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Men’s Sangha Retreat: Fully Booked

Fri 22nd Oct : 6:00 pm - Sun 24th Oct : 3:00 pm

£50 – £150
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A weekend for all who are part of the men’s Sangha at Manchester Buddhist Centre – from newcomers to Order Members. Our annual weekend retreat is a great opportunity for all of us to come together. The retreat is now fully booked. Please contact us on info@manchesterbuddhistcentre.org.uk to go on a waiting list for any cancellations.

The Way of Imagination

We are told that the Buddha experienced reality directly, but what does this mean? We know from his words and actions that his experience was not dry, detached and cold. Rather it was warm, loving and multifaceted. To get closer to the Buddha’s experience of reality, we must cultivate the imagination or the imaginal faculty. We can often think of the imagination as living in a kind of fantasy land. However, in its truest sense the imagination is that part of us that can see and experience things as they really are.

Join Sanghadhara, Vidyapala, Tom Connolly and Oskar Walin for this weekend. We will explore how the use of imagination – image, symbol, story, sound and more – can help us to see more clearly the reality of wisdom and compassion the Buddha describes in his teachings. We will do this through talks, meditations, discussion. It will be great to have you with us!

Prices and Practicals

£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 – bookings close at noon on Friday 15th October to give us time to make the final arrangements, although the retreat is likely to be fully booked before that.

The retreat is at Dukes Barn, School Lane, Beeley, Derbyshire, DE4 2NU. Accommodation is in shared rooms and there is good disabled access. Vegetarian meals included and unlimited cups of tea.

In Covid Times . . .

Although we are asking for a payment with your booking, we understand that these are difficult and uncertain times in terms of planning and cash flow for many of us. To help with this:

• We’ll give a full refund if COVID regulations mean we need to make alternative arrangements for the retreat – as a non-residential retreat at Manchester Buddhist Centre or online
• If you’d prefer to just pay a deposit for now, please pay the Young Person’s rate of £50 and let us know that it is a deposit in the notes field, rather than a full booking as an 18-25 year old

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.

Booking your Place

• You need to book and pay in advance please
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• 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 at info@manchesterbuddhistcentre.org.uk, and ask to talk confidentially to one of our Order members, before making your booking
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• We’re still sorting out arrangements for lifts, travel and so on – information to follow as soon as we can
• Full joining details will be sent after booking, along with any covid-related information to keep us all safe on retreat

Not been on Retreat before?

Well, here’s a great place to start, in the friendly company of some faces you may already know or have seen online, all of us coming together to create a sense of community. A Manchester Buddhist Centre retreat can help you develop friendship, deepen meditation and discover new inspirations for your practice. It’s suitable for all men familiar with our community, whether online or in-person, with the two meditation practices we teach here, and open to Buddhist ritual. Please get in touch if you’re not sure.

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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Fri 22nd Oct : 6:00 pm
Sun 24th Oct : 3:00 pm
£50 – £150
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Manchester Buddhist Centre
16-20 Turner Street
Manchester, M4 1DZ United Kingdom
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Going Further, Sangha, Mitras, GFR Mitras, Order Members
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