I Am Because We Are (Online Special)

This retreat is suitable for those who have a regular meditation practice and who regularly attend retreats, a centre or a group within the context of the Triratna Buddhist Community. You will also need to be familiar with, and happy to participate in, Triratna Buddhist devotional practice and ritual (puja), be comfortable with extended periods of sitting meditation and the possibility on some retreats of periods spent in silence.

Additionally, this retreat is for those with at least six months meditation experience interested in deepening their practice and links with the wider context of social and environmental issues in our world.

'I am because we are' is a traditional Ubuntu saying. We all yearn to find and engage with others in spaces of deep meaning and heart-felt belonging, where we are each doing our own work in deep connection with one another. This is the ideal of beloved community. Our dharma practice provides a crucible where we hold the tension between our ideals and what is happening now, which sometimes feels very far from our ideals.

How do we show up for ourselves and others with an attitude of openness and curiosity, willing to see clearly the parts of us that are both longing for freedom and those still in the shadows, confused, or actively resisting change? This question is relevant to both how we work internally and also how we engage in beloved community. It is the ground from which true inclusivity can take root, grow and flourish, creating beloved community from the inside out.


Costs are £45 to book, plus whatever you wish give additionally as a donation to help Rivendell.


If you wish to donate please do so at the booking checkout. Thank you.


Please note that you will receive an email containing your joining information, close to the time of the event.


Please also note 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 for us to be able to change this information to reflect the circumstances of this special online event.


Retreat schedule (all times in BST):

Friday, August 21st

10:30-12:00pm - Introductions and retreat overview

4:00-5:00pm - Meditation and dedication ceremony

Saturday, August 22nd

10:30-12:30pm - Input, meditation and enquiry

4:00-5:00pm - Meditation and enquiry

Sunday, August 23rd

10:30-12:30pm - Input, meditation and enquiry

4:00-5:00pm - Meditation and closing ritual

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Single Room Availability: 
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Date: Friday, August 21, 2020 to Sunday, August 23, 2020

Prices for this event are: £45

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