Embodying the Paramis (perfections) online retreat

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In Early Buddhism, ten paramis are described: generosity, virtue, renunciation, wisdom, energy, patience, truthfulness, determination, friendliness, and equanimity. On this retreat we’ll explore the cultivation of these qualities in our everyday lives and consider how they can be expressed in our formal meditation practice. There will be reflections on how we can see the paramis as fruits of our practice, and also as qualities to be intentionally developed.

This online retreat offers an opportunity to bring intensive practice into our home environment. The paramis will provide a framework for responding to the challenges that arise as we practice at home. There will be dharma talks, meditation instructions, guided practices, as well as an opportunity to meet in small groups. There will also be short periods of gentle mindful movements, which can be adapted.

You can watch a brief introduction to the theme and format of the retreat in a video with Jake Dartington here.

Event Details


There will be four online sessions per day.

9.30-10.45 Morning instructions and practice
12.30-1.00 Guided sitting meditation
3.00-3.45 Movement and sitting
7.30-8.30 Dharma talk and concluding practice

All times are Central European Summer Time (CEST)

Outside of these sessions, participants will be encouraged to find ways to continue being on retreat in a way that suits their setting.


Open to all - new and experienced practitioners alike


  • This course is offered on a fee basis to cover Bodhi College's overhead costs.
  • The fee does not contribute towards the livelihood of our teachers. You will be invited to offer teacher dana at the end of the course.
  • If you are unable to afford the rate please let us know. We will make sure that no one is turned away because of lack of funds.


JAKE DARTINGTON has practised Buddhist meditation since 1995. After training as a Dharma teacher with Christina Feldman, he started teaching in 2007. He has a background in Philosophy and Buddhist Studies and has trained as a teacher of MBSR/MBCT. Jake lives in Nottingham where he teaches mindfulness and Insight Meditation.