The retreats we run at Vajrasana, our purpose-built retreat centre in Suffolk are ideal conditions in which to look deeply at our lives and transform them for the better. You don’t need to know anything about Buddhism or meditation to come on most of our retreats. You just need to be open to exploring the larger issues of life and what they might mean for you.
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Do I need to be a Buddhist?
No, you don’t need to be a Buddhist. On our introductory retreats you don’t need any previous experience of meditation either – if you don’t know our two main meditation practices, we will teach them to you from scratch. To attend intensive retreats we ask that you have been practising the Mindfulness of Breathing and Metta Bhavana regularly, and in a Triratna context, for at least six months.
What actually happens on retreat?
Retreat life is simple, with a daily programme to follow. There will be periods of meditation, talks on aspects of Buddhism and Buddhist rituals. As the retreat progresses there will be more meditation sessions and longer periods of silence to allow for reflection. On most retreats there will also be small groups led by a team member in which you can discuss your experience of the retreat. In order to keep the retreat running smoothly, we ask everyone to help out with some simple chores.