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Men’s Open Retreat: The Secret Life of the Buddha

16th October - 21st October

Viryanaga will be co-leading the Men’s Open Retreat: The Secret Life of the Buddha, 16th – 21st October. 

Buddhism is concerned not with theories and speculations or with mere external displays of religious piety, but with the direct experience, in the depths of our being, of what we truly and essentially are. As such, the Buddhist path to Enlightenment is strewn with creative symbols – images, colour, evocative myths and stories, mantric sound, and rituals – to stir the depths of our consciousness and guide us towards, even give us a glimpse of, this direct experience of Reality.

On this retreat, Padmasagara will give a series of talks on the life of the Buddha as revealed in the scriptures, which are packed full of creative symbols: showers of flower petals, great lotus lakes, fire-breathing dragons, encounters with Mara the Evil One, and various miraculous happenings. We will see how these symbols are not just creative in the abstract, or in the past, or in India or Tibet; they are creative right here and now. Through discussion, meditation, chanting and ritual we will contemplate these creative symbols, allow them to work on us, transform us, energise us, and spark us off in our own spiritual lives so that with increasing confidence we can follow in the Buddha’s footsteps.

Booking Essential (via Padmaloka, here)

This retreat is being organised by Padmaloka Retreat Centre, so please book directly through their website and contact them concerning any questions or queries – https://www.padmaloka.org.uk/

The retreat will be attended by a number of men from the Brixton Buddhist Community, and Viryanaga and Maitrinara  will be on the team for this retreat – if you like to travel there together (we’ll be arranging lifts or group travel by train) please contact viryanaga@brixtonbuddhistmeditation.org.


16th October
21st October




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