West London Buddhist Centre

Weekend Retreat at Othona: Spacious simplicity

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  • Fri Apr 26th 2024
  • Sun Apr 28th 2024
  • 7:00 pm
  • 3:00 pm
  • Booking required
  • £260/£220/£180/£150 (camping only)

“To enjoy life’s immensity, you do not need many things.”

This weekend retreat is an invitation to step aside from the dense input of modern life, and experience simplicity, meditation and companionship.

We will be supported in this by the striking landscape of the Essex coast, with its strong elemental beauty … immense skies, tidal waters and the sound of birds. And the fullness of the English spring, with its blossoming and richness will nourish our senses.

Ryokan was an 18th-century Soto Zen Buddhist monk, hermit and poet. His writings are full of the inspiration and joy he experienced in nature.

My house is buried in the deepest recess of the forest
Every year, ivy vines grow longer than the year before.
Undisturbed by the affairs of the world I live at ease,
Woodmen’s singing rarely reaching me through the trees.
While the sun stays in the sky, I mend my torn clothes
And facing the moon, I read holy texts aloud to myself.
Let me drop a word of advice for believers of my faith.
To enjoy life’s immensity, you do not need many things.

Bodhilila and Amlanadhi will be creating a programme with spaciousness and time to enjoy the landscape. Experience how the simplicity of being on retreat together can nourish the senses, relax the body and allow a deep happiness to arise. There’s even a camping option (bring your own gear) so you can fully dive into nature.

We hope you can join us.



Bodhilila skyAmlanadhi

Bodhilila (l) and Amlanadhi (r)


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The West London Buddhist Centre,

45a Porchester Rd,

London W2 5DP

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