Buddhism, as commonly encountered, is monastically based – and thus not naturally aligned to contemporary culture. There is a growing need therefore, to establish a venue for receiving instruction that supports living within mainstream society. To that end, this lineage draws on the history of the 84 Tantric Adepts, amongst whom there was an entrepreneur, merchant, farmer, cattle drover, fisherman, weaver, restaurateur, raconteur, launderer, dancer, poet, musician, athlete, refuse collector, king, and soldier: people from every walk of society. Each one achieved the highest accomplishment.
The need to provide a facility where people can obtain inspiration without removing themselves from the world is clear. We are therefore looking to establish Drala Jong – a retreat centre in Wales where people can study with teachers, most of whom are married couples with children. Individuals will then be able to practise what they have assimilated – and return to their lives refreshed and invigorated. Open teaching retreats at Drala Jong will include guidance in systems of meditation, yogic song and music, physical yogas, romantic relationship – and, in the spiritual dimension of dance, art, and craft.