Centre of the Sunlit Sky - Online Retreat

To attend this retreat you will need to have been regularly meditating for at least two years and regularly attend retreats, a centre or a group within the context of the Triratna Buddhist Community. You must also be comfortable with extended periods of sitting meditation and Buddhist devotional practice.

This is a fundraising online retreat and costs £80 to book, plus a recommended donation of £60-90 (this can be paid at the booking checkout).

Please note:

1. That the automated booking confirmation that you will receive will contain information that relates to a residential retreat, so please ignore that. It would cost money that we don't currently have to change our systems to reflect the circumstances of these special online events.

2. You will receive a joining email from us close to the start of each event (ideally the day before), with a Zoom link that will work for the whole of that particular retreat online event.

3. Zoom is a simple online communications platform that is very easy to use. If you have not used it before, we suggest that you download this programme and install for free before your retreat is due to take place. You can find the programme at this link: https://zoom.us/download. If you have any questions about using Zoom, please contact us at bookings@rivendellretreatcentre.com

Retreat information

In this meditation week, Vessantara’s teaching will evoke and explore images that have been used for centuries in the Buddhist tradition to deepen both the absorption and wisdom aspects of meditation practice, dispelling the shadows of suffering and unveiling the sun of love and serenity. If we look into the sky, we find it has no centre. Similarly, when we look deeply into our mind we find only boundless awareness, love and freedom. Let’s see what we can discover together…

The programme will include teaching, guided meditations and some devotional practice, as well as small group discussions and opportunities to ask questions.


The teaching sessions will be at times that are likely to suit the majority of people from around the world. With such a spread of time zones, we can’t accommodate everyone. So, if you can’t attend a live session, we aim to make recordings available to watch later for those booked on the retreat.

The following times are all UK time:

Session 1:  7.00 - 7.50 am Chanting and unguided meditation with Ambaranta

Session 2: 10am–12 noon:  Teaching session with Vessantara.

Session 3:  4.00 – 4.45pm:  Optional small groups including tea break
                   4.45 – 5.30pm:  Ritual and devotion with Ambaranta.

Session 4:  8 – 9pm:  Teaching session with Vessantara.


7am UK/5pm Sydney/7pm NZ/2 am New York/11pm PCT (50 mins)

10am UK/ 7pm Sydney/9pm NZ/5 am New York/2 am PCT (2 hours)

4pm UK/ 1am Sydney/2am NZ/11am New York/ 8 am PCT (1 hour 30 mins)

8pm UK/ 5am Sydney/7am NZ/3pm New York/ 12 am PCT (1 hour)

The first day will start with Session 1 and the last day will end with Session 3.

*Please note that these timings may be subject to change.


Retreat Leaders: 
Vessantara & Ambaranta
Single Room Availability: 
Sorry, but the single room is not available on this retreat now
Date: Saturday, June 12, 2021 to Thursday, June 17, 2021

Prices for this event are: £80

Selected Price: 

This event is no longer open for bookings