Women Mitras’ and Dharmacharanis’ Retreat

Entering the Realm of the Dakini: a weekend retreat in North Yorkshire, led by Ratnagita, Satyamuni and Vajramudita for women Mitras and Order Members from the Triratna Buddhist Community in Blackburn and Manchester

The Dakini is a fierce protector of ultimate truth, liberation and freedom. She challenges us to cut through our own kleshas, fetters and concepts. An intense powerful weekend of teaching, ritual, movement and storytelling daring us to surrender to her presence.

£150 full rate, £120 mid rate, £100 low rate. Please decide which price fits your circumstances and income. Our prices change on 1st September 2019. There are 26 places. Please book in good time to help the organisers arrange accommodation and catering – bookings will close a few days before the retreat.


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
• Full joining instructions will be sent after booking
• Please make your own arrangements to travel together to the retreat

The venue is the Beamsley Project, Harrogate Road, Hazelwood, Skipton BD23 6JA. Accommodation is in shared rooms and there is good disabled access. Vegan meals included, and limitless cups of tea. Contact Ratnagita on 07801 652 114 with any queries.


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 join in and 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

Women’s Sangha Retreat 2019

Join your Sangha friends on retreat in the beautiful Derbyshire countryside for meditation, talks, ritual and friendship

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 . . .


Women’s Sangha Retreat Programme

Further details to follow

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 join in and 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 2019

Our fourth and final gathering for men in 2019 is our annual men’s Sangha retreat at Lockerbrook in Derbyshire. The theme this time is: We will wash this Monk – reflections on The Monk with Dysentery. 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.

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 Lockerbrook Farm Outdoor Centre in Derbyshire. Accommodation is in shared rooms and there is good disabled access. Vegan meals included, and limitless cups of tea . . .


We will wash this Monk

One of the most important early Buddhist texts is the tale of the Buddha who comes across a sick monk, ill with dysentery. After he helps to care for the monk, the Buddha exhorts the Sangha to look after each other, saying:

“Monks, you have no mother, you have no father, who might tend to you. If you don’t tend to one another, who then will tend to you? Whoever would tend to me, should tend to the sick.”

What is the relevance of this sutta for us today, as a modern Buddhist Sangha? Mahasraddha will help us to reflect on this in relation to our daily lives as members of the Sangha. We’ll also hear from others about how they have experienced the care of the Sangha. The retreat will be underpinned by the practice of the four Brahma Vihara meditations – kindness, compassion, sympathetic joy and equanimity – and also group discussion and devotional practice.

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 join in and 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

Northern Women’s GFR and Dharmacharinis Weekend

The Lion’s Roar: A weekend retreat for women who have asked for ordination in the Triratna Buddhist Order, along with Dharmacharinis in the Northern region. Led by Santasiddhi, Shakyapada, Taravandana, Acharashraddha and team, the weekend is an excellent opportunity to meet other women in the North who want to join the Order.

About the weekend

• It’s for all women in the Northern region who have asked for ordination, along with Dharmacharinis, from Manchester, York, Sheffield, Blackburn, Liverpool, Cumbria, Newcastle, Leeds and Hebden Bridge
• The venue is Dukes Barn, School Lane, Beeley, Derbyshire, DE4 2NU. Accommodation is in shared rooms and there is good disabled access
• Booking required: please contact Manchester Buddhist Centre reception on 0161 834 9232 or book a free ticket online below
• No fixed charge as the retreat is run on the basis of dana or generosity. Dana will be collected at the weekend itself

Buddhafield North Open Retreat 2019 Starts

A five-day family-friendly summer camping retreat in Yorkshire. The Buddhafield North Team invites you to come and create a community of all ages living outside in a Yorkshire field. Buddhism talks, fires, kids’ activities, yoga, walks, meditation, woodcraft, fun, crafts, nature awareness and good food. The retreat ends on 2nd August and is led by Prajnapriya, Pranjanatha and Akasharaja.

The site has a beautiful view across the valley, surrounded by fields and trees, and is accessible by train. All activities are outdoors or under canvas, so we can live out the teachings of the Buddha in a way more akin to the life the Buddha himself led.


Further information and booking

This retreat is organised by Buddhafield North, NOT Manchester Buddhist Centre although quite a few of us usually go from Manchester. Look out for a poster on our Centre’s ground floor to add your name to say you’ve booked, and to find out who else has.

More information and booking from Buddhafield North
• £155 / £195
• Vegetarian food provided, please bring your own camping and shrine room equipment
• Please contact Buddhafield North if you can help to take down the camp at the end of the retreat

A Marathon of Practice

A twenty-seven hour Buddhist practice period led by Karen Levin at the Centre, to run alongside our Three Peaks Challenge, in which a small Sangha group tackles the highest peaks in England, Scotland and Wales to raise money for our beautiful Centre.

The idea is to be in connection with the walkers at certain points during their mountain challenge, and to be alongside them and sustaining Dharma practice here, from the moment they take their first step until the last step of the last walker. It’s also a chance to make new friends, enjoy existing friends, and to deepen our practice together.

We’ll be practising as the walkers walk, with meditation, puja, body work, talks and a play! Overnight we’ll sleep in the Centre as the walkers sleep as they are driven from Scafell Pike to Snowdon. This is a dana event, based on generosity. There’ll be a bowl for cash, or you can make a pledge, or sponsor one of the walkers.

Who is the event 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. We’re inviting participants from Tools for Living your Life to join us for part of the time too.

Practicalities

• No need to book. Come for the whole thing or whichever parts you can
• There’ll be a ten-minute transition period from one session to the next, where you can leave or enter a session
• You can get in to join us at specific times when the Centre is closed – 5:50 am, 7:50 am, 8:50 am, 5:50 pm, 8:50 pm on Saturday; 3:50 am, 5:50 am, 7:50 am Sunday. The Centre will be open 10 – 5 as usual on Saturday
• If you can’t do the whole practice marathon but still want to help out, you could offer to make or bring enough food to share with those who can
• Please bring sleeping bag and mat for the sleepover, and vegan food if you are coming for any length of time
• We invite you to bring something for the shrine relating to the elements, mountains, walking, climbing – maybe a rock, picture, walking boots, water bottle, a mountain poem. No need to be there for the shrine building – you can add things later


Programme

Saturday

6 am: Dedication ceremony and building the shrine, led by Karen
7 am: Body movement, including body scan meditation
8 am: Led med special! With Silabodhi
9 am: Breakfast at the Mezzanine Base Camp. Please bring vegan food to share. If it's vegetarian but not vegan, please label it clearly.
10 am: Talk and discussion with Suryaka
11 am: Meditation practice and enquiry – overcoming the challenges, finding the joy in our meditation practice. Led by Sundeep and joined by Tools for Living your Life participants
12 noon: What are the conditions that help our practice? A light and humorous exploration with a play! Written by Sarasuvanna, performed by Alison and Sarasuvanna, narrated by Catherine and joined by Tools for Living your Life participants
1 pm: Lunch at the Mezzanine Base Camp. Please bring vegan food to share. If it's vegetarian but not vegan, please label it clearly.
2 pm: Ratnaguna on five things he wants us to know
3 pm: Reflection or body movement session
4 pm: Mountain meditation, puja and poetry, led by Dayanandi (two hours)
6 pm: Meal at the Mezzanine Base Camp. Please bring vegan food to share. If it's vegetarian but not vegan, please label it clearly.
7 pm: Film: Amongst White Clouds – Buddhist Hermit Masters of China’s Zhongnan Mountain
9 pm: Puja, maybe with story-telling
10 pm: Meditation
11 pm-ish: End
12 midnight: Sleepover in Lotus Hall

Sunday

4 am: Tiratana Vandana and meditation
5 am: Body movement and cup of tea
6 am: Bodhisattva activity – litter picking nearby
7 am: Breakfast at the Mezzanine Base Camp. Please bring vegan food to share. If it's vegetarian but not vegan, please label it clearly.
8 am: Meditation – Sesshin
9 am-ish: End


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.

Buddhafield North Women’s Weekend Retreat 2019 Starts

A camping retreat for women, meditating and practising outdoors in Yorkshire in the early summer, led by Uddyotani, Santasiddhi and Dharmasetu

The Ground of Compassion

Exploring the Karuna Bhavana meditation, cultivating care for the world. Connecting with the earth and with living beings, we touch the ground of compassion from which skilful action comes. In this weekend we will draw on the Buddha’s teachings on compassion through meditation, discussion and ritual.

The site has a beautiful view across the valley, surrounded by fields and trees, and is accessible by train.


Further information and booking

This retreat is organised by Buddhafield North, NOT Manchester Buddhist Centre although there will probably be quite a few Manchester women going. Look out for a poster on our Centre’s ground floor to add your name to say you’ve booked, and to find out who else has.

More information and booking from Buddhafield North
• The retreat runs Friday to Sunday
• £110 / £85. Vegetarian food provided, please bring your own camping and shrine room equipment
• Open to anyone who has learned the mindfulness of breathing and Metta Bhavana meditations and is familiar with Triratna Buddhist practices
• Please contact Buddhafield North if you can help to take down the camp at the end of the retreat

Buddhafield North Meditation Retreat 2019 Starts

This week-long meditation retreat will take place on a beautiful site in Yorkshire and offers an opportunity to come together to live and practise as a community in the outdoors. It ends in the late afternoon of 23rd June and is led by Prajnapriya, Tejapushpa and Uddyotani.

The retreat is a way to deepen our connection with ourselves, each other and the natural world. There will be led and open meditations, bodywork and rituals supported by periods of silence, teachings and meditation practice reviews.

The retreat is open to all adults with a year’s experience of regular meditation and familiar with Triratna Buddhist practices. It’s a camping retreat with good shower and toilet facilities, and we will be well nourished by the cooking team. The site has a beautiful view across the valley, surrounded by fields and trees, and is accessible by train.


Further information and booking

This retreat and its bookings are organised by Buddhafield North, NOT Manchester Buddhist Centre although quite a few Manchester people are likely to be there. There’s a poster on our Centre’s ground floor to add your name to say you’ve booked, and to find out who else has.

More information and booking from Buddhafield North – booking is essential
• £165 / £215
• Vegetarian food provided, please bring your own camping and shrine room equipment