Smritiratna

Smritiratna first took up Buddhist practice in 1977 at the age of 21 while studying Developmental Psychology at Sussex University. At 27, he began training in earnest with the FWBO and entered the Western Buddhist Order in 1991.

In 1996, he came to Scotland, joined the Dhanakosa project and spent five years on-site, teaching and house-keeping. In 2001, he gave up house-keeping to concentrate on study, contemplation and teaching. He now lives in a forest hut near Dhanakosa. He still leads Dhanakosa retreats and continues to delight in introducing meditation to newcomers.

Men's winter online

Tuesday, 22 December 2020 to Monday, 28 December 2020 2020

“Dark of the Year, Return of the Light”

This year our Men’s Winter Retreat will take place over Zoom, direct from the Dhanakosa shrineroom. Our annual theme marks the time of the Winter Solstice, when the light begins to return at the darkest time of the year. The retreat offers a creative way to resource ourselves at this dark time and turn towards the light. We’ll be training in appreciative mindfulness day by day, with meditation, talks, discussion and devotion.

Booking Fee: 
£50.00

opening to life

Friday, 21 February 2020 to Friday, 28 February 2020 2020

Buddhism is not about beliefs, it’s about the way we live our lives.  On these retreats we will explore traditional Buddhist teachings and meditation practices integrated with daily bodywork sessions and see how they apply directly to our body, heart and mind. 

For more information read the retreat information sheet.

Booking Fee: 
£75.00

Simply being

Friday, 31 August 2018 to Friday, 7 September 2018 2018

‘Simply being’ points to a quality of awakeness and receptivity that we can recognise at any moment, both in and outside of formal meditation. It’s an openness to full presence in our being - in our body, senses and awareness. It suggests opening to what we really are, beyond conceptual fabrication, inseparable from nature itself, which is undivided and ungraspable. 

These are meditation retreats and will be conducted mostly in silence. They will normally have between 5 and 7 hours a day of sitting meditation.  

Booking Fee: 
£75.00

yoga and meditation

Friday, 2 March 2018 to Friday, 9 March 2018 2018

These retreats are an ideal first regulars retreat. They take successful themes from our introductory programme and gently introduce more silence, meditation and a stronger Buddhist context through teachings and ritual (including 7-fold Puja). They are open to anyone who has done an introductory retreat or has been attending a local Triratna Buddhist centre and is looking to take their practice deeper.

For more information read the retreat information sheet.

Booking Fee: 
£75.00

Opening to life

Friday, 23 February 2018 to Friday, 2 March 2018 2018

Buddhism is not about beliefs, it’s about the way we live our lives.  On these retreats we will explore traditional Buddhist teachings and meditation practices and see how they apply directly to our lives.  These retreats are an ideal reflective situation in which to take a fresh look at ourselves.

For more information read the retreat information sheet.

Booking Fee: 
£75.00