Hello Padmadasa (goodbye Ian!)

Ian The community at Vajraloka were extremely pleased to hear the great news of Ian’s ordination in Spain recently.   The meaning of Padmadasa means “Servant of the Lotus” and his private preceptor was Prakasha.   Padmadasa has been living at Vajraloka for a number of years and the main backbone of the cooking team as well as a staunch community member.   I’m sure that all those who have experienced his exceptional cooking skills, friendliness and easy companionship on retreat will wish him 3 hearty Sadhus for the future. We all look forward to having him back with us again very soon. (and especially as some of us are losing weight!)   With all best wishes from the Vajraloka community.    

Window Upgrade work

Dear friends, Windows 2 I’m pleased to announce that at the end of July we had all the windows replaced in dorms, A, B, C, E and F for double glazed ones. They do look very nice and have been matched to retain the look of the older, traditional ones. The new windows mean that the whole site is up to standard and the rooms should now be warmer and draft free. Also the extra insulation should help us to reduce our massive annual heating bill, which even if only a little would be helpful. The work to replace these windows has been slow to implement due to a severe lack of available funds. However due to the extreme kindness of two of our regular supporters we were able to complete this work and also to start work to upgrade our showers and other areas of the center. I will be posting news on these other developments soon. In addition to helping us pay for this much needed work our two supporters have also been extremely helpful in advising and supporting us to kick-start a fundraising drive. Vajraloka strives to keep the costs of the retreats held here as low as possible in order to enable as many as possible to join retreats. However, this means that over the years we have very little extra money to pay for much needed development and expansion work. If you are interested to help Vajraloka to continue to grow and develop and continue to benefit people  then please look at our Supporting Vajraloka page on this site for ways to support us. In the meantime, with all best wishes Bodhananda  

2015 Programme Update!

Dear friends, After a great deal of frenzied activity, we have manged to plan, organize, design and have published our 2015 Programme and calendar! And all before the end of July! This has been a terrific team undertaking. All that’s left for me to do is to make sure they get sent out to our centers around the world. You can also download a PDF version of it from the website and also make bookings for all retreats in 2015 We very much look forward to seeing you all on retreat again sometime soon. Best wishes Bodhananda

New! Safety Handrails on all our steps!

Hand-railsFor all of you who are familiar with retreats here in the wetter or colder months, which to be honest can be pretty often. You’ll be pleased to know that we have just had installed quite robust but pleasing handrails around all of the outside steps. This is something which we have been planning to do for some time as the steps can be quite slippy in wet or icy weather. I have been very busy over the year with finding suitable contractors to carry out the work to our budget. This week I am pleased to have just finished painting them all, so you should feel a lot safer on the steps, especially at night. best wishes                  Bodhananda  

Balajit moves to pastures new

balajit After eight years as a member of the Vajraloka team and community, Balajit has recently moved on to Birmingham. Balajit originally came here as quite a recently ordained Order member. Over the years he’s contributed a huge amount to Vajraloka, the place, team and centre. Apart from being our main publicity man for quite some years, he’s developed into a talented and effective meditation teacher and retreat leader with a unique style (as those who’ve met his monkey and alligator puppets in the shrine room will undoubtedly agree)! All the same, we’re pleased that Balajit is going to be keeping up his connection with Vajraloka – he will still be coming here to lead, co-lead or support retreats, and as he is remaining as one of our Trustees, his ongoing contribution will continue to go even further. We wish him well for his new ventures and livelihood plans, and look forward to continuing to work with him in the development of increasingly excellent and effective meditation teaching and Dharma practice within the Triratna Community.

In the loop

We now have a sound loop system in the shrineroom, for the hard of hearing. images Our shrineroom is generally a very quiet and still place most of the time. Though when a retreat leader is doing a presentation or leading a meditation it can be difficult for those with hearing difficulties to follow what is being said. Our new sound loop system will pick up voices in the shrineroom and transmit them to anyone with a suitable hearing device, in a amplified form. If you are considering coming on a retreat at Vajraloka, and would like to know whether the system is compatible with you own hearing device please do get in touch.