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Summer Sangha Retreat – Taming Your Demons

Friday, September 16th @ 6:00 pm Sunday, September 18th @ 2:30 pm

The word “Sangha” means spiritual community. You do not have to be a Buddhist, or want to be a Buddhist, to be part of our Sangha for this retreat.

We all have demons in our lives. External demons – people we have difficulty with, jobs we dislike, money worries, concerns about the state of the planet. And internal demons – questioning our life purpose, our sense of self-worth, past regrets, future worries.

Sometimes we can feel overpowered by these demons and feel unable to make any positive change in our lives. But Buddhist practice is transformational in ways far beyond the limits of our imagination. Individually and collectively, we can use Buddhist teachings not only to tame our demons, but to work them to our advantage. In every difficult situation, there is a sparkling jewel to be discovered!

Padmasambhava, an important Tibetan figure in the development of Buddhism, tamed dark forces in his quest to bring Buddhism to Tibet, and used them to create positive change. On this retreat, we will be learning from his experience and advice.  Over 10 centuries after he first wrote it, his teachings are as relevant today as they ever were.

Our retreat will involve meditation, talks, collective rituals, storytelling, discussions and outdoor activities at the stunning Vajrasana Retreat Centre near Bury St Edmunds. Price includes all accommodation and food.

  • Full Price – £140
  • Concession & Young Buddhists – £100
  • Young Buddhists before 1st August – £77

The London Buddhist Centre (who own Vajrasana) have made a lovely short film about what its like going on retreat at Vajrasana; which you can watch here:

How to join

Book your place using the form opposite. You will receive an email acknowledgment immediately and a participant pack by email a few days before the retreat starts.

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Full Price
Please pay this if you can afford to
£ 140.00
Concession Price
Pay this if a low income means you are unable to afford the full price
£ 100.00
Young Buddhist
Pay this if you are aged under 35.
£ 100.00
Young Buddhist – Before 6th August – Deposit
For under 35s booking before 6th August (a further £22 due by 2nd Sept)
£ 50.00

Your questions

Is this event suitable for me?

This event is suitable for everybody. However, please indicate at the time of booking if you have not been introduced to our two meditation practices so that we can arrange an introductory session for you.

The retreat includes the opportunity to participate in Buddhist rituals but you are free to just observe if you would rather do that.

Where will I sleep and what will the food be like?

Vajrasana is a modern purpose-built retreat centre. We sleep in single-sex shared rooms. There are very few single rooms which are allocated to those with specific needs. Delicious vegan food is provided. Please indicate any allergies at the time of booking.

Do I need to attend for the whole retreat?

None of the sessions are compulsory but it is best if you can attend from the beginning to the end. If you plan to arrive late or leave early please let us know by sending an emial to


The retreat will be bought to you by these wonderful people,,,


Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk IP31 3RA United Kingdom
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