Just to say I stopped my involvement with Kadampa when they started asking for money to pay off some loans. Also I found it offputting that they believe in lots of different buddhas which, when you get deeper into it, they seem to treat more like Gods to be worshipped - which is not really what I wanted my experience of Buddhism to be about.
Thanks for your reply. Ignore my change of username, I'm the same person! I'm not entirely sure, I was told that it was like a cult. I didn't ask any questions and did some digging around and found lots of people saying they were pressured into donating money and similar things. I'd love for them to be wrong, because my nearest monastery is Kadampa, a 7 mile bike ride away which would be ideal.
I follow Theravada Buddhism, well I used to, lately I've let it slip and am not as happy as a consequence. I know what I need to do to rectify this, but I wanted to ask peoples' experience of Buddhist retreats. I'd love to attend a weekend or perhaps even a week long one, but I've never even been to a monastery (aside from coffee outside a Kadampa monastery and I was warned to stay away from that school).
The few Theravada monasteries in the UK seem to have huge waiting lists, and not being able to drive is an issue. Would I still benefit from attending a monastery of a different school?
Many thanks, and look forward to reading your different experiences.