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Day for Men with Vidyadaka

Sun 24th Mar : 10:30 am - 4:30 pm

£15 – £25

Vidyadaka leads a day here, in-person, for any man in our community who has completed an Introduction course or has been attending Tools for Living or Young Buddhists for six weeks. This is a great opportunity to meet Vidyadaka – he’s visiting from Padmaloka Retreat Centre, where he’s part of the team that lead retreats and help men train to join the Triratna Buddhist Order.

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Going for Refuge-The Total Response

Going for Refuge to the Three Jewels (the Buddha, Dharma and Sangha) represents your positive emotional reaction – in fact your total reaction, and your total response – to the spiritual Ideal when that Ideal is revealed to your spiritual vision. Such is its appeal that you cannot but give yourself to it.
Urgyen Sangharakshita

This is Bhante talking about Going for Refuge in its primary form, but what is Going for Refuge? It’s not something that happens once, and often our response is not total! So how do we do it and keep doing it?

Join us for this day as we find out how! We’ll do this through talks, meditation, discussion, Q&A and ritual.

About Vidyadaka

Vidyadaka moved to Padmaloka to join the Ordination Team in 2020 after sixteen years of living and working at the London Buddhist Centre, where he first came into contact with Buddhism in 1998.

Prior to this he had worked as a graphic designer for various TV channels. During his time in London he devoted his time to managing the Buddhist Centre, organising events, leading retreats, teaching Buddhism classes and helping sustain and create a spiritual community through friendship.

Vidyadaka also spends time painting, drawing in nature and climbing indoors.


The price for the day is £25 standard rate / £20 concessionary / £15 age 18 - 25 and Helping our Centre rate. If the standard and concessionary rates don't feel possible, then please choose the Helping our Centre rate, which is also for Order Members coming along in a supportive spirit. 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. Please contact the Centre Team on info@manchesterbuddhistcentre.org.uk and we'll work something out with you.

More Information

• Bookings close at 3 pm on Friday 22nd March
• Arrive at 10 am to meet, relax, settle in with a drink, then it’s a prompt 10.30 start
• Please bring your own vegetarian or vegan food for lunch, or support one of the local cafés and takeaways
• You may also wish to bring a note book and pen

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 at info@manchesterbuddhistcentre.org.uk, and ask to talk confidentially to one of our Order members, before deciding whether to attend.

Booking your Place

• Book here online or at reception when we're open - 0161 834 9232
• If payment is an issue or you have any questions, email info@manchesterbuddhistcentre.org.uk or ring 0161 834 9232 during opening hours
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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


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Sun 24th Mar
10:30 am - 4:30 pm
£15 – £25
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Manchester Buddhist Centre
16-20 Turner Street
Manchester, M4 1DZ United Kingdom
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Suitable for?
Going Further, Sangha, Mitras, GFR Mitras, Order Members
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