• coming events with registration links
  • past events with links to materials, video & audio

I offer online retreats and weekly classes all year round. Sign up to my mailing list by registering for one of the ones below, and I’ll keep you updated. 

From Spring 2024 I shall be hosting a regular weekly class for Order members on the lunar calendar, i.e. Full Moon, Half Moon and the Half Moons.

Who are these events for?
All these events are for experienced meditators. To learn meditation from the beginning, go here or here.

Apart from the Weekly Class sessions, most of the materials and events are for Order members. These are open for all to browse with one exception. Sadhana (deity yoga) practices require explanation and initiation from a qualified teacher, which in our tradition is given only at ordination. So if you haven’t received ordination please don’t play the meditation videos connected with those practices. The theoretical material is fine to browse, and there plenty of other aspects of Dharma to explore, such as the retreats on Abhidharma, Death and Dying, the Elements and the Brahmaviharas.

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Registration Links for coming events
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every Tuesday 10am, Thursday 5pmOngoing Weekly Class Anapanasati Tue 10am Brahmaviharas Thur 5pmongoing, registration https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZYudu-ppjsrE9DPjAgGt55LnLQHhWKkKUMuAnapanasati Tuesdays 10am https://vimeo.com/showcase/10330699

Brahmaviharas Thursdays 5pm
https://vimeo.com/showcase/10330700
https://kamalashila.co.uk/resource-pageTetradAnapanasati https://soundcloud.com/k-s-ce=clipboard&utm_medium=text&utm_campaign=social_sharing

Brahmaviharas https://soundcloud.com/k-s-52/sets/brahmaviharas-on-thursdays-at?si=83ece271bd4e46479e74603341f487ff&utm_source=clipboard&utm_medium=text&utm_campaign=social_sharing
April 2024?The Greatly Compassionate OneThis retreat was postponed because of moving house. It will be rescheduled as the first event after the Winter Retreat, probably April 2024. https://vimeo.com/showcase/10639586 https://kamalashila.co.uk/the-greatly-compassionate-onePadma
6-7 January 2024Freeing the Mind in person weekend at West London Buddhist Centre with online participationhttps://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZIkduygpjgqEtdm–rAxMS7edwIjnYT5Fyo
11 January – 10 March 2024Virtual Vihara Winter Retreat 2024https://us06web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZAqcOispjosE9CwdUpIkUIiAXfGkrwpPqsB

Are you an Order member doing much over the next month or two?  Whether you have time to be on retreat or not, this is a good time of year to slow down and refresh your Dharma practice.  The Winter Retreat is an online community of other Order members doing that together until the early spring.  It is free with an option to give dana according to your means.  You can come for the whole thing, dip in and out, or just come for a period.  Sign up for the minimal three weeks, or join us for the whole period.

The atmosphere and general discussion vibe is very informal, but there is a solid, serious core: our  regular formal practice sessions – mornings 10-12, afternoons 4-6. and evening 8-9pm (uk times).  
This programme happens every day except Mondays which is a ‘tech free’ or ‘solo day.’ There are also special events on the full moon and quarter days.  

The Winter Retreat is an opportunity you can use according to your needs.  It can be the support framework for a personal, at-home, intensive retreat, adding more sessions of practice. Several people have done this every year over the last three of these events.  Some people go and stay with an Order friend and practice together.  But it doesn’t have to be a retreat – you can use the regular connection to work on your practice within your usual daily working life – something all of us can probably benefit from, and that many Order members have done over recent years as well.  

All sessions are optional.  The meditation sessions are regularly own-practice but most days I also do some teaching and leading.  There may be study as well as meditation.  We shall see what people are interested in. I’m open to requests regarding the content. 
These events are fun, take our practice deep, and cement bonds within the Order. Do join us and practice with us. 
https://kamalashila.co.uk/virtual-vihara-winter-retreat-2024Mahamudra 
11 – 17 November 2023 The Dance of KurukulleA retreat practising the Kurukulle Sadhana received by Sangharakshita from Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche and edited for Order practice by Kamalashila, backed up by sessions of Karunabhavana radiationhttps://vimeo.com/showcase/10639585https://kamalashila.co.uk/the-dance-of-kurukulleHrih https://on.soundcloud.com/4mk4y
3-5 November 2023The Qualities of Karuna and AnukampaA weekend of study and meditation for the Thursday 5pm Weekly Class on the Brahmaviharas. We began studying Bhikkhu Analayo’s Compassion and Emptiness, an important text and meditated on Karuna. https://vimeo.com/showcase/10639576https://kamalashila.co.uk/the-qualities-of-karuna-and-anukampaKaruna https://on.soundcloud.com/u9euH
9 – 15 October 2023The Great StupaMeditation on everything Stupa related: Death, the Charnel Ground, Buddha and his dispensation of insight methods, the Elements, their dissolution and our identification with them. https://vimeo.com/showcase/10639578https://kamalashila.co.uk/the-great-stupaRupa 
20 – 29 September 2023The Great DissolutionRecorded at Vajraloka. Given time to reflect plus some guidance, we can learn how we can prepare for the end of life.  It is only forces of samsara within us that make death seem impossible to relate to.  Facing death is a natural path to wisdom & compassion.  There’s a place in ourselves where our impermanence is a path.https://vimeo.com/showcase/10673468Nonenonenone
15-17 September 2023 WeekendThe Great Doubt With Yashobodhi. A weekend retreat focusing on the great fetter, hindrance and poison of Doubt. https://vimeo.com/showcase/10636111https://kamalashila.co.uk/the-great-doubtSheephttps://on.soundcloud.com/7RNxY
25-27 August 2023 WeekendStability of Earth, Water of InspirationA weekend retreat for the Weekly class, focusing on on Anapanasatihttps://vimeo.com/showcase/10607616NoneNone 
7-13 AugustThe Radiance of WisdomWith Padmayogini.  A continuation of the Mandala retreat in May with an emphasis on Vajrayogini.  The resource page has some interesting conversation with Anandajyoti about the Sri Sahaji Vajrayogini practice. https://vimeo.com/showcase/10537470https://kamalashila.co.uk/the-radiance-of-wisdomPrajna 
21-23 July 2023 WeekendElemental VajrasattvaA weekend retreat for Order members focusing on the six elements practice and the Vajrasattva sadhanahttps://vimeo.com/showcase/10535216https://kamalashila.co.uk/elemental-vajrasattvaVajrahttps://on.soundcloud.com/XKGx5
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30 June- 2 July 2023 WeekendBoundless AwarenessThe first weekend retreat for the Weekly Class on Anapanasati and Brahmaviharashttps://vimeo.com/showcase/10497779NoneNone 
22-28 May 2023Mandala: a Cosmic PrincipleA retreat, co-led with Padmayogini, about the Principles of the Mandala https://vimeo.com/showcase/mandala2023mayhttps://kamalashila.co.uk/mandala-a-cosmic-principleCentrehttp://on.soundcloud.com/pnt38
2 January – 5 March 2023Winter Retreat 2023The annual winter retreats include many sadhana meditations, puja, talks and teachings stimulated by the community on a range of topics. The resource pages offer a rich selection of downloads. tinyurl.com/2023JanWinter https://kamalashila.co.uk/virtual-vihara-winter-retreat-2023Satinone
11-17 November 2022Perfect Wisdom of KurukulleA retreat exploring the culmination of the year’s various approaches to sunyata – opening to emptiness, the sadhana method, the energy of wisdom, and realisation beyond life and death – in the figure of the Dakini Kurukulle.  tinyurl.com/2022NovKurukullehttps://kamalashila.co.uk/the-perfect-wisdom-of-kurukulleHrihnone
7-13 October 2022 and Perfect Wisdom Dying ProcessA retreat about how to relate from a Buddhist perspective to the inevitability of death and dying, drawing particularly on the teachings of Prajnaparamita. tinyurl.com/2022OctDyinghttps://kamalashila.co.uk/perfect-wisdom-in-the-dying-processMarananone
9-12 September 2022 and 2-5 January 2023Perfect Wisdom of Manjusri / Gnosis of Manjusri (combined events)Two three-day retreats centred upon the Manjughosa Stuti Sadhana, with input from Anandajyoti tinyurl.com/2022SeptManjusrihttps://kamalashila.co.uk/the-perfect-wisdom-of-manjusri-gnosisGnosisnone
24-30 June 2022Stages of Sadhana MeditationA retreat about the different stages of sadhana practice – how evoking emptiness, imaginative visualisation, reflection on the maya-way, and union with the deity all work together for the sadhanas we have been initiated into.   tinyurl.com/2022JuneSadhanahttps://kamalashila.co.uk/sadhana-perfect-wisdom-prajnaparamitaYidamnone
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9-15 May 2022Stages of Meditation on EmptinessA retreat about ways to enter the natural state of sunyata, exploring the six elements and a light look at Khenpo Rinpoche’s Progressive Stages of Meditation on Emptiness.tinyurl.com/2022MayEmptinesshttps://kamalashila.co.uk/stages-of-meditation-on-emptinessSunyatanone
10 December 2021 – 3 March 2022Winter Retreat 2022The annual winter retreats include many sadhana meditations, puja, talks and teachings stimulated by the community on a range of topics. The resource pages offer a rich selection of downloads.tinyurl.com/WinterRetreat2021-2022https://kamalashila.co.uk/virtual-vihara-winter-retreat-2021-22Viharanone
3-9 December 2021DakiniIntroducing the Tantric figure of the Dakini, ‘in essence … the nature of mind appearing as an intimate spiritual friend revealed through practice and the realisations that arise out of practice.’  Practising the sadhana of Kurukulle.  Talks include a commentary on the Kurukulle practice and reflections on the nature of the dakini.   tinyurl.com/2021DecDakinihttps://kamalashila.co.uk/dakiniHrihnone
29 September – 4 October 2021Inner Breath Vajra BodyA retreat on the Anapanasati practice with special reference to the inner / vajra body. Manjughosa as presiding deity. tinyurl.com/2021OctIBVBhttps://kamalashila.co.uk/inner-breath-vajra-bodyPrananone
22-28 September 2021Immeasurable SunyataA retreat on the Four Brahmaviharas, with talks and teaching on the practices.  There’s also material on Death and Dying, Tara, and Vajrasattva tinyurl.com/2021SeptImmeasurableSunyatahttps://kamalashila.co.uk/immeasurable-sunyataLovenone
27 August to 2 September 2021The Dharma of Death and DyingA retreat on Death and the dying process with ritual for deceased Order members, emphasis on Bodhicitta and materials from the Pali canon such as the instruction to Girimananda and the Charnel Ground practice, Maranasati. tinyurl.com/2021AugDeathDyinghttps://kamalashila.co.uk/the-dharma-of-death-and-dyingLiberationnone
23-29 April 2021Living in the Vajra WorldRetreat on ‘Living Order Practice’ focusing on sadhana.  Talks and instructions on Sakyamuni, Manjughosa, Mahakarunika, Tara and  Padmasambhava.  Also material on The Theatre of Sadhana, the Five Wisdoms, Anapanasati and the Elements. tinyurl.com/2021AprilVajraWorldhttps://kamalashila.co.uk/living-in-the-vajra-worldSadhananone
.  26 March to 1 April 2021Treasure Trove of MindAn exploration in theory and practice of the 51 Mental Events in the Yogacara Abhidharma. With reflections, talks, printouts and appropriate meditations. tinyurl.com/2021MarchTreasureTrovehttps://kamalashila.co.uk/the-treasure-trove-of-mindCittanone
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21 November 2020 to 21 February 2021Winter Retreat 2021The annual winter retreats include many sadhana meditations, puja, talks and teachings stimulated by the community on a range of topics. The resource pages offer a rich selection of downloads.tinyurl.com/WinterRetreat2020-2021https://kamalashila.co.uk/virtual-vihara-winter-retreat-2020-21Nisprapancatinyurl.com/WinterRetreat2020-2021Audio
12-18 October 2020Dispersing the Darkness of IgnoranceFocusing on Wisdom and Manjughosa.  Commentary on the Stuti Sadhana, Talk on the Vajra Body, Extended Manjughosa (Dhardo) and new translation of Stuti-sadhana by Anandajyoti, who comments in many QA sessions.  Interesting material on resource page from Purna tinyurl.com/2020OctManjughosahttps://kamalashila.co.uk/dispersing-the-darkness-of-ignoranceArapachanatinyurl.com/2020OctManjughosaAudio
14-20 September 2020The Jewel in the LotusExploring Buddha-Nature with the Avalokitesvara sadhana and some teaching on the Just Sitting practicetinyurl.com/2020SeptJewelInTheLotushttps://kamalashila.co.uk/the-jewel-in-the-lotus-retreat-pagePadmeHumtinyurl.com/2020SeptJewelInTheLotusAudio
8-14 August 2020The Lineage of Prajnaparamita with Anandajyoti and KarunachittaFocusing on Prajnaparamita sadhana (with new translation by Anandajyoti) with inner body teaching from Karunachitta https://kamalashila.co.uk/prajnaparamita-retreat-pageBhagavatitinyurl.com/2020AugustPrajnaparamita
6-12 July 2020The Six BardosThe Bardo Thodol text in relation to death and dying, practice sessions focusing on the different Bardo states https://kamalashila.co.uk/six-bardos-retreat-pageWanderingtinyurl.com/2020JulyBardo
15-21 June 2020The Great ElementsDetailed instructions for the Six Elements family of practicestinyurl.com/2020JuneElementshttps://kamalashila.co.uk/great-elements-retreat-pageMahabhutatinyurl.com/2020JuneElements
8-14 May 2020The Vajrasattva SadhanaVajrasattva’s form and significance, commentary on sadhana, and Vajra body practices. tinyurl.com/2020MayVajrasattvaVideohttps://kamalashila.co.uk/vajrasattva-retreatThunderbolttinyurl.com/2020MayVajrasattva
10-16 April 2020The Mahakarunika SadhanaOur first event.  In audio only.  The video delivers the audio against a peaceful background – our garden at Kitty’s Farm, where we lived from August 2020 to October 2023.  tinyurl.com/2020AprilAvalokitesvaraVideoFollow audio link to see complete set of events on SoundCloud Nonetinyurl.com/2020AprilAvalokitesvara
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For many events you may need the password which protects certain pages from spam/data theft. Many retreats also have a resource page which may also offer ritual texts, talk transcripts, images etc.
Video & audio curation by Sarvamitra. Scroll right to see Resources, Audio and Password columns.


A selection from the Archive

Anapanasati

Note: this is not the introductory ‘Mindfulness of Breathing’ which is explained here.

Anapanasati Experienced Meditators weekly class videos
(This is a current, ongoing event: register free, donations welcome here)

From Order events:
Anapanasati lead through Video
Anapanasati lead through, emphasis on Anatta Video
Introduction to Anapanasati, mantras and full lead in context of Avalokitesvara Video
Anapanasati stages lead-through in text format Text
Comments on the anapanasati practice: especially insight stages & how to work in general PDF

The Brahmaviharas

Brahmaviharas Experienced Meditators weekly class videos
(This is a current, ongoing event: register free, donations welcome here)

From Order events:
The four Brahmaviharas lead-through Video (turn up volume)
Goodwill (metta) meditation Video
Karuna bhavana meditation Video
Karunabhavana in concentric spheres Video
Muditabhavana in concentric spheres Video
Upekkhabhavana in concentric spheres Video

The Six Elements Practice

A Six Elements Ritual PDF
Sakyamuni Mantras (5 mins.), then full lead through the Six Elements Practice Audio
Six Elements Practice Audio
Six Elements lead through Video

Just Sitting

Eight minute introduction to how to approach Just Sitting Video
Full introduction to Just Sitting and a session of the practice Video
Shrine salutation, simple Just Sitting Audio

Ritual Texts

Arya Tara Puja (from the Cult of Tara) PDF
Relinquishing The Six Elements, a Ritual for parting from clinging to this life PDF
Vajrapani Puja: Peace is a Fire addressed to both wrathful and peaceful aspects. PDF
The Heart Wish of Mahamudra- an Aspiration Prayer or Pranidhana PDF
Padmasambhava Puja PDF
Prajnaparamita Puja PDF
Six Elements Puja with Lounge Deities PDF
Vajrapani Puja (Wrathful) PDF
Manjughosa Puja PDF
Cutting Through Bondage Chö Ritual for Entering retreat PDF
Bardo of Meditation puja PDF
Puja in Preparation for Death and the Bardo PDF
Vajrasattva Puja text PDF
Buddha Puja PDF
Six Elements Puja PDF
Buddha Puja with six elements speak and Dakini mantras PDF
Long Hum Ritual PDF
Mahakarunika (Avalokitesvara) Sadhana Puja PDF

Sadhana in general

Sadhana: the Context and Image of Buddhist Practice PDF – A Guide to Sadhana practice
An Introduction to Tathagatagarbha in relation to sadhana and nature Video
The Vajra Body Video Talk about energy centres & seed-syllables as the basis for sadhana meditation (and as useful generally in meditation)
Session on the Inner body Video

Vajrasattva

Aspects of Vajrasattva: introduction to the form and significance of Vajrasattva Video
How to Approach the Vajrasattva sadhana: a point-by-point commentary on the Sadhana in the Tharpe Delam Video
Vajrasattva sadhana led through: a 50 minute led sadhana practice Video

Prajnaparamita

Prajñāpāramitā puja PDF
Prajnaparamita – the evolution of my relation to her sadhana. Introductory talk followed by ‘Cutting Through Bondage’ Ritual. Audio
Chakra Practice and purification breathing led by Karunachitta, with Introduction by Kamalashila Audio
Anandajyoti talk on the Prajnaparamita (58m), Kamalashila introducing & leading Prajnaparamita puja Audio

Avalokitesvara

Intro + Lead-through Mahakarunika – Mahamudra sadhana (4 armed Avalokitesvara) Audio
Lead-through of Avalokitesvara Sadhana based on Tillmann’s translation with an interpretation of the pointing out instruction Audio

Manjughosa

Commentary on the Manjughosa Stuti Sadhana Video
Brief introduction to the Manjughosa practice and lead-through Video
Full lead-through of Manjughosa stuti sadhana Video (skip to 3.20)
Manjughosa Practice followed by Manjughosa Puja (based on self-visualised sadhana) Video (skip to 4.0)
Led sadhana, Mantra chanting, then short discussion Audio