Women’s Sangha Retreat 2020

Women from the Manchester Sangha come together for a weekend of talks, discussion, meditation and ritual. More info to follow

Who is the Retreat for?

It’s for Order members, Mitras and Centre regulars who have completed a Buddhism Going Deeper course. Please get in touch if you’re not sure.

£150 standard rate / £100 concessionary / £50 age 18 - 25. Payment still a problem? As a small unfunded charity, the Centre relies on the generosity of people who come here, but we don't want to turn anyone away from our events. Please contact the Centre Team on 0161 834 9232 or info@manchesterbuddhistcentre.org.uk and we'll work something out with you. Please book in good time to help the organisers arrange accommodation and catering – bookings will close a few days before the retreat. The venue is Dukes Barn in Derbyshire. Accommodation is in shared rooms and there is good disabled access. Vegan meals included, and limitless cups of tea . . .


Booking your Place

• You need to book and pay in advance please
• Book online with a credit or debit card, or by Paypal - Book Now
• Or phone 0161 834 9232 to pay with a card, or call in and pay with cash or card
• Booking for someone else online? Tell us in the Additional Information box at checkout
• If there are any health issues, physical, emotional or mental, that could affect your participation in a course or event, please contact the Buddhist Centre on 0161 834 9232, and ask to talk confidentially to one of our Order members, before making your booking
• Questions? 0161 834 9232 or info@manchesterbuddhistcentre.org.uk
• Read our Privacy Policy
• If you’re booking, please let us know if you can offer a lift, or need one – we usually manage to arrange for people to travel together
• Full joining instructions will be sent after booking


Retreat Fund

Sangha members who cannot afford a retreat may be able to get help from our retreat bursary fund. Or if you can, please give to the fund so everyone gets the chance to go on retreat.

What if I have to cancel?

Get in touch - you can­:
• Transfer to a similar event when possible
• Cancel and get a full refund if the event is more than 14 days away
• Cancel, but with a cancellation charge of £10 for a day event or six-week course; £20 for a weekend event; £50 for a residential retreat, if less than 14 days from the event date

Men’s Sangha Retreat 2020

Men from the Manchester Sangha come together for a weekend of talks, discussion, meditation and ritual. More info to follow

Who is the Retreat for?

It’s for Order members, Mitras and Centre regulars who have completed a Buddhism Going Deeper course. Please get in touch if you’re not sure.

£150 standard rate / £100 concessionary / £50 age 18 - 25. Payment still a problem? As a small unfunded charity, the Centre relies on the generosity of people who come here, but we don't want to turn anyone away from our events. Please contact the Centre Team on 0161 834 9232 or info@manchesterbuddhistcentre.org.uk and we'll work something out with you. Please book in good time to help the organisers arrange accommodation and catering – bookings will close a few days before the retreat. The venue is Dukes Barn in Derbyshire. Accommodation is in shared rooms and there is good disabled access. Vegan meals included, and limitless cups of tea . . . . .


Retreat Fund

Sangha members who cannot afford a retreat may be able to get help from our retreat bursary fund. Or if you can, please give to the fund so everyone gets the chance to go on retreat.

What if I have to cancel?

Get in touch - you can­:
• Transfer to a similar event when possible
• Cancel and get a full refund if the event is more than 14 days away
• Cancel, but with a cancellation charge of £10 for a day event or six-week course; £20 for a weekend event; £50 for a residential retreat, if less than 14 days from the event date

Sangha Retreat 2020, Adhisthana

Join us at the Triratna Buddhist Community’s spiritual home for the big Manchester Sangha gathering of the year. With talks, discussion, meditation and ritual, being on retreat is the perfect opportunity to live, work, hang out together and get a taste of community life. Adhisthana, in Herefordshire, also offers an opportunity to practice alongside the wider Triratna Community. More details to follow

£150 standard rate / £100 concessionary / £50 age 18 - 25. Payment still a problem? As a small unfunded charity, the Centre relies on the generosity of people who come here, but we don't want to turn anyone away from our events. Please contact the Centre Team on 0161 834 9232 or info@manchesterbuddhistcentre.org.uk and we'll work something out with you.

Who is the Retreat for?

It’s for Order members, Mitras and Centre regulars who have completed a Buddhism Going Deeper course. Please get in touch if you’re not sure.


Booking your Place

• You need to book and pay in advance please
• Book online with a credit or debit card, or by Paypal - Book Now
• Or phone 0161 834 9232 to pay with a card, or call in and pay with cash or card
• Booking for someone else online? Tell us in the Additional Information box at checkout
• If there are any health issues, physical, emotional or mental, that could affect your participation in a course or event, please contact the Buddhist Centre on 0161 834 9232, and ask to talk confidentially to one of our Order members, before making your booking
• Questions? 0161 834 9232 or info@manchesterbuddhistcentre.org.uk
• Read our Privacy Policy

Retreat Fund

Sangha members who cannot afford a retreat may be able to get help from our retreat bursary fund. Or if you can, please give to the fund so everyone gets the chance to go on retreat.

What if I have to cancel?

Get in touch - you can­:
• Transfer to a similar event when possible
• Cancel and get a full refund if the event is more than 14 days away
• Cancel, but with a cancellation charge of £10 for a day event or six-week course; £20 for a weekend event; £50 for a residential retreat, if less than 14 days from the event date

Urban Retreat for Order Members and Mitras Training for Ordination

Sitting with the Buddha – An Urban Meditation Retreat

A non-residential retreat, led by Silabodhi, Acharashraddha, Vishangka, Dayanandi, Mahasraddha, Taravandana and Arthavadin, leading into our Parinirvana Day Festival.

Following on from last year’s successful urban retreat, we invite you to join us for a weekend of collective practice both in our homes and at our Buddhist Centre. The theme this year is Sitting with the Buddha. We’ll use readings from the Pali Canon to explore what the Buddha said about meditation, and from there explore all aspects of our system of meditation. There will also be discussion and puja. Please note that activities won’t start at the Centre until Friday morning.

Meeting up before the retreat

There will be two warm-up evenings where we can hear about the experience of last year’s retreat and living with each other. We can also discuss how we will plan this year’s retreat – who we might live with during the retreat, how best to spend the time together, and answer any questions.

Warm Up Evening 1: Monday 20th January at 7pm
Warm Up Evening 2: Monday 3rd February at 7pm

The Buddhist Centre will be open at its usual times through the retreat, but some short sessions are cancelled.

Collective Practice

Please book on if you intend to come for all or some of this retreat. We encourage you to attend the whole retreat if you can, but you can also drop into any part of it if you aren’t able to commit to the whole retreat. We also encourage you to stay with one another if you can, to strengthen our sense of collective practice.  Last year several people lived together for the period of the retreat and found it really helpful to go deeper in their practice. Please let us know at info@manchesterbuddhistcentre.org.uk if you can host another retreatant or would like to stay with one, and also if you’ll be making your own arrangements to do this.


Programme

Thursday evening, at home or another retreatant’s home:

6 pm: Meal, meditation, creation of shrine, dedication ceremony and quiet time in preparation for the coming days.

Friday at the Centre

10 am: Intro and Dedication
10.30 am: Introductory talk by Mahasraddha: Sitting with the Buddha – personal reflections; followed by Buddha visualisation
12.30 pm: Shared Lunch: Please bring vegan food to share. If it's vegetarian but not vegan, please label it clearly.
1.30 pm: Practice discussion groups and tea break
3 pm: Meditation, readings and puja
4 pm: End
Evening: Evening spent at host’s home, meditation and puja.

Saturday at the Centre

10 am: Intro and hearing how it’s going so far
10.30 am : Short talk by Taravandana: Imagining the Buddha; followed by meditation session and readings
12.30 pm: Shared Lunch: Please bring vegan food to share. If it's vegetarian but not vegan, please label it clearly.
1.30 pm: Practice discussion groups and tea break
3 pm: Meditation, readings and puja
4.30 pm: End
Evening: Evening spent at host’s home, meditation and puja.

Sunday at the Centre

10.30 am: Meditation and readings; Ritual preparation of our beautiful Centre to welcome the Sangha for Parinirvana Day
12.30 am: Parinirvana Day Festival begins with shared vegan lunch


Health Issues

If there are any health issues, physical, emotional or mental, that could affect your participation in a course or event, please contact the Buddhist Centre on 0161 834 9232, and ask to talk confidentially to one of our Order members, before deciding whether to attend.
No charge, but as an unfunded charity, we rely on the generosity of people who use and value the Centre to help cover running costs, over £6,000 a week. We will welcome donations on the day and beyond.

Urban Retreat: Warm Up Evening

Sitting with the Buddha – An Urban Meditation Retreat

The second of two warm-up evenings to prepare for our Urban Retreat for Order Members and Mitras Training for Ordination.  We’ll hear about the experience of last year’s retreat, including what it was like to live with one another. We can also discuss how we will plan this year’s retreat – who we might live with during the retreat, how best to spend the time together, and we can answer any questions.  The first warm-up evening is on 20th January.


Health Issues

If there are any health issues, physical, emotional or mental, that could affect your participation in a course or event, please contact the Buddhist Centre on 0161 834 9232, and ask to talk confidentially to one of our Order members, before deciding whether to attend.
No charge, but as an unfunded charity, we rely on the generosity of people who use and value the Centre to help cover running costs, over £6,000 a week. We will welcome donations on the day and beyond.

Urban Retreat: Warm Up Evening

Sitting with the Buddha – An Urban Meditation Retreat

First of two warm-up evenings to prepare for our Urban Retreat for Order Members and Mitras Training for Ordination.  We’ll hear about the experience of last year’s retreat, including what it was like to live with one another. We can also discuss how we will plan this year’s retreat – who we might live with during the retreat, how best to spend the time together, and we can answer any questions. The second warm-up evening is on 3rd February.


Health Issues

If there are any health issues, physical, emotional or mental, that could affect your participation in a course or event, please contact the Buddhist Centre on 0161 834 9232, and ask to talk confidentially to one of our Order members, before deciding whether to attend.
No charge, but as an unfunded charity, we rely on the generosity of people who use and value the Centre to help cover running costs, over £6,000 a week. We will welcome donations on the day and beyond.