Weekend retreat 13 – 15 July

Radical relaxation: Great Compassion

Led by Karunavapi and Team

Continuing our exploration of the mandala of spiritual practice with a deeper look at Spiritual Receptivity. This retreat will focus on Just Sitting, a practice in which we’re open to the whole of our experience which forms a vital balance to structured practice, and is also the centre of the meditative mandala, where everything culminates in an experience which Sangharakshita describes as ‘existential relaxation’.

Guided meditations will explore ways into the practice, how to avoid possible pitfalls, and how to set up the conditions for this radical relaxation and simplicity of true ‘Just Sitting’.

We will reflect on the qualities of the archetypal Buddha, Amitabha, with his lotus, softness and openness to growth which comes naturally as a result of receptivity. The deep red Buddha inviting the rite of fascination…

The programme will include meditation, talks, reflection, discussion, workshops and walking in beauty.

For those with at least three months’ experience of the Mindfulness of Breathing and the Metta Bhavana. You need to be 18 or over to attend the retreat


Early bird booking fee until end May £100.Early bird £100

Full price booking fee £120.   Full price £120

The booking fee is calculated to cover the basic costs of accommodation and food and is non-refundable


International Practice Week: ‘Turning Arrows Into Flowers’ 22-29 Sept

Here is an invitation to our 2018 International Triratna Practice Week! 

The plan is for as many Triratna Sanghas across the world to take part as possible so that we can be aware of each other practising together as one practice community, from Europe to the Americas to Australia and including India!

It’s like the Urban Retreats we’ve enjoyed together in Bristol many times before: the week starts with a Day Retreat on Saturday 22 September (essential) and then we carry on with life normally with the emphasis on the retreat practice material.  We can have support in this with on-line talks and led meditations and also buddying up with another retreatant, meeting up where possible.  We then come back on Saturday 29 September for another Day Retreat partly to share how our week’s retreat has gone.  If you’re only free on the first Saturday, you can still take part without coming to this day if you are not free.

Click here for info on thebuddhistcentre.com