Image painted and photographed by Shubhanaga
“One night I found myself as it were out of the body and in the presence of Amitabha, the Buddha of Infinite Light…The colour of the Buddha was a deep, rich, luminous red, like that of rubies, though at the same time soft and glowing, like the light of the setting sun…I saw the Buddha as clearly as I had ever seen anything under the normal circumstances of my life, indeed far more clearly and vividly…The rich red colour of Amitabha himself, as well as the two lotuses and the setting sun made a particularly deep impression on me. It was more wonderful, more appealing, than any earthly red: it was like red light, but so soft and, at the same time, so vivid as to be altogether without parallel…The experience never faded and nearly a quarter of a century later, the figure of the red Buddha is as clear to me, in recollection, as it was the next morning in the Virupaksha Guha”.Sangharakshita, The Rainbow Road” 1997.
We have the good fortune to practice with a form of Amitabha that directly derives from Sangharakshita’s vision. Simple though profound, it brings us into contact with the deep mystery, boundless light and infinite love of the great Buddha who resides at the head of the Padma family.
We will participate in the lineage of all the Amitabha practitioners who have brought his qualities into the world over the centuries – qualities of light, warmth, love, meditation, calm, and discriminating wisdom. Come and practice with us to make sure these qualities continue to ceaselessly pour out into the world for the sake of all, with the boundless abundance of the beautiful red Buddha: Amitabha.
“Wondrous is the Buddha of Infinite Light…..”
Led by Punyamala, Vidyamala, Pramudita + Paramartha
This retreat is for members of the Triratna Buddhist Order
Start Date: 10th Sep 2021
End Date: 17th Sep 2021
Event Type: Residential
Price: £273 (Waged/Supported (including deposit)) / £196 (Unwaged/Unsupported (including deposit))
If you can’t afford to come on retreat you might be interested in our bursary fund.