Sraddhadharani first began practising Buddhism in Manchester in the late '90's. A desire to explore her practise more deeply away from the distractions and demands of busy urban life lead to her moving to the Scottish Borders, where she has lived for the last 16 years with her partner and various dogs and cats. Her interest in and commitment to Buddhism continued to develop and thrive, helped by the beauty and peace of the surrounding landscape, as well as the many opportunities available within the Triratna Buddhist Community and she was ordained into the Triratna Buddhist Order in 2013. She has a particular interest in meditation and has been co-facilitating a Meditation Group in her local village hall for the last 8 years. She also works as a dog walker and massage therapist and enjoys using ritual and ceremony as a way of bringing people together around shared values and experiences.
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.
Saturday, 23 January 2021 to Thursday, 28 January 2021 2021
Smritiratna writes: "We live, it seems, in increasingly troubled times. Yet if we fall prey to fear, hatred, blame and conflict, things only get worse. Somehow we need the resources to find our feet, rise up and meet the challenges we face with courage and confidence, with strength and dignity, with creativity and compassion, with wisdom and the harmonising speech that builds concord and co-operation.
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:
Friday, 17 January 2020 to Friday, 24 January 2020 2020
Far from just a means of relaxation, the Buddha’s teaching of mindfulness can bring new levels of meaning, direction and joy to our lives. We will be exploring some of the most relevant teachings for modern life, and how we can directly put them into practice as well as doing some gentle Qi Gong movements to help us inhabit our bodies more fully.
For more information read the retreat information sheet.
Friday, 16 August 2019 to Friday, 23 August 2019 2019
As well as giving us a thorough introduction to meditation, this retreat will provide an excellent grounding in the fundamental principles of Buddhism and how we can apply these Buddhist tools to enrich our busy and complex lives.
For more information read the retreat information sheet
Friday, 7 June 2019 to Friday, 14 June 2019 2019
Going Deeper retreats are an ideal first regulars retreat. They are suitable for anyone who has already done an introductory retreat or, who has been attending their local Triratna centre and wants to take things deeper. Going Deeper – with Hillwalking takes the established successful Hillwalking retreat format and by intensifying the practice enables us to connect more deeply with our experience both in the shrine room and, in nature.
Friday, 2 October 2015 to Friday, 9 October 2015 2015
On this retreat we will explore the Buddha's four noble truths and eightfold path to awakening through talks discussion meditation, reflection and ritual. There will be more silence, meditation and a stronger Buddhist context (including an introduction to and practice of 7-fold Puja) than on our introductory retreats. They are open to anyone who has done an introductory retreat or has been attending a local centre and is looking to take their practice a bit deeper.
Friday, 4 June 2021 to Sunday, 6 June 2021 2021
You need to be an order member, mitra or a centre regular within the Scottish Triratna Buddhist Community in order to attend this retreat.
Covid-19 update: At the current time we are expecting to be able to run this retreat with a maximum of 10 retreatants and 2 team members. We will be following physical distancing guidelines and have enhanced cleaning and hygiene measures in place.
Friday, 5 February 2021 to Friday, 12 February 2021 2021
Covid-19 update: Sadly due to covid-19 restrictions in Scotland and across the UK this retreat has been cancelled and will now be running online. For more information and booking click here.
Friday, 8 January 2021 to Sunday, 10 January 2021 2021
Covid-19 update: Sadly this retreat has been cancelled due to Tier 4 restrictions across Scotland. An alternative introductory weekend will be running online from 22-24 Jan. For more information click here.