West London Buddhist Centre

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

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  • Mon Nov 11th 2019
  • Fri Nov 15th 2019
  • 7:00 pm
  • 12:00 pm
  • Booking required
  • £260 Full waged / £230 Part waged / £200 Unwaged / Bursaries available

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. Taking our seat beneath the Bodhi tree on a diamond throne, dealing with the various attacks of Mara through love and gaining support from the earth. There will be periods of silence to deepen our experience of ourselves strengthened by collective practice and ritual. An opportunity to take time out from our everyday lives and gain a glimpse of the richness of our own being that lays beneath our surface experience.

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, an award winning purpose built Buddhist retreat centre in the midst of the Suffolk countryside, easily accessible from London.

Paramananda is a well known and widely respected meditation teacher, leading classes and retreats both in the UK and internationally.  Ordained in 1985, he is the author of several popular books about meditation and Buddhist practice, most recently The Myth of Meditation (published 2019), and also including the best-selling Change Your Mind, as well as A Deeper Beauty and The Art of meditation: The Body. He has been involved in the West London Buddhist Centre for many years, and has served as its Chair.

Open to anyone who has a basic understanding of Buddhism (eg from an Introduction to Buddhism course), and has learnt to meditate.  Please contact the Centre if you’re unsure whether this retreat is suitable for you.


The easiest way to book is online - just click the button below.

Please make sure you have read all the details of the event, have made sure you are eligible to attend (eg for 'going deeper' events) and are willing to make any commitments that are required.

Bookings are fully refundable up to 7 days in advance. After that we cannot usually offer refunds.

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You can also book in person at the Centre, or by sending a cheque payable to West London Buddhist Centre along with your name, email and phone number and the name and date of the event to:

The West London Buddhist Centre,

45a Porchester Rd,

London W2 5DP

Please include your name, email and phone number with your booking.

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