Friendship: Duty, Delight and Freedom

What kind of friend are you? What kind of friend would you like to be?

Is there any limitation to the heights that faithful friendship can reach?

Explore the possibilities of friendship with brothers and sisters in the sangha, through looking at traditional understandings of friendship in society and the spiritual life.

We will draw primarily on The Duties of Brotherhood in Islam seminar, with supporting material from the seminar on the Sigalavada Sutta. Both texts were studied by Sangharakshita in 1983. With The Duties of Brotherhood in Islam, he took a sympathetic look at the text to cast light on the Buddhist idea of kalyana mitrata, while the Sigalavada Sutta seminar looked at our range of social relations, including friendship. These explorations were influential in the development of our whole approach to friendship in Triratna.

Studying this rich material was a highlight during the January 2021 Adhisthana community days, and the retreat is born of a desire to share it more widely.

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There will be regular opportunity for discussion and exploration in small, single-sex groups that will remain consistent throughout the retreat. We will endeavour to put Order members in groups with just other Order members.

We want to accommodate as many people as possible with a wide range of needs while maintaining the integrity of the groups. Please let us know if you’re unable to attend all the discussion groups so that we can arrange the groups in a way that works best. You’re welcome to attend the retreat but skip the discussion groups – please let us know if you plan to do this.

The retreat will have 4 sessions a day. The retreat will begin with Session 2 on 5th and end with Session 3 on 9th.

Recordings of Sessions 2, 3 and 4 will be available within half an hour of the session finishing so that you can catch up on any missed sessions.

Session 17.00 – 8.30Meditation with the Adhisthana Community
Session 210.30 – 12.30Morning Session
Session 315.30 – 17.30Afternoon Session
Session 419.30 – 20.30Evening Session
TIME ZONESCentral EuropeAucklandSydneyIndiaMexicoWest Coast US
Session 18.0018.0016.0011.3001.0023.00
Session 211.3021.3019.3015.0004.302.30
Session 316.3003.3001.3021.0010.3008.30
Session 420.3008.3006.3001.0013.3011.30

Please note: For our online retreats we send out the Zoom link and information for the retreat 24 hours before the retreat starts. This means you will not receive the information from us until 04/05/21. If you have not received a link at this time, please check your spam/junk folder before contacting us, and add to your ‘Safe Senders’ list.

Mining for hidden treasure: This event is based on material from seminar transcripts. Read further on how we approach this material here.

Friendship: Duty, Delight and Freedom

Led by Adhisthana Dharma Team

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

Start Date: 5th May 2021
End Date: 9th May 2021
Event Type: Online
Deposit: £50

This Event is by Donation (Dana). Booking includes a non-refundable deposit. If the deposit prevents you from booking, please get in contact.

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