We spend so much of our lives busily engaged with one activity after another that we rarely get a chance to stop and collect ourselves. A retreat gives us that chance to step back and live more simply for a time; to clarify our direction in life and consider those we love more fully.
A retreat can be an adventure; an opportunity to deepen awareness of ourselves and other people around us. There will be time for meditation, guided by experienced teachers, and other activities such as talks, discussion and study groups; and often periods of silence to help the mind really quieten down. Taking place in beautiful and supportive surroundings the experience can still be challenging and sometimes life changing. However, for many the sense of community and friendship that develops is what brings them to return throughout their lives.
Every year Order members from Brighton Buddhist Centre organises a First Retreat for those new to the retreat experience. This takes place at Rivendell Retreat Centre north of Uckfield in East Sussex and in the beautiful fields and woodland of the Sussex Weald.
First Retreat at Rivendell
Monday 28 September to Friday 2 October
Other Opportunities for Going on Retreat
There are many other opportunities for retreat within the Triratna Buddhist Community. You will find details of all the retreat centres around the U.K associated with the Triratna Buddhist Community and also opportunities for solitary retreats at www.goingonretreat.com.
You can find out more about the Triratna Buddhist Community on the international website for Triratna Buddhism: thebuddhistcentre.com
For camping retreats and Buddhafield events including Buddhafield Festival see : www.buddhafield.com
Retreats for the Triratna Community