Buddhafield is a collaboration of Buddhists involved with the Triratna Buddhist Community: some of us are members of the Triratna Buddhist Order. We live all over the UK, but we run a programme of camping activities in the South of England, focused around the teaching and practice of Buddhism and Buddhist meditation. We are perhaps best known for organising our own Festival and for the Buddhafield Cafe, which goes to festivals and fairs like Glastonbury, Sunrise and The Green Gathering. As well as this, we run an annual programme of meditation retreat camps and we cultivate on our own land.
The concept of a “Buddhafield”, or of “Buddhafields”, originates in the Mahayana Buddhist Sutras. In these Sutras, Buddhafields are planes of perfect beauty created by the compassionate action of a Buddha. As such they are an environment in which all conditions are perfectly conducive to spiritual practice and in which to gain Enlightenment.
Each year Buddhafield adopts a theme. For 2023 we are exploring Liberation through Imagination.
The Buddhafield Values
Care for Land and Ecology
Land is integral to Buddhafield – it’s where we connect to the elements, strip away our complex lives and live simply, together. Our events take place outdoors and under canvas, embracing a joyful existence in the natural world.
In a community we find others and we find ourselves. The beauty and challenge of relationships are opportunities for generosity, forgiveness and bravery. These are the qualities that move us beyond our self-centredness.
Buddhafield offers opportunities for people to work in teams while creating our events and looking after land and kit. Meeting the challenge of working together outdoors in all weathers develops skills, confidence and an ability to collaborate. The bonding and shared purpose dissolve the sense of isolation felt by many.
Celebration of Imagination and Creativity
There are qualities that have drifted to the edge of our daily lives as if they are not robust enough for the serious business of today’s world. At Buddhafield, we seek to re-centre qualities like imagination and creativity that go hand in hand with renewal and regeneration.
The Buddhafield Mandate System
Buddhafield organises its work using a Mandate system. Each area of work is separated out and devolved responsibility for decision-making is given to a Mandate Holder has a 'resource group' of people with whom they consult about decisions. We currently have more than twenty Mandates. More about how this works, and who the current Mandates Holders are on the Mandate system page.
Buddhafield is committed to inclusivity - find out more about our Inclusivity Team.