Triratna Day Weekend: Is a Guru Necessary?

6-10 April | A Weekend open to everyone practicing within triratna

A long weekend marking 56 years since the founding of the Triratna Buddhist Community, led by Saddhanandi and Ksantikara with talks and workshops from other members of Adhisthana’s residential communities. 

Whenever one genuinely tries to evolve, tries to develop, or even just tries to be oneself in any authentic manner; a question arises, a question that all the more imperatively demands an answer, when one tries to follow that spiritual path in one of its oriental forms. And that question is, of course, ‘Is a Guru Necessary?’

Urygen Sangharakshita

Buddhism is a living tradition with an unbroken lineage that takes us all the way back to the Buddha. This passing-on of teachings from one generation to the next is a dynamic communication between a ‘teacher’ and the less experienced practitioner. 

Through communication with those more experienced than us, we can develop, evolve, rise to a higher level of consciousness. Hopefully, your connection with the people you look up to will be characterized by gratitude, receptivity, and (even!) reverence…but it’s often more complicated than just those experiences! 

In Sangharakshita’s 1970 talk ‘Is a Guru Necessary?’ he begins by establishing what a guru is not before unpacking western attitudes toward spiritual teachers and investigating what kind of relationship a disciple has with a spiritual teacher. 

Join the residential Adhisthana communities for a long-weekend retreat (re)exploring the themes of Sangharakshita’s seminal lecture and delve into questions such as: In a world where ‘we are all equal’, do I really want to look up to someone? Isn’t it unnecessary, dangerous even, to think of someone as my teacher? Surely my reverence should reserve for enlightened beings only? How perfect does a teacher need to be, ideally? How do I develop gratitude and receptivity? How do I balance being receptive with the need to think for myself? And… Is a guru necessary?

Triratna Day Weekend: Is a Guru Necessary?

Led by Saddhanandi + Ksantikara

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

The retreat will finish in the afternoon. If traveling on public transport, please book a train after 3pm.

There is a non-refundable non-transferrable £50 deposit as part of the payment for this retreat.

For Order Members, Mitras and learnt Triratna meditation

Start Date: 6th Apr 2023
End Date: 10th Apr 2023
Event Type: Residential
Deposit: £70
Price: Waged/Supported (including deposit) £180  |  Unwaged/Unsupported (including deposit) £135

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