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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"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.Find out more »
Tuning into the elemental qualities of our embodied experienced brings ease and enjoyment, and can even lead to Awakening. Join us to explore the important Buddhist practice of meditation and reflection on the 'great elements' in ourselves and in the beautiful natural environment of Vajrasana retreat centre.Find out more »
This retreat, the longest and most intensive in our programme, is 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. Open to anyone who has a basic understanding of Buddhism (eg from an Introduction to Buddhism course), and has learnt to meditate. Four day retreat, Monday 24 - Friday 28 June.Find out more »
This retreat explores three qualities associated with the inspiring figure of the Buddha Ratnasamhava - wisdom of equality, creativity and equanimity. 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.Find out more »
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.Find out more »
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, Paramananda, Prajnanita & Sudurjaya