Triratna Scholars’ Retreat

Led by Dhivan, Sagaramati and Sraddhapa

The Nidāna Saṃyukta, or ‘Chapter on Causation’, is a chapter of the Saṃyutta Nikāya or ‘Collected Discourses’. Not only is it the largest collection of the Buddha’s teachings about dependent arising in the Pāli canon, but there are versions of the same teachings preserved in Sanskrit, Chinese and Tibetan.

On this study retreat, we will encounter these profound teachings about how the world and human experience works and about how the path to Awakening unfolds. We will study particular discourses in depth, comparing different versions to gain a more complete picture. These will include some well-known discourses on paṭicca-samuppāda, such as the Upanisā Sutta (in which the Buddha teaches the dependent arising of the path to Awakening), as well as many less familiar but no less important discourses.

This retreat will interest those who want to encounter the Buddha’s teachings at source. We will be reading the discourses in translation, in some cases made available for the first time in English for this retreat by Śraddhāpa. As well as sessions of textual study and discussion, there will be periods of meditation and reflection to absorb what we have learned.

The team
Dhivan is a scholar specialising in early Buddhist philosophy, working in both Pāli and Sanskrit. He lectures at the University of Chester, and his book This Being, That Becomes: the Buddha’s Teaching on Conditionality (2011) is published by Windhorse Publications. Sagaramati is a senior scholar in Triratna, and his book Nietszsche and Buddhism (1999) is published by Oxford University Press. Śraddhāpa is a postgraduate student at Dharma Drum Institute of Liberal Arts in Taiwan. As a translator, he has contributed to the 84,000 Project and the Common Buddhist Text, and his translations of the Pure Land Sutras were included in Great Faith, Great Wisdom (2016), published by Windhorse Publications.

Reception is from 4pm on the day of arrival, with the retreat beginning with supper at 6pm.

The retreat will finish in the afternoon after the clear-up. If traveling on public transport, please book a train after 2.30pm








This retreat is for Triratna Mitras and members of the Triratna Buddhist Order only

Start Date: 22nd Jul 2022
End Date: 29th Jul 2022
Event Type: Residential
Deposit: £70
Price: £270 (Waged/Supported (including deposit)) / £195 (Unwaged/Unsupported (including deposit))

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