The Four Lotuses

Meditation, study and worship on themes from the four lotuses of the Refuge Tree.

The Lotus of Sangharakshita and his eight main teachers

The weekend will mark the opening of Urgyen House including an exhibition based on Bhante’s eight main teachers. In the evenings there will be some short talks about Bhante’s teachers with meditation and puja connected to them.

Bhante would say: “I think of them every day.”

The Lotus of The Dharma texts

Precepts from The Satipatthana Sutta and The Seven Point Mind Training. Vidyamala will lead us through contemplative verses from these two key texts.

“This is the direct path for the purification of beings, for the overcoming of sorrow & lamentation, for the disappearance of pain & distress, for the attainment of the right method, & for the realization of Unbinding” (MN 10 Satipatthana Sutta)

“First study the preliminaries. Second, consider all phenomena as a dream. Third, analyse the unborn nature of awareness” (First 3 of 59 slogans from The Seven Point Mind Training)

The Lotus of the Bodhisattvas

The Bodhisattvas are the archetypal manifestations of the Bodhicitta. We will honour the Bodhisattvas with puja and visualisation practice in the evenings. The Green Tara initiation was given to Bhante in 1956 by Chattrul Sangye Dorje Rimpoche. Avalokiteshvara, Manjusri and Vajrapani were initiations given to Bhante by Jamyang Khyentse Rinpoche in 1957.

“I pay homage to all the shrines and places in which the Bodhisattvas have been”. (Shantideva)

The Lotus of the Arahants

These great disciples of the Buddha are the archetypal listeners to the Satipatthana sutta:

“The Blessed One was staying in the Kuru country. Now there is a town of the Kurus called Kammasadhamma. There the Blessed One addressed the monks, “Monks.” “Lord,” the monks replied”. (MN 10 Satipatthana Sutta)

The Four Lotuses | UK + Ireland Combined AOWE

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Indoor accommodation is limited, in shared rooms, and prioritised for those unable to camp for mobility or health reasons, or traveling from Ireland.

Our wish is that this event can take place in person. However, if government covid restrictions are in place that mean the event goes fully online, refunds will be available.

More details on the practical arrangements will be shared when we have confirmation of the numbers and physical arrangements. Also dependent on numbers we may be asking people to take on a few more tasks around the site than we have previously to help the event run smoothly.

This retreat is for members of the Triratna Buddhist Order

Start Date: 19th Aug 2021
End Date: 22nd Aug 2021
Event Type: Residential
Price: £135 (Waged/Supported (including deposit)) / £95 (Unwaged/Unsupported (including deposit))
Price per night: £50 (Waged/Supported (including deposit)) 39 (Unwaged/Unsupported (including deposit))

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More details on the practical arrangements will be shared when we have confirmation of the numbers and physical arrangements. Also dependent on numbers we may be asking people to take on a few more tasks around the site than we have previously to help the event run smoothly.