Download the Summer 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

We also have two comfortable solitary retreat huts available at Vajrasana.

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

 
WEEKEND RETREATS
 
 

Sub35 Retreat

This long weekend retreat offers a chance to practice and befriend people from the Sub35 Sangha. Through mediation, study, discussion groups and silence we will begin to explore and reflect upon the fundamental principle of conditionality and the three lakshanas (marks of conditioned existence): non fixed self, dissatisfaction and impermanence. Their deeper significance in our lives and the potential for us to transcend ourselves through these marks moving towards love, generosity and selflessness

For more information contact nextgeneration@lbc.org.uk

Young People under 35
18- 21 Apr
Coach leaving 4.30pm Friday returning 3pm Monday from the LBC


More info

Residential

£195/150

One place for a man - please call 0208 709 9987 to book.

Camping

£195/150

Please note - you need to bring your own tent and bedding

Retreat FULL - please call 0208 709 9987 for waiting list.

 


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
More info

Camping places now available

Newcomers
9-11 May

Minibus 12 places
More info

Residential £150/110

Full for women - please call 0208 709 9987 for waiting list.

Men only 9 places
book here

Camping
£150/110
Please note - you need to bring your own tent and bedding
5 places
book here
Newcomers
27-29 Jun

Minibus 19 places
More info

Residential
£150/110
Camping
£150/110
Please note - you need to bring your own tent and bedding
8 places
book here
Newcomers
19-21 Sep

Minibus 11 places
More info

Residential
£150/110
Camping
£150/110
Please note - you need to bring your own tent and bedding
4 places
book here
Newcomers
24-26 Oct

Minibus 12 places
More info

£150/110
Newcomers
14-16 Nov

Minibus 12 places
More info

£150/110
 

Sub35 Retreat

Weekend retreat for people aged under 35, led by the Sub35 team. A chance to experience the benefits of meditation and explore Buddhist ideals without the distraction of city life. With a fresh emphasis on transformation of self and world and deepening friendship. Everyone under 35 welcome, for more information contact nextgeneration@lbc.org.uk.

Young People under 35
12-14 Sep
Minibus 21 places
More info

Residential

£130/100
Booking essential

Camping

£130/100
Booking essential

Please note - you need to bring your own tent and bedding
4 places
book here
 

Breathing Space Retreat

An introduction to Mindfulness-Based Approaches for staying free from depression or addiction, as well as a great refresher for those who have done an MBCT, MBSR or MBAR course.

Newcomers and those who have done an MBCT, MBSR or MBAR course
10- 12 Oct
Free transportation from LBC to Vajrasana included in the price.
£145/110
not yet bookable
Regulars' Weekend
Going Deeper
21- 23 Nov
£150/110
not yet bookable


LONGER RETREATS
 

Spring Retreat

The Heart of Wisdom

As new life breaks through into being at Vajrasana in the early spring, so we stand on the verge of a great change. That things will change is all we can be sure of in our lives. How do we learn to meet this reality? How do we cultivate the heart of wisdom that knows this reality in every moment? Come and enjoy Vajrasana in one of our last retreats before its closure for substantial renovation. Led by Silapiya and Shraddhasiddhi

This retreat is for complete newcomers or those in their first years of practice.

Fri 18 Apr
– Sun 27 Apr

Residential

£420/310

Limited places for men or women - please call 0208 709 9987 to enquire.

Camping

£420/310

Please note - you need to bring your own tent and bedding

 

Triratna International Retreat 2014

The Bodhisattva's reply

Triratna Buddhist Centres from across Europe are joining forces in 2014 for the fourth Triratna International Retreat. The retreat will be held at Adhisthana and opens on the evening of Friday 23 May to just after lunch on Tuesday 27 May 2014.

More details

Going Deeper

23-27 May

Minibus: 12 places. Call 020 8709 9987 to book

Book here

(not via the LBC)

The Five Stages of the Path

Sub35 Meditation Retreat @ Rivendell
This retreat, for anyone aged 18-35, is an opportunity to deepen your meditation practice alongside other Sub35 practitioners, with input and guidance from both young and more senior teachers. Join us in an in-depth exploration of the five stages of the spiritual path, as articulated by Sangharakshita. Through the five stages we learn to establish a solid foundation of calm abiding and positivity, while increasing our confidence and ability to become more and more receptive to our direct experience. Together, we will explore our own experiences of moving from Shamatha (calming) to Vipashyana (insight) in our meditation practice. The retreat will include meditation instruction, including formless practices, group discussion and meditation reviews. At Rivendell with Kamalashila, Padmadarini, Singhasri & Balajit.

Poster

Going Deeper
6-13 Jun
No minibus
Single price £295
9 places
book here
 

Men's Intensive Retreat

Entering Emptiness

On this intensive meditation retreat for men, we'll be exploring the five great stages of the spiritual life - integration, positive emotion, spiritual death, spiritual rebirth and receptivity. We'll be focussing on the aim of Buddhist meditation: seeing through self-clinging and being reborn into the stream of the Dharma. This retreat is especially for those men who want to deepen their meditation practice and engage directly with the fundamental issues of life. The retreat will be mostly in silence with regular one-to-one meditation reviews.

Led by Jnanavaca and Maitreyabandhu.

Men

Going Deeper

20- 29 Jun

No minibus

£420/310

 

Poetry and Meditation Retreat

This retreat is designed to help newcomers to meditation deepen and enrich their writing by deepening and enriching their mind. Mindfulness and meditation can help writers become more truly creative. This retreat is for poets who want to explore meditation as a way of enhancing their work.

Led by Maitreyabandhu.

More details

Newcomers

7- 11 Jul

No minibus

£325/250

 

Women's Intensive Retreat

Awakening the World Within

With the Buddha and Mindfulness at the Centre of our Mandala we will explore the unfolding potential of four other Dharmic faculties: Faith, Energy, Meditation and Wisdom on this Intensive Women's retreat. Sangharakshita has said that developing these faculties is essential if we want to make genuine spiritual progress.  There will be extended periods of silence as we make this inner journey alongside others.

Led by Prajnadevi, Shubha, Srivati and Vishvantara.

More details

Women

Going Deeper - You need to have been meditating for at least six months and have been on a residential retreat to attend.

11- 20 Jul
No minibus
£420/310
10 places
book here

Summer Retreat
Meeting the Buddhas: moving towards greater Mindfulness, Deep Love & Free-Flowing Energy.

This retreat is specifically for newcomers to Buddhist Meditation and for those in their first two years of establishing a meditation practice. It will be an opportunity learn more about and practice mindfulness. It will be a chance to connect with and strengthen positive emotion with oneself and to have a deeper experience of meditation. There will be time to assess, transform and develop the courage & tenacity to live a life in keeping with your values. We will be drawing inspiration from the life of the Buddha and some of the Buddha figures from the 5 Buddha Mandala who represent and embody different qualities of the Enlightened Mind. 

Led by Maitrivajri and Maitreyaraja

More details

Newcomers
16-25 Aug
Minibus 20 places
Residential

£420/310
Camping

£420/310

Please note - you need to bring your own tent and bedding
5 places
book here
Open Winter Retreat 2014
More details to follow
Newcomers
22 Dec - Jan 21
No minibus

£490/390 (10 nights)

£290/240 (5 nights)

not yet bookable
Winter Mandala Retreat 2014
More details to follow
Going Deeper
27 Dec - Jan 2
No minibus
£350/300 (6 nights)
not yet bookable
 
Solitary Retreats
Please note: due to planned building works the solitary huts are only available until April 25th 2014. As soon as it is known when they are available again this note will be updated.
 

Solitary Retreat Huts
The LBC has two comfortable solitary retreat huts at our retreat centre, Vajrasana in the beautiful Suffolk countryside.

More info

For experienced meditators only
Friday to
Friday
£185/155

Book online,
call 0208 709 9987 or email



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