Tiratanaloka Retreats 2012See also Tiratanaloka Retreats 2013
All our retreats are for women who have asked for ordination into the Triratna Buddhist Order and women already ordained.
What retreat should I come on?
The themes of our retreats at Tiratanaloka cover the essential principles on which the Triratna Buddhist Order is based. Most of the retreats programmes are centred on study of relevant material in groups and it’s important to prepare in advance to get the most out of the experience of being at Tiratanaloka.
If you haven’t been on retreat with us before, we suggest you have a look at our handbook, or discuss the programme with local Order Members, so that you can choose a retreat that will suit you. When you come here, we’ll be able to help you to decide how to continue your training with us.
Some retreats are for those who have been on several retreats here before. If you do want to book on one of these retreats but have not been to Tiratanaloka, then please ring us to discuss before making your booking.
Retreats for Dharmacharinis and women who have asked for ordination
Ethics to Insight
20 July - 03 August (H112)
Sangharakshita describes our undertaking to observe the Ten Precepts at ordination as a means of giving expression to the act of Going for Refuge to the Buddha, Dharma and Sangha – our practice must manifest in our actions. The precepts which we take are indeed the “life blood” of the Order and on this retreat we explore what that means for us individually and collectively, allowing a world of sensitivity and beauty to unfold from our practice of confession.
10 - 19 February (H212) * new retreat *
A new theme in 2012, for those who have already studied with us on our ethics retreat. Focusing on the mind precepts, we’ll look more deeply at ethics as a path to insight. We may be able to offer a study group for Dharmacharinis on this retreat, if numbers allow.
For those who have already been on our Ethics retreat
The Transcendental Principle
31 March - 14 April (E112)
“Once we have understood and are fully convinced about the nature of reality as pratitya-samutpada, we align ourselves with those regularities or laws that lead us to liberation”.
On this retreat we study together Chapter 1 of ‘A Survey of Buddhism’ - Sangharakshita’s wide-ranging, dynamic and sometimes challenging elucidation of pratitya-samutpada, the essence of the Buddha’s teaching.
For those who have been on at least 2 other retreats with us.
The Bodhisattva Ideal
21 December - 04 January 2013 (B112)
“The Bodhisattva Ideal… derives its inspiration not only from what the Buddha said - the Teaching - but also from what the Buddha was and what he did” (Sangharakshita)
TWhat’s the relationship between personal transformation and having fewer limitations on what we do for others? On this retreat we use the 6 paramitas as a framework for exploring the path of the Bodhisattva and its relevance to us as members and future members of the Order.
What is the Order?
15 - 29 June (WO112)
“There are times when I am dimly aware of a vast, overshadowing Consciousness that has, through me, founded the Order and set in motion our whole Movement” (Sangharakshita).
What does it mean for each of us to join that Order – do we see it as a support or as a practice in itself? We’ll be examining the nature of kalyana mitrata and the significance of the private and public ordinations in order to find our own answers.
The Six Guidelines
27 April – 04 May (G12) * new retreat *
An introductory retreat for women who have recently asked for ordination into the Triratna Buddhist Order. We’ll be studying talks given by members of the original Tiratanaloka Ordination Team which give a particular framework within which we can look at our progress to ordination and beyond.
Going for Refuge
7 - 21 September (GFR112)
“With every day that passes.. our experience of Going for Refuge should gain in depth and intensity”
IThis retreat centres around Sangharakshita’s vision of the act of Going for Refuge to the Buddha, Dharma and Sangha as being the “central and definitive act of the Buddhist life”. We will explore the levels and dimensions of this act and how they are supported by a mandala of teachings and practices within the Triratna Buddhist Community and Order.
The Mythic Context
18 May - 01 June (MY112)
“To live the Buddhist life, to become like the Buddha, we must imagine the Buddha. The goal must be embodied in our imaginations, our deepest energies gathered in an image of what we are trying to move towards”.
On this retreat, we’ll create together a meditative space in which we can engage with our individual sense of that Goal, our own path towards it and the qualities that bring meaning to our lives. This will be supported by the Going for Refuge and Prostration Practice.
For those who have been on at least 2 other retreats with us.
Going for Refuge Weekends
28 - 30 September (GW212)
The theme of this weekend will be advertised closer to the dates.
Young Women’s Retreat - Becoming a friend to the World
21 - 28 September (YW112)
An opportunity for women in their teens, 20’s and 30’s to explore their journey to ordination together. Using the Buddha’s discourses as a guide, we will look at how to become a spiritual friend to ourselves, each other and the world. There is a weekend retreat for all women who have asked for ordination immediately following this which you are very welcome to stay for (total cost will be 9 day retreat price).
Retreats for Dharmacharinis only
6 - 13 January (PO12)
For Dharmacharinis ordained on the Spring 2011 retreat at Akashavana.
Order Study Retreat
12 - 21 October (D12)
A study retreat for Dharmacharinis. We may also be able to offer a study group for Dharmacharinis on the Ethics II retreat in February, if numbers allow.
Preceptees’ Retreats by invitation only
Maitreyi’s preceptees: 14 - 21 April (PP112)
Kalyanasri’s preceptees: 11 - 18 May (PP212)
Retreat for Private Preceptors
23 - 31 March (PP12)
Regional Order Weekends
6 - 8 July (RW112)
For Dharmacharinis in the Western Region
Mitra Convenors’ meetings
8 - 14 November (MC12)
For Dharmacharinis who are mitra convenors
Meeting of the College of Public Preceptors
12 - 22 March (CPP12)