Bruton Retreat 2013

Rinpoche’s annual UK retreat took place, as usual, at Bruton School for Girls in the beautiful rural location of Bruton, Somerset.

Ani Konchog took some beautiful photos which you can find here.

Rinpoche led a truly inspiring retreat, focusing on the Dzogchen text on the view: Striking the Three Vital Points by Garab Dorje, written by Paltrul Rinpoche. We were very fortunate this year to have Rinpoche for longer than normal: 13 days as opposed to 7.The retreat drew people from around the world, 113 in total, mostly from the UK and Europe, with a handful from the US.

The retreat routine was the same as that for the month-long retreats, with Rinpoche teaching once a day for three hours, and retreatants completing seven hours of personal practice. Bruton is in a beautiful rural location, in the Somerset countryside, surrounded by hills and fields, so retreatants were able to enjoy short walks in the bright but cold spring weather, surrounded by fields full of sheep and lambs.

Each retreatant was very lucky to be granted a five minute interview with Rinpoche. We were also very fortunate to have a one hour question and answer group session each day with translator Gerardo. Rinpoche seemed very happy with the retreat and frequently included short practice sessions and guided meditations during his teaching period. It was a real privilege for us to have so much time practising with and being guided in meditation by Rinpoche.

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