Retreats for Order Members

Retreats for Order Members


Remaining in the Clear Blue Sky of Awareness – 10-Day Order Retreat

With Prakasha

October 10-20 | £455/425

In the Tibetan tradition of the great perfection teachings there is a set of instructions for formless meditation called the Four Remainings: Remain with your body like a mountain. Remain with your heart open like a child gazing in wonder out across an ocean. Remain with your mind like a clear blue sky. Remain with your senses like a mirror. These four profound teachings, expressed in vivid images, provide simple, direct and clear instructions on how to work with our body, heart, mind and senses in the context of formless meditation and everyday life. Through applying these instructions we can discover how our awareness can become steady like a mountain, broad and deep like an ocean, vast and clear like the blue sky, and bright and reflective like a mirror. Teachings on the recognition of the qualities of the openness, clarity and sensitivity of awareness will also be introduced. The purpose of these teachings is to provide a direct introduction to intrinsic awareness so that we are able to abide and remain in the natural open state of spacious presence. The retreat will include puja and ritual together with supportive silence and meditation reviews.

Women’s Southern Region Order Weekends 2017

  • November 3-5

Men’s Southern Region Order Weekends 2017

  • September 29-October 1


The Shepherd’s Search for Mind – Order Retreat

With Vessantara

June 15-22 | £350/320

The Shepherd’s Search for Mind is a classic story of the great Tibetan yogi Milarepa. In it he helps a young shepherd boy to explore the nature of his mind through meditation. On this retreat we’ll use the story as a catalyst for looking at the nature of our own experience, and to touch into the freedom and expansiveness that result from seeing more clearly how things really are. The retreat will be mostly in silence, and will include presentations, guided meditations, pujas, and the opportunity for meditation reviews.

Vessantara first studied this text with Sangharakshita in 1976 and the teaching methods Milarepa uses in the story were central to his practice during his 3-year retreat in France.

Women’s Southern Region Order Weekends 2018

  • February 02-04
  • May 11-13
  • July 06-08
  • November 02-04

Men’s Southern Region Order Weekends 2018

  • March 02-04
  • October 05-07

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You may also be interested in the Meditation and Dharma weeks, Awakening the Imagination, and the Solitary Chalet


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