Amoghavira first encountered Buddhism in 1979 while struggling through a mathematics degree at Glasgow University. Ordained into the Western Buddhist Order in 1982 he then started working at the Glasgow Buddhist Centre. 

He worked for 2 years at the Sydney Buddhist Centre in Australia from 1988, and on his way back to Britain in 1990, spent 3 months in Kathmandu helping run meditation and Buddhism course there. Falling in love with Nepal, he’s been a regular visitor there ever since.

In 1996, he moved to Dhanakosa to help with retreat leading here, which he’s been doing ever since. He loves being in the mountains and this has led to a passion for landscape photography and he now lives in the village of Callander, about 15 miles from Dhanakosa.

Elemental Body: movement, nature and meditation

Friday, 24 June 2022 to Friday, 1 July 2022 2022

In this introductory retreat we will take an embodied approach to exploring our experience as elemental beings, alive in a living world. We will use dance and movement, alongside nature awareness practice and meditation to awaken our senses to the different elements of the surrounding landscape, cultivating a deeper sense of connection to ourselves and our world.

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Introductory Weekend online

Friday, 7 January 2022 to Sunday, 9 January 2022 2022

This online retreat offers an excellent short introduction to Buddhism and Meditation. We will cover an introduction to two traditional Buddhist meditations: the mindfulness of breathing and the development of loving kindness (Metta Bhavana). We will also introduce some key elements of the Buddhist tradition.

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Alive in Nature: Part One

Saturday, 8 May 2021 2021

A series of Dharma micro-adventures live from the Scottish Highlands!

Saturdays May 8, 15, 22


First daily session (2 hrs): IE & UK 07:30 | Europe CET 08:30 | India 12:00 | Australia AEDT 16.30 | New Zealand 18.30

Second daily session (2 hrs): USA PST 11:00 | México 13:00 | USA EST 14:00 | IE & UK 19:00 | Europe CET 20:00 | India 23:30 | Australia AEDT 04.00 (next day) | New Zealand 06.00 (next day)


Fire of Awakening ONLINE

Saturday, 13 February 2021 to Thursday, 18 February 2021 2021

The 3 lakshanas (Impermanence, Unsatisfactoriness and Insubstantiality) are a fundamental expression of the Buddha’s vision of Reality. In this teaching, the Buddha is pointing to the transformative effect of acknowledging, allowing, and opening to the ways in which we experience these 3 aspects of our lives and gives us practical advice on how to stay firmly on the path of practice and awakening.

online weekend: the taste of Freedom

Friday, 22 January 2021 to Sunday, 24 January 2021 2021

The online weekend retreat offers an excellent short introduction to Buddhism and Meditation.  We will be explore together how integrating the practice of meditation and the principles of Buddhism into our lives can give us a fresh outlook and guide us towards more freedom and joy.

"Just as the mighty ocean has but one taste, the taste of salt, even so the Dharma-vinaya (Buddhism) has but one taste, the taste of Freedom".

During the retreat we will explore two traditional meditation practices and give you grounding in the basic principles of Buddhism.

Padmasambhava and the Heart of Awakening ONLINE

Saturday, 14 November 2020 to Thursday, 19 November 2020 2020

The retreat will draw on the inspiration of Padmasambhava, Tantric Guru, who was invited to Tibet to transform the deeper, more unruly forces of the mind.  Through meditation, silence and ritual we will explore the ‘Heart of Awakening’ practice which he taught.

The retreat will start on Saturday evening at 7.30pm. The programme for Sun – Wed will be:

padmasambhava and the vajra of awakening

Friday, 26 November 2021 to Friday, 3 December 2021 2021

This retreat is appropriate for people with an established meditation practice within the Triratna Buddhist Community. The retreat will draw on inspiration from Padmasambhava, the original Tantric Guru, who guides us to transform the deeper, more unruly forces of our mind.

Padmasambhava is seen to be both a historical and mythic figure within Buddhism. He was a renowned Yogi, Dharma Teacher, Shaman, and Healer.

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