The Nature of Mind - Online Retreat for Order Members

This retreat is for members of the Triratna Buddhist Order.

ONLINE BOOKINGS - Please note that bookings for this retreat will close Tuesday 14th June at 4pm

Bookings on this page are for an online space only on this hybrid retreat.


The deposit amount is £99 to book, plus a suggested donation of £60-90 (this can be paid at the booking checkout).

Please note:

1. That the automated booking confirmation that you will receive will contain information that relates to a residential retreat, so please ignore that. It would cost money that we don't currently have to change our systems to reflect the circumstances of this hybrid event.

2. You will receive a joining email from us close to the start of the event, with a Zoom link that will work for the whole of that particular retreat online event.

3. Zoom is a simple online communications platform that is very easy to use. If you have not used it before, we suggest that you download this programme and install for free before your retreat is due to take place. You can find the programme at this link: If you have any questions about using Zoom, please contact us at

Retreat information

This retreat is part of the proposed Nature of Mind course being run in 2022 (more information to follow).

To know the nature of mind directly is life-transforming. Through it we can find freedom at last, relieve ourselves of deep causes of suffering, relax deeply, and open our hearts to the world in a new way. On this retreat we shall use teachings from the Mahamudra tradition of Tibetan Buddhism, and Sangharakshita’s commentaries on them, as pointers and guides to help us in a practical meditative journey to discover the true nature of our own heart-mind.

The retreat will be mainly in silence, with teaching from Vessantara, meditation reviews and some devotional practice.

Vessantara has worked with this material for many years, including during a three-year retreat in France in 2008-11. He and Ambaranta have teamed up for many retreats at Rivendell over the past decade.

The online programme (all times BST)


Saturday (all sessions open 10 mins before)

*10:15 - 12:30 Teaching Session (*please note the slightly earlier start time and arrive promptly for some information from Vijayamala)

15:30 - 16:00 Optional tune in with others on the retreat

16:00 - 17:30 Teaching Session

20:00 - 21:00 Meditative and/or Devotional Session


Sunday-Thursday (all sessions open 10 mins before)

10:30 - 12:30 Teaching Session

16:00 - 17:30 Teaching Session

20:00 - 21:00 Meditative and/or Devotional Session


Concession information

Unfortunately Rivendell is unable to offer concessionary rates in 2022, as we are still in a very difficult financial situation as a result of closing for a year and a half due to the pandemic (2020/2021). However, please consider writing to our office team via if you really are in need of some financial assistance to help enable you to come on retreat here.

Cancellation policy

All deposits are non-refundable and non-transferable in all circumstances.

Retreat Leaders: 
Vessantara and Ambaranta
Single Room Availability: 
Sorry, but the single room is not available on this retreat now
Date: Saturday, June 18, 2022 to Friday, June 24, 2022

Prices for this event are: £99

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This event is no longer open for bookings