The Vajra and the Lotus
Friday 18 September – Sunday 20 September
This is an opportunity for women* practising within Triratna to come and meditate together at Vijayaloka (subject to COVID-19 restrictions, of course).
We'll be looking at our practice through the two lenses of the Vajra - the diamond thunderbolt, and the Lotus - the symbol of receptivity and unfolding, and exploring the paradox of relaxed alertness.
Begins 6:00pm 18 September, and ends by 3:30pm 20 September.
* This retreat is for those who identify as women and for genderqueer folk! Please note this retreat is for women familiar with Triratna Buddhist practices and not suitable for beginners.
Frequently Asked Questions
How long do I need to have been practising?
The weekend section of the retreat is suitable for beginners and advanced practitioners. However the full 9 days does require a personal practice and some experience.
Do I need to be a Buddhist?
Although our inspiration and practices come from Buddhist teachings, you do not need to be a Buddhist to attend or benefit from the retreat.
What does the cost include?
The retreat cost covers the full cost of the retreat, including all food. Retreatants participate in a work roster for cooking and cleaning.
What will the food be like?
Many Buddhists practice veganism as an expression of non-violence. As such, all food will be vegan. If you have any allergies that aren't listed on the booking form, please contact us before booking to ensure we can cater for you.
What do I need to bring?
Unless you are coming a long distance we ask that you bring your own sheets and blankets or a sleeping bag (we have plenty of pillows, and there is bedding available if you are unable to bring your own.)
It can be surprisingly cold in the early mornings and evenings, and quite hot in the middle of the day, so bring clothes suitable for all weather: we suggest you bring layers as well as a warm jumper or jacket. You'll also need a good sun hat and suitable shoes, especially if you want to walk in the bush. There is a river you can swim in so you may also want to swimwear if you want to swim.
In addition you'll need to bring any toiletries you need including a towel, insect repellent, and sun block. It is also a good idea to bring a torch if you have one and you may also want to bring a notebook and pen.
We have meditation gear (cushions, etc.), but you are welcome to bring your own.
What will the accommodation be like?
Vijayaloka provides simple, but comfortable accommodation. Living communally is an important and enjoyable part of the retreat. We will be in shared single-sex rooms with 2-4 people in each, and will eat together communally. Camping is possible if you bring a tent (check with us about borrowing one).
Living communally means caring for each other. The team leading the retreat are volunteers who are on retreat as well and we will ask you to help out with simple chores. Working together is a good way of getting to know each other, and it also helps us keep the cost of the retreat to a minimum.