Ajahn Brahmali Day Retreat : “Sila, The Foundation Of The Path”

Date(s) - 15 Jun 2024
10:00 am - 5:00 pm

Oxford Quakers Friends Meeting House
43 St Giles'
United Kingdom



We sometimes struggle with our meditation practice, but have we looked carefully at the well-structured teachings of the Buddha? He describes the stages of the path to Enlightenment clearly and it all begins with sila, ethics.


The Buddha said that stillness founded on virtue is of great fruit and benefit:

“Sila paribhavito samadhi, mahapphalo hoti mahanisamso.”

~ DN16 Mahaparinibbana Sutta.


Drawing on the early Buddhist texts and his own extensive experience, Ajahn Brahmali will describe how to develop beautiful qualities such as generosity, kindness and harmlessness that give rise to blameless bliss. Empowered by these qualities the mind becomes so energised and bright, that meditation happens naturally, in a way that leads to freedom.



About Ajahn Brahmali

Ajahn Brahmali, renowned for his deep understanding of early Buddhism and his contagious joy in sharing the Dhamma, will be teaching this transformative retreat centred on the theme “Sila, the Foundation of the Path.” A close disciple of Ajahn Brahm, he brings the Buddha’s teachings to life with clarity and enthusiasm, offering direct application to both a fulfilling life here and now, and the journey towards Enlightenment.

Where will the retreat be held?


This retreat will be held at the Friends Meeting House, in Oxford. We will have the use of main hall and the kitchen, surrounded by a lovely secluded lawn, allowing for a safe and uninterrupted space for meditation.


Comfy meditation chairs are provided. In order to maximise the space available we encourage you to use a chair, as we have only a few places for meditation mats (please bring your own mat if you need one, and any extra cushions).


Please bring your own packed lunch and flask for your ease. Hot water will be available and you are also welcome to bring along tea and milks to share.


The retreat is suitable for both beginners and experienced meditators alike and will accommodate a maximum of 50 people. Please register early to be sure you don’t miss out!


This day retreat will include Dhamma reflections, guided meditations and an opportunity for questions and discussion.



Tentative Retreat Schedule


09:30 – 09:55 Arrivals

10:00 – 11:30 Introduction talk and guided meditation (silence begins!)

11:30 – 12:00 Walking meditation

12:00 – 13:15 Lunch and rest period

13:15 – 14:30 Dhamma talk and guided meditation

14:30 – 15:00 Walking meditation

15:00 – 15:30 Silent group meditation

15:30 – 15:45 Tea break

15:45 – 16:30 Q&A

16:30 – 17:00 Final metta meditation and closing words



Please aim to arrive at 9:30 am in order to register and settle in quietly.



Ajahn Brahmali is kindly coming all the way from Perth to England, to support Anukampa’s work and our new monastery, “Anukampa Grove,” where for the very first time in the UK, women can train towards full monastic ordination as bhikkhunis. There will be an opportunity to donate towards that aim at the retreat in person, or via our website here.


We are extremely fortunate to have three monastics attending this retreat: Ajahn Brahmali, Ven Canda and Ven Upekkha. If you would like to contribute to the costs for the Sangha’s travel expenses you can donate here, you can donate here, reference ‘monastic costs.’


We may be able to offer some financial assistance to those of limited means through our bursary fund.


You are welcome to donate to our bursary fund here.





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All ticket proceeds go toward covering venue hire and other arrangements. We will invite donations towards supporting Britain’s first bhikkhuni monastery “Anukampa Grove,” at the end of the retreat.




Bookings are closed for this event.