FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
WHO ARE WE?
We're all members of the Triratna Buddhist Order and part of the Triratna Buddhist Community - one of the largest Buddhist communities in the West, with a special emphasis on bringing together Buddhist teachings and Western culture. Check our main website www.thebuddhistcentre.com for more details.
HOW DID WE COME TO BUY ALFOXTON?
Our major donor has a long childhood connection with Alfoxton due to spending many many summer holidays at Top Cottage. On learning it was derelict, he conceived the idea to buy it, renovate it, and give it a new lease of life and purpose.
what are our plans for the building?
We plan (subject to obtaining all necessary permissions etc) to carry out necessary repairs to the fabric of the building and then make some minor alterations to make it suitable for use as a Buddhist retreat centre. It presently has planning permission as a hotel; a retreat centre is rather like a hotel with very quiet guests!
DO YOU NEED TO BE A BUDDHIST TO PARTICIPATE ON THE RETREATS?
Although we’re a Buddhist retreat centre, you don’t need to be a Buddhist to participate on our retreats. Most of our retreats require no specific level of experience, those who do will specify the requirements in their descriptions.
technology, alcohol and drugs DURING THE RETREATS
All of our events are alcohol and drug free. During the meditation retreats we ask you to turn off your mobile phones and other devices and not contact people outside of the retreat. For all the others we ask you to be mindful of the use of these devices and be present to make the most of the retreat and interactions.
IS THERE A MINIMUM AGE TO PARTICIPATE ON THE RETREATS?
Please get in touch if you or anyone you're booking for is under the age of 18.
HOW CAN LOCALS GET INVOLVED?
We'd love to meet you and learn more about this beautiful set of buildings and land. Please come and find us on site, or email or telephone any time (details below). We'd be happy to answer any questions you might have and would love (coronavirus permitting) to organise one or more tours of the interior once our plans for it are clearer.