West London Buddhist Centre

Weekend retreat: Seeing into the life of things

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  • Fri Apr 14th 2023
  • Sun Apr 16th 2023
  • 7:00 pm
  • 3:00 pm
  • Booking required
  • £250/£210/£170

‘While with an eye made quiet by the power
Of harmony, and the deep power of joy,
We see into the life of things…’
Wordsworth, Some Lines Composed Above Tintern Abbey

On this weekend retreat, we will be taking advantage of the coastal setting that Othona, Bradwell-on-Sea offers to engage with the myth of animism as a way of experiencing the world as alive. This can provide an invaluable insight into the central Buddhist teachings of interconnection and universal compassion.

A retreat is a great opportunity to take a break from our regular routine and create more space in both our inner and outer lives. Spending time in the countryside, we can connect with nature and enjoy the positive conditions that arise as we come together as a community, practising together, sharing meals, sharing talks and sharing walks with others on the retreat.

The programme will include talks, meditation, reflection and discussion as well as some chanting and ritual. Weather permitting, we will also do some meditations outside, including periods of walking meditation and standing meditation. There will be plenty of free time to go for walks or chat over a cup of tea with others on the retreat.

We are delighted to be returning to Othona. This retreat centre is in a beautiful, peaceful setting on the Essex coast, just a 5-minute walk from the sea, amid salt marshes, woods and wildflower meadows. Accommodation is simple but comfortable with some single rooms available and with delicious vegetarian and vegan meals cooked by the friendly and welcoming Othona community.

The retreat begins with supper at 7pm on Friday, 14 April and ends at 3pm on Sunday, 16 April.

Let us meet where earth, sea and sky come together to support our practice and develop more spaciousness in heart and mind.

We’ve arranged for a taxi pickup at Burnham-on-Crouch station on the 15.33 train from Liverpool Street. Depending on the number of people, cost will be £7-£10. You need to let us know when you book the retreat if you want a place in the taxi.

Offer a lift from London, please let us know. Need a lift: please let us know and we will contact you if there are any lifts available.

Ratnadevi photo

Ratnadeva and team


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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.

‘A universe conceived of as dead cannot be a universe in which one stands any chance of attaining enlightenment’

‘We have somehow to hunt for a real feeling for the life of things.’


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