Download the Autumn 2014 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...

see pics of Vajrasana retreat centre




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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14–16 Nov

Minibus 10 places
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FULL for both men and women - please email providing a daytime phone no. for waiting list

International Young People's Retreat

Big Future Buddha Now! The seventh annual 'big' young people's retreat is being held at Adhisthana, Triratna's new spiritual home

People aged 18-35 with experience of Triratna's meditation practices
7–9 Nov
Minibus from LBC to Adhisthana now FULL. Email providing a daytime phone number for waiting list
Retreat now FULL. For waiting list, click link at bottom of Adhisthana web page for the retreat

Regulars' Weekend: Eros and Beauty

How can we work with the force of desire and enter the gateway called ‘The Beautiful’? A weekend retreat for anyone who knows the two practices, exploring spiritual death and rebirth through seminars, meditation and ritual. Led by Maitreyabandhu

Going Deeper
21–23 Nov
Minibus 6 places
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FULL for both men and women - please email providing a daytime phone no. for waiting list


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.
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22 Dec–Jan 1
No minibus

Ten days
22 Dec–1 Jan

First five days
22–27 Dec

Second five days
27 Dec–1 Jan

9 places
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 women - please email providing a daytime phone no. for waiting list

Nearly full for men - please call 020 8709 9987 to enquire

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