Young People

Hundreds of people in their teens, twenties and early thirties have come to Adhisthana for retreats since 2013. Through our annual Dharma Life Courses and with opportunities to live and work here, Adhisthana provides full-time contexts for young buddhists to live a full Dharma life.

You can use this page to find your local young buddhist group, discover events at Adhisthana, listen to talks from young order members and more.

Upcoming Young People Events at Adhisthana

Sub30 Meditation Challenge

Sub30 Meditation Challenge

Adhisthana & the London Buddhist Centre
17 September – 8 October
Online | Open to all under 30
Sub30 Retreat: Letters of Fire

Sub30 Retreat: Letters of Fire

Led by Akasajoti, Khemabandhu, Ksantikara, Caroline, Lizzie & Patrick
15 – 17 October | 2 nights
Residential | Open to all under 30
Sub30 Seminar: Encountering Enlightenment

Sub30 Seminar: Encountering Enlightenment

Saddhanandi
22 Nov – 6 December | 3 sessions, 3 weeks
Online | Open to all under 30
Changemakers Weekend: Blueprint for a New World

Changemakers Weekend: Blueprint for a New World

Ksantikara & Friends
20–23 Jan | 3 nights
Residential | Open to Mitras under 35
Dharma Life Course for Young Women

Dharma Life Course for Young Women

A four-month residential course
7 March – 24 June
Residential | Open to those under 35
Sub30 Retreat: The Heroic Ideal

Sub30 Retreat: The Heroic Ideal

Team of Young Order Members
25–27 Mar | 2 nights
Residential | Open to all under 30
Millennial Order Seminar: United By Love

Millennial Order Seminar: United By Love

Ratnaghosha
22 – 25 Apr | 3 nights
Residential | Order Members in their 20s & 30s
Sub30 Meditation Intensive: Entering Emptiness

Sub30 Meditation Intensive: Entering Emptiness

24 Jun – 3 Jul | 9 nights
Residential | Open to all under 30
Sub30 Retreat: Sailing the Worldly Winds

Sub30 Retreat: Sailing the Worldly Winds

Team of Young Order Members
25–27 Nov | 2 nights
Residential | Open to all under 30

Young People’s Groups & Events Elsewhere

Many local Buddhist centres run groups for young people and a number of retreat centres across the world offer special retreats.

You can keep up to date with the young people project and find out about upcoming events via the the dedicated blog on the Buddhist Centre Online.

Watch & Listen

These days there is so much information about meditation and Buddhism available online that it can be hard to know where to begin. Here’s a few suggestions to get you started:

Residential Courses

Adhisthana has had the delight of hosting 10 Dharma Life Courses since 2013.

These are usually three or five-month residential courses providing a thorough grounding in the principles and practice of Triratna Buddhism. They are aimed at mitras and those training for ordination, usually under the age of 35 and half of the people on the previous courses have come from outside the UK.

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Get in touch

Ksantikara, co-funded by the European Chair’s Assembly and Adhisthana, joined the Adhisthana community in Jan 2021 to help convene and coordinate the young people’s project at Adhisthana and across Europe.

He can help point you in the right direction to get involved at your local centre, online or here at Adhisthana. No question is too big, or too small!

Young Facilitators

For many years Adhisthana has hosted an annual Young Facilitators training weekend for people who help run events for young people at their local Triratna Centre. In addition to these in-person weekends there are now gatherings and training events taking place online.

If you’re a young facilitator (or thinking about setting something up at your local centre) you can email Ksantikara for more information, or you can ask to join our online space.

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