 2020 at 3:00pm

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. There’ll be a simple programme of meditation, study/discussion groups and devotional practice, with plenty of time to do nothing, go for walks or hang out together. All welcome.

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Bodhilila, Ratnadeva and Prajnanita

June 2020

Online Retreat: Earth, Heart and Sky

Monday, June 1st, 2020 at 8:00am - 5:30pm
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July 2020

Trust your Mind – Online Weekend Retreat

Friday, July 3rd, 2020 at 7:00pm - Sunday, July 5th, 2020 at 5:30pm

In this weekend retreat we will be exploring Sraddha, our capacity to resonate wholeheartedly with the teaching of the Buddha, confident in our ability to transform and trusting enough to be held by the unknown.

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Prajnanita and Ratnadeva

Online Retreat: There is a field….

Sunday, July 19th, 2020 at 8:00am - Sunday, July 26th, 2020 at 5:00pm

How might a deeper intimacy with our bodies hold a key to transforming views and attitudes which no longer serve us and help us to enjoy a creative and meaningful life?

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Bodhilila and Paramananda

August 2020

The Psychology of Liberation: Bank Holiday Online Retreat

Friday, August 28th, 2020 at 7:00pm - Monday, August 31st, 2020 at 5:30pm

The Abhidharma teachings help us to locate ourselves, to understand our minds in their current unenlightened states. This retreat is for practitioners who are familiar with the mindfulness of breathing and the metta-bhavana and who are open to Buddhist ritual.

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October 2020

Online Weekend Retreat: Fires of Transformation

Friday, October 2nd, 2020 at 7:00pm - Sunday, October 4th, 2020 at 6:00pm

Join us for an online weekend retreat invoking Padmasambhava one archetype of the awakened mind helping us to face our own demons...

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Led by Bodhilila and Ratnadeva

Drawing and the Art of Mindfulness (Online)

Saturday, October 17th, 2020 at 2:00pm - 5:00pm

This online workshop offers an opportunity to explore the beauty and simplicity of the ancient practice of mindfulness in the context of drawing. Experience how the two disciplines complement each other leading to greater clarity of perception, wonder and appreciation of the world around us.

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Amitajyoti

November 2020

The Heart of Practice: Online Retreat

Sunday, November 15th, 2020 at 7:00pm

In this online meditation retreat we will be taking a fresh look at the main practices taught within Triratna with the aim of connecting to the inner spirit at their heart.

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Paramananda and Bodhilila

December 2020

City Retreat 2020: Letting Go and Waking Up

Wednesday, December 30th, 2020 at 7:00pm - 9:00pm
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An event every day that begins at 10:30am, repeating until Saturday, January 2nd, 2021

Join us on retreat from Wednesday 30 December, 7 pm - Saturday 2 January, 8.30 pm, with an extended evening on Thursday 31 December to welcome the New Year in.

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Bodhilila, Prajnanita and Ratnadeva

City Retreat 2020: Letting Go and Waking Up

Thursday, December 31st, 2020 at 10:30am - 12:30pm
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An event every day that begins at 10:30am, repeating until Saturday, January 2nd, 2021

Join us on retreat from Wednesday 30 December, 7 pm - Saturday 2 January, 8.30 pm, with an extended evening on Thursday 31 December to welcome the New Year in.

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Bodhilila, Prajnanita and Ratnadeva

January 2021

City Retreat 2020: Letting Go and Waking Up

Friday, January 1st at 10:30am - 12:30pm
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An event every day that begins at 10:30am, repeating until Saturday, January 2nd, 2021

Join us on retreat from Wednesday 30 December, 7 pm - Saturday 2 January, 8.30 pm, with an extended evening on Thursday 31 December to welcome the New Year in.

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Bodhilila, Prajnanita and Ratnadeva

City Retreat 2020: Letting Go and Waking Up

Saturday, January 2nd at 10:30am - 12:30pm
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An event every day that begins at 10:30am, repeating until Saturday, January 2nd, 2021

Join us on retreat from Wednesday 30 December, 7 pm - Saturday 2 January, 8.30 pm, with an extended evening on Thursday 31 December to welcome the New Year in.

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Bodhilila, Prajnanita and Ratnadeva

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