Saturday 15th October 2022, 10.00am – 5.00pm UK time, in person and online
We are very happy to welcome Bhante Bodhidhamma to lead this day of practice for Oxford Insight Meditation. The day will include periods of sitting and walking meditation, meditation instructions, dharma teachings and some time for questions. There will be a break for lunch of at least 1 hour. The day will mainly be in silence. The retreat is suitable for beginners as well as those with experience of meditation practice. We ask that you commit to staying for the full day.
Bhante Bodhidhamma started training in Soto Zen in 1977, then in the Mahasi Theravada Tradition with Sayadaws U Rewata Dhamma, U Janaka and U Pandita. In 1986 he ordained, subsequently spending eight years at Kanduboda Mahasi Meditation Centre in Sri Lanka. He has been teaching in England, Ireland and internationally since 1998. From 2001- 2005, he was the Resident Teacher at Gaia House. He founded the Satipanya Buddhist Retreat in Wales, a meditation centre devoted to the Mahasi tradition.
Listen to talks by Bhante Bodhidhamma on Dharmaseed
If you are participating in person, we want to make the retreat as accessible as we can, so there are a number of Covid related precautions that we will be taking at the venue and that we encourage you to take as well:
- We encourage you to attend online if you have any Covid symptoms. You can obtain a refund for your in- person ticket via Eventbrite and then book a new online ticket.
- We encourage you to have a lateral flow test, up to 48hrs before the event. If you test positive please attend online.
- We will encourage social distancing when sitting in the hall.
- We encourage you to wear a mask where social distancing isn’t possible, for example when moving around the space, in the kitchen, lobby, hallways and in the toilets.
- We will ensure that the hall is well ventilated and will be keeping some windows open, so please dress warmly.
If you are participating in person please arrive for registration between 9.15 and 9.45am.
Bhante Bodhidhamma offers his teaching for free and we invite you to make a ‘dana‘ donation to the Satipanya Buddhist Trust, where Bhante serves as Spiritual Director. Please go to https://www.satipanya.org.uk/donations/ to make a donation. To learn more about the Satipanya , visit https://www.satipanya.org.uk/
Please note we are unable to process donations for our teachers through Eventbrite.
The fee for online participation is £5/£3 (concessions) and for in person participation £15/£5 (concessions). The fee covers general running costs of the online and in person retreats, including Zoom costs, Eventbrite fees, hall hire and teachers’ travel and accommodation expenses. Our teachers receive no payment from the booking fee; instead you will be invited to offer a donation to the teacher in the ancient tradition of dana.
We invite you to pay the full rate if you are reasonably able to do so, as this supports the continuation of our retreats. We also offer concessionary rate tickets to those who are unemployed, full-time students, on a low income, or are otherwise finding it difficult to meet the full cost. If you are unable to afford our concessionary rate, for any reason, please contact us on the email address below, as we’d like to ensure that these days are accessible to everyone.
Cancellation and refunds:
Please let us know as soon as possible if you need to cancel your place on a retreat – otherwise, someone else may be turned away unnecessarily. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org to let us know if you can’t be there. We offer refunds up to 24 hours before the retreat. Please see instructions here for how to claim a refund.
For those participating online:
This will be emailed to those who have registered one week before the retreat, 24hrs before the retreat and again 1 hour before the retreat begins. Please check your junk mail if you have not received the email.
For those participating in person:
Venue: Littlemore Village Hall, Railway Lane, Littlemore, Oxford, OX4 4PY
The hall is wheelchair accessible and has an accessible toilet. There is parking available in the hall’s private car park close to the front door. Please contact us if you will need any support on the day to enable you to attend.
See here for a map of the location Please allow plenty of time to travel so that you can arrive at the hall between 9.15 and 9.45 for registration.
Public transport: City bus 3A, every 30 mins from the High Street and Iffley Road to The George pub, Littlemore, then 2 mins walk. Also City bus 3, every 11 minutes from the High Street and Iffley Road to Rose Hill Parade, then 11 mins walk. Also City bus 5A every 30 minutes from the High Street and Cowley Road to the Catholic Church, Littlemore and then 5 mins walk. For more information on bus times see here
There is parking for about 10 cars in the hall’s private car park.
What to bring:
The hall is heated, but uncarpeted, please bring plenty of warm clothing, and a mat or rug, plus meditation stool or cushions if you wish to sit on the floor. You may also wish to bring slippers or warm socks. There are also chairs available, you may wish to bring a cushion or two for padding.
will be held in silence. We invite you to bring your own vegan or vegetarian packed lunch. A selection of teas, herbal drinks, milk and plant milk will be provided.
All are welcome:
We are committed to creating an inclusive retreat space. We welcome people irrespective of religious or political beliefs, ethnicity, class, sexuality, gender, age, ability and culture.
Please get in touch if you have any questions, if you need to cancel, or to change your booking email@example.com