Resources

What Is The Order?

Required reading:

The main material we will be studying on this retreat is the handbook entitled What is the Order? produced by Tiratanaloka - there is a link to the file below.  Please ensure you read this before the retreat and come prepared with questions and areas for discussion for your study group, as this will help you and others get the most from the retreat.  Please bring the handbook with you.

Background reading:-

The Transcendental Principle

Required reading:

Please read and take notes on Chapter 1 of A Survey of Buddhism by Sangarakshita.  You will need to bring the text with you. At present, this text is in print as part of Volume 1 of Sangharakshita's Complete Works.   If you have problems getting hold of the text please let us know as soon as possible.

 

Background reading:

Sangharakshita: What Is The Dharma?

Subhuti: Revering and Relying on the Dharma (link to PDF below)

 

Transcendental Principle 2 retreat:

Subhuti's paper Revering and Relying upon the Dharma (link below) is required reading for this retreat

The Six Guidelines

Required reading:

The main material we will be studying on this retreat is the handbook entitled The Six Guidelines produced by Tiratanaloka - there is a link to this below.  Please ensure you read this material before the retreat and come prepared with questions and areas for discussion for your study group, as this will help you and others get the most from the retreat.  Please bring a paper copy of the handbook with you.

Background reading - Subhuti: Revering and Relying upon the Dharma (link below)

The Nature of Existence

Required reading:

The main text for this retreat is Chapter 11 The Nature of Existence in Sangharakshita's The Three Jewels.  This can also be found in The Complete Works of Sangharakshita Vol 2.  You will find it helpful to look at the preceding chapters too.  We highly recommend you have a look at the seminar on this material - see link below.

The Bodhisattva Path

Required reading:

The main material we will be studying on this retreat is the handbook entitled The Bodhisattva Path produced by Tiratanaloka - there is a link to this below.  Please ensure you read this material before the retreat and come prepared with questions and areas for discussion for your study group, as this will help you and others get the most from the retreat.  Please bring the handbook with you.

Background reading - Sangharakshita; The Bodhisattva Ideal (Windhorse Publications) or you can listen to this material as talks on Free Buddhist Audio (link below)
Background reading - Subhuti: A Supra-Personal Force (only if time - link below)

Going for Refuge and Prostration Practice

The Going for Refuge and Prostration Practice is an important practice that we do together on retreat, so while we are unable to run face-to-face retreats, we would like to offer you the opportunity to join with others doing this practice led by the Tiratanaloka community when we are running online events. The practice will start at 4pm (UK time) and you can see the dates here. This is being offered to all mitras who have asked for Ordination.  If you’d like to join some or all of these sessions you can register here.  Once your registration has been accepted, you can join as many sessions of the practice as you wish.  When you register, you will be asked to confirm that you have asked for ordination or that you are an Order member.  If you've not been taught the practice before, we will send you some introductory information.  You can see a guide to doing physical prostrations during the practice here.

Going for Refuge

Required reading:

The main material we will be studying on this retreat is the handbook entitled Going for Refuge produced by Tiratanaloka - there is a link to this below.  Please ensure you read this material before the retreat and come prepared with questions and areas for discussion for your study group, as this will help you and others get the most from the retreat.  Please bring the handbook with you.

 

Background reading :

Ethics to Insight

Required reading:

Please read, make notes, and bring with you Sangharakshita’s The Ten Pillars of Buddhism.  This is available as an e-book from Windhorse Publications (link below) or in printed form from various online book sellers.

This material is also available as a talk from Sangharakshita on Free Buddhist Audio - link below.

It will also be very helpful to look at Sangharakshita's Know Your Mind, in particular the following parts:

Introduction,  Chapter 7 – The Creative Mind at Work: Introduction & the following sections:  2 (Self-respect – hri),  3 (Respect for wise opinion – apatrapya),  4 (Non-attachment – alobha),  5 (Non-hatred – advesa),  11 (Non-violence – avihimsa).

Ethics 2 retreat:

Please also read  Know Your Mind Chapter 8 (Forces of Disintegration), Living Ethically Chapter 5 (The Ethics of Views) and Subhuti's paper Revering and Relying upon the Dharma (see link below).

Background reading - Sangharakshita: Living Ethically. This is highly recommended background reading for both the Ethics and Ethics 2 retreats.

A System of Practice

Required reading:

In preparation for this Retreat please listen to the series of 8 talks by Subhuti on the topic The Five Aspects of the Dharma Life. In these talks, Subhuti delves into the fundamental principles behind Integration, Positive Emotion, Spiritual Receptivity, Spiritual Death, and Spiritual Rebirth.  They are on Free Buddhist Audio and the link is below.

You can also buy a booklet from Padmaloka called The Five Aspects of Sangharakshita's System of Dharma Life which is transcriptions of the talks.  The booklet costs £7.50.  The link for that is also below.    We also have booklets here at Tiratanaloka for sale, but you will need to have listened to the talks prior to coming.  

Please come prepared with questions and areas for discussion in your study group.

A Deeper Harmony

On this retreat we will be studying Pali suttas on the topic of skilful communication and also learning some practical skills from Non Violent Communication.  The Pali suttas we'll be studying are in the PDF file below.

Please try and read Shantigarbha's book "I'll See You There" before coming on the retreat - it is available in both paperback and e-book formats - see links below.