Adhisthana Retreats

Event Title: Radical Dharma - A training in teaching that inspires

Led by Vadanya + Ratnaguna, with a team from Sheffield Buddhist Centre

The Dharma is radical. It changes lives. To attract and keep the people who could make a difference, we want to let them feel the challenge and excitement of the Dharma from day one. How do we present the full force of the Dharma, speaking a language people understand and respond to? How do we create a culture and an atmosphere in our Centres that communicates our vision of Sangha and what we have to offer the world? And how do we, as Dharma teachers, stay in touch with this vision as an inspiring part of our practice?

This retreat offers an approach to teaching developed at the Sheffield Buddhist Centre in its two introductory courses. These bring in some of the most radical and transformative aspects of the Dharma from the first day, with a strong emphasis on spiritual death, spiritual rebirth, and spiritual community.

The retreat will offer a chance for you to explore how to introduce these courses at your centre or group, with the backup of optional mentoring and support after the retreat. We encourage teaching teams to come along together and explore the values, materials and inspiration of working in this way, and to help you afford this we can offer bursary/dana places for any additional team members from your centre that attend.

What you will take away has the potential to energise your teaching, your Centre, and our Movement. 


‘A single bodhisattva may establish many hundreds of thousands of living beings in enlightenment without his mindfulness being diminished. In fact, not only does it not diminish, it grows stronger. Likewise, the more you teach and demonstrate virtuous qualities to others, the more you grow with respect to these virtuous qualities. This is the door of the Dharma called "The Inexhaustible Lamp.”’
The Vimalakirti Nirdesa

This year Adhisthana hosts a series of retreats that focus on how we can communicate the living truth of the Dharma effectively at Centres. They take up teaching as a practice in its own right. Sikkhā is a combined initiative of the College, International Council and Adhisthana. Building on a common body of knowledge on integration, positive emotion and receptivity at Triratna Centres, these retreats draw attention to the effective teaching of spiritual death and rebirth.

How can we present the radical and transformative vision of the dharma, and how can we embody and communicate a depth of reflection and wisdom? With Ratnaguna’s experience in teacher training in the movement, he will be leading retreats and mentoring new and experienced teachers through the year, at Adhisthana and elsewhere across the world. He joins up with a number of others to offer a range of training options. Which retreat is right for you?

Future Dharma Teachers – Training for newer Order Members
8-15 June
Ratnaguna & team

Radical Dharma - A training in teaching that inspires
3 – 10 August 2018

Intensive Teacher Training Week:
Venue: London Buddhist Centre
19th - 23rd November 2018
Subhadramati, Ratnaguna & Maitreyabandhu 
Venue: Manchester Buddhist Centre
21 - 25 May 2018
Ratnaguna & team

This retreat is for members of the Triratna Buddhist Order

Start Date: 3rd Aug 2018
End Date: 10th Aug 2018
Deposit: £78
Price: £259 (Waged/Supported (including deposit)) / £182 (Unwaged/Unsupported (including deposit))

Bursary Fund - If you can’t afford to come on retreat you might be interested in applying for our Bursary Fund.