Download the Spring 2015 programme (PDF)


Download the 2014 Retreats programme (PDF)

Going on Retreat

A retreat is a chance to live in a way far removed from television, tube stations, stress and city-strife. It is an opportunity to relax, refresh, inspire and perhaps challenge yourself. For some it is a get-away from the business of modern life, for others it is a life-changing experience they never forget. A retreat is also a good way to meet new friends. You can deepen your meditation, cultivate mindfulness, and learn about Buddhism.

The LBC offers a wide variety of retreats run throughout the year at Vajrasana, the London Buddhist Centre’s retreat centre in Suffolk.

* * * Vajrasana will be closing from May 2014 until September 2015 for a major re-building project which will result in a large purpose built and beautifully designed retreat centre.During this time retreates will be held at Kench Hill, Adhisthana and Rivendell retreat centres. * * *

Download a PDF version of our 2014 retreat calendar

Newcomers - open to all, but specifically aimed at beginners
Going Deeper - for regulars, Mitras and those who have asked for ordination
Mandala - open to all.

More about retreats...

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WEEKEND RETREATS
 

 

 


Intro Retreats

Meditation Weekend

Learn two fundamental, far-reaching and transformative meditation practices, while living communally with diverse but like-minded people and exploring a Buddhist vision of reality. Booking essential
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Newcomers
20-22 Feb

Minibus 27 places
More info

£160/£120

Booking essential

book here

Newcomers
27-29 Mar

Minibus 27 places
More info

£160/£120

Booking essential

book here

Men’s Event: Beyond Capitalism – Radical Dharma for the Modern World

How can the Dharma help transform our Capitalist culture of personal wealth and greed. We’ll explore this through talks and discussion. Jayaka, the men’s mitra convenor at the LBC, goes to all the men’s events and encourages men from the LBC to join him. Suitable for men familiar with both meditation practices and the sevenfold puja

Led by Akuppa and Vajrashura and guest speaker Vaddhaka

 

Going Deeper
16 – 18 Jan

No Minibus

£135/£95

Booking essential

Book via Padmaloka web site

Sub35 Retreat: A New Beginning
Come and join the Sub35 team for a weekend of reflection and practice at this poignant time of year. We will create the space to reflect on our lives, how they are now and how we want them to be. We become what we speak, do and think, so let’s let take stock and ensure we are moving towards our deepest values and aspirations. We become what we go for refuge to.”

 

All under 35 welcome

30 Jan – 1 Feb


More info

£140/£110

Booking essential

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Regulars’ Retreat: The Power of Desire

How do we access the desire for life, for love, for the world and allow it to lead us to what is most valuable, beautiful and true?

Led by Jnanavaca, Subhadramati and Vidyadaka

Going Deeper
13-15 Mar

Minibus 27 places
More info

£160/£120

 

Booking essential

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Sub35 women’s retreat: The Mind Dancing in Emptiness

Buddhism says everything is impermanent and lacks any fixed essence. Yet we cling the illusion that we can control our experience, and cause ourselves untold suffering. Join us to explore how we can let go, free our minds and glimpse the fullness and beauty of reality. Open to women under 35 - with provision for newcomers.

Led by Kusalasara and Sarah

 

All women under 35 welcome

20 – 22 Mar

Minibus 27 places
More info

£140/£110

 

Booking essential

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Women’s Retreat
‘Those who enter the path, and practise meditation are released from the bondage of Mara’ The Dhammapada. A weekend retreat for women who know the two practices, exploring how the Buddha’s path can transform our lives through talks, meditation and ritual.

Led by Vanaraji, Mahamani and Svadhi

 

Going Deeper
24-26 Apr

Minibus 27 places
More info

£160/£120

Booking essential

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LONGER RETREATS


Open Winter Retreat 2014
‘Vision and Transformation’
The LBC's Winter Retreat is one of our most popular and inspiring events of the year. Led by Vidyadaka and Shraddhasiddhi. *Please note that deposits will only be available until Wed 19 November. After that the full price will be due at the time of booking.*
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Newcomers
22 Dec–Jan 1
No minibus

Ten days
22 Dec–1 Jan
£490/£390

Full for WOMEN - please email providing a daytime phone no. and with the retreat dates in the subject header for waiting list

MEN book here

First five days
22–27 Dec
£290/£240

Second five days
27 Dec–1 Jan
£290/£240

Full for WOMEN - please email providing a daytime phone no. and with the retreat dates in the subject header for waiting list

MEN book here


New Year Mandala Retreat
The Direct Path
The four foundations of mindfulness (the satipatthanas) are a central aspect of the Buddha’s rediscovery of an ancient path of practice leading to Enlightenment. Any single meditation practice from the sattipathanas is capable of leading to insight – the Buddha taught this as the direct path to Awakening. Join us on this retreat for regular meditators as we draw inspiration from the life of the historical Buddha and put his teachings more and more fully into practice.

Led by Manjusiha

Going Deeper
27 Dec–2 Jan
No minibus
£350/£300 (6 nights)

FULL for both men and women - please email providing a daytime phone no. for waiting list

Spring Retreat: From the Wheel to the Spiral
Learning to live a creative life: On this retreat we will be exploring how to move from a life characterized by cycles of reaction, known as the Wheel, and how Buddhist practice can bring about a process of positive transformation and growth, known as the Spiral. It is an opportunity to learn and deepen meditation, enjoy springtime and investigate Buddhism so that you experience life in a new way; unfolding positively into more and more creativity.

Led by Sraddhagita and Satyadasa

Newcomers
3 – 12 Apr

Minibus 27 places
More info

£425/315

 

Booking essential

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Solitary Retreats
 

Solitary Retreat Huts
Please note that the two solitary retreat huts at Vajrasana, our retreat centre in the Suffolk countryside, are not available at the moment while the site is being substantially rebuilt. We will update this message when they can be booked again (estimated around end 2015).



Retreats at other centres