Young People

Hundreds of people in their teens, twenties and early thirties have come to Adhisthana for retreats since 2013. Through our annual Dharma Life Courses and with opportunities to live and work here, Adhisthana provides full-time contexts for young Buddhists to live a full Dharma life.

You can use this page to find your local young Buddhist group, discover events at Adhisthana, listen to talks from young order members and more.

Get in touch with us to ask about young people’s events at Adhisthana, or for general young Buddhist project enquiries contact the young order steering group.

Young People Events at Adhisthana

Dharma Life Course for Young Women+

Dharma Life Course for Young Women+

A four-month residential course
11 March – 28 June 2024
Residential | Open to those under 35
Applications closed
Sub30 Weekend | How to Live before you Die

Sub30 Weekend | How to Live before you Die

Led by Prajnahridaya + Caroline
22 – 24 Mar | 2 nights
Residential | Young Buddhists
Sub30 Seminar | The Alchemist’s Bowl

Sub30 Seminar | The Alchemist’s Bowl

Led by Sona
24 – 27 Mar | 3 nights
Residential | Young Buddhists
Sub30 Meditation Intensive

Sub30 Meditation Intensive

Led by Vijayamala + Jnanavaca
9 – 18 Aug | 9 nights
Residential | Young Buddhists
Dharma Life Course for Young Men

Dharma Life Course for Young Men

Ratnaghosha | A 16 week residential course
27 August – 17 December 2024
Residential | Open to those under 35
Sub30 Weekend | Spontaneous Verses of Truth

Sub30 Weekend | Spontaneous Verses of Truth

Led by Candradipa + Jayadhi
29 Nov – 1 Dec | 2 nights
Residential | Young Buddhists
Sub30 Seminar | An Existential Encounter: the Dhaniya Sutta

Sub30 Seminar | An Existential Encounter: the Dhaniya Sutta

Led by Saddhanandi + Akasajoti
1 – 4 Dec | 3 nights
Residential | Young Buddhists

Young People Groups and Retreats Elsewhere

Many local Buddhist centres run groups for young people and a number of retreat centres across the world offer special retreats.

You can keep up to date with the Young People project and find out about upcoming events via the dedicated blog on the Buddhist Centre Online.

Residenzkurse

Adhisthana has had the delight of hosting 10 Dharma Life Courses since 2013.

These are usually three or five-month residential courses providing a thorough grounding in the principles and practice of Triratna Buddhism. They are aimed at mitras and those training for ordination, usually under the age of 35 and half of the people on the previous courses have come from outside the UK.

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Watch & Listen

These days there is so much information about meditation and Buddhism available online that it can be hard to know where to begin. Here’s a few suggestions to get you started:

Young Facilitators

For many years Adhisthana has hosted an annual Young Facilitators training weekend for people who help run events for young people at their local Triratna Centre. In addition to these in-person weekends, there are now gatherings and training events taking place online.

If you’re a young facilitator (or thinking about setting something up at your local centre) you can email us to be added to our mailing list, or you can ask to join our online space.

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