Bookings have now opened for this year’s UK retreat led by Tsoknyi Rinpoche, which will be on the theme ‘Dreamlike Enlightenment – Understanding Illusion from a Dzogchen Perspective’.
It will run from March 23-29 and again take place at Bruton School for Girls, Somerset. To secure your place, please complete the 2018 booking form (click here).
This will be an open retreat, an opportunity to receive rare and valuable teachings from Rinpoche on ultimate reality and to receive pointing out instructions. Whatever your Buddhist path, having the right view underpins and enhances all practices. For longtime students of Rinpoche, a reminder that we’ve never ‘arrived’ and the open retreats are always different.
Participation involves the commitment to be present for the whole six days. As usual, this will be a silent retreat in order to help us absorb the teachings.
Online bookings are now open. Here is the link to the booking form.
Dorm accommodation is in rooms ranging from 4 to 8 beds. Some of the dorms are divided into cubicles with visual privacy. All meals are vegetarian and you can select vegan or gluten free options when booking.
Costs will be as follows:
Retreat fee for 6 days: £250
Accommodation and all meals, per person, for 6 nights:
Single room, shared bathroom £400 Total: £650
Twin or triple £260 Total: £510
Dorm £200 Total: £450
For those who wish to stay offsite I suggest they look at the Airbnb website. A meals-only plus retreat fee option will be available, priced at £100 for the six days.
You can secure your place with a deposit of £200, the balance payable before or at the retreat in March. Payment can be made by PayPal (with a debit or credit card if you don’t have an account) Alternatively you can pay by online bank transfer or cheque. (Full payment details on booking form.)
For cancellation between 1st February and 7th March there will be £100 fee. For cancellation after 7th March you will loose your deposit.
We will operate a bursary fund again this year, giving people an opportunity to make a voluntary contribution to help towards the retreat fees for those less well off. There will be an opportunity to apply for a bursary when booking.
Registration is open on March 23rd from 2.00 – 5.15 pm
It will take place in Cumberlege House off the main car park. We usually finish about 10.30 on the final day, the 29th.
We do rely on volunteers to help run things smoothly and many people find it adds to their feeling of connection to Rinpoche and the sangha to be involved. I’m therefore inviting everyone who would like to offer their help to contact me. The usual areas are: leading meditation sessions, driving (if you bring a car), serving Rinpoche tea, helping in the shop, lifting and carrying/arranging rooms for different events, house warden, tidying up, looking after the shrine, shrine hall, or just being available when needed. Please also let us know if you have any specific skills you’d like to offer.
If driving please get directions from one of the website like AA Routefinder. The Heathrow Express train goes directly into Paddington railway station. You can catch a train from London Paddington either to Castle Cary which is a few miles away but there will be taxis, or Bruton Station which is a 20 minute walk. (www.trainline.com)
Travel to Bruton from Bristol Airport:
There is an airport bus from the airport into Bristol Temple Meads railway station, about 20 mins, regular service. Check train times from Bristol to Castle Cary on www.GWR.com or thetrainline.com It can be cheaper to buy your tickets in advance and collect at the station – be sure to take your bank card and booking reference. There is a service to Bruton railway station but generally aren’t taxis there. It’s about a 20/30 minute walk from there to the school.
From London there is a service from Paddington Station to Castle Cary, check services on the website mentioned.
Please note, the first meal will be supper on the 23rd, so if you arrive early there will be tea making facilities but no lunch provided.
The Dharma Shop
A reminder if you’re having a New Year clear out: any unused dharma books, magazines or practice materials can be contributed to help raise funds for the school.
There will be one more newsletter before the retreat, mid January, with the final details. Make sure you are signed up for the newsletter to receive the latest information – see the link below.
For more details see the December 2017 newsletter.