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The Luminous: Blazing in the Fires of Sunyata

Posted by akasajoti on Thu, 15 Jun, 2017 - 23:46

The Luminous: Blazing in the Fires of Sunyata

Posted by akasajoti on Thu, 15 Jun, 2017 - 23:46

There has been so much beauty today that I can’t do justice to, and wish I could. Such a high quality of communication between us all in our last discussion group, sensitive, alive and mirror-like to one another; sitting in our closing circle this evening, hearing each person rejoice and share what they had enjoyed and benefitted from during the retreat; the final Bodhicitta mantra in perfect harmony. A lotus-bed of many beings growing towards the light in our own...

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As Long As Space Abides...: Blazing in the Fires of Sunyata

Posted by akasajoti on Thu, 15 Jun, 2017 - 00:07

As Long As Space Abides...: Blazing in the Fires of Sunyata

Posted by akasajoti on Thu, 15 Jun, 2017 - 00:07

We’ve been in silence together today and followed a more meditative programme, absorbing the rich input of the last days. It’s as if an atmosphere of gentleness, quiet, and ease has pervaded Adhisthana, which seems unlikely in the midst of a landscaping project and a busy, living and working community; but it is so. There’s been the usual exchange of cheeky smiles, and I’ve enjoyed seeing people sitting and moving around the site absorbed in their own reflections. This practice...

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The Essence of Wisdom and Compassion: Blazing in the Fires of Sunyata

Posted by akasajoti on Tue, 13 Jun, 2017 - 23:16

The Essence of Wisdom and Compassion: Blazing in the Fires of Sunyata

Posted by akasajoti on Tue, 13 Jun, 2017 - 23:16

The theme of today has been the connection between metta and wisdom - the realisation of metta. Saddhaloka gave a presentation this morning where he spoke of the dual aspects of the path – samata and vipassana, wisdom and compassion, merit and insight – and described how they are really a part of a single process. There is an aspect of seeing into the truth of things, where ultimately there is no knower, or known, or act of knowing, just...

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Sustained by Spiritual Friends: Blazing in the Fires of Sunyata

Posted by akasajoti on Mon, 12 Jun, 2017 - 22:35

Sustained by Spiritual Friends: Blazing in the Fires of Sunyata

Posted by akasajoti on Mon, 12 Jun, 2017 - 22:35

Today, Parami presented Hri and Apatrapya, the two Lokapalas, unfolding a single line in the Karaniya Metta Sutta: “One should not pursue the slightest thing for which other wise men might censure them.” Both Hri and Apatrapya express a positive sense of remorse and regret, one in relation to our own inner ethical sensitivity, the other in relation to the ethical sensitivity we aspire to embodied by our spiritual friends and teachers. They are the guardians of our Dharma Life,...

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Love of the Good: Blazing in the Fires of Sunyata

Posted by akasajoti on Sun, 11 Jun, 2017 - 23:12

Love of the Good: Blazing in the Fires of Sunyata

Posted by akasajoti on Sun, 11 Jun, 2017 - 23:12

“A common misapprehension is to think of Insight and egolessness in abstract, even metaphysical, terms rather than as comprising concretely-lived attitudes and behaviour. But realising the truth of egolessness simply means being truly and deeply unselfish. To contemplate the principle of egolessness as some special principle that is somehow separate from our actual behaviour will leave it as far away as ever. If we find it difficult to realise the ultimate emptiness of the self - the solution is to...

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The Great Secret of Morals is Love: Blazing in the Fires of Sunyata

Posted by akasajoti on Sat, 10 Jun, 2017 - 22:33

The Great Secret of Morals is Love: Blazing in the Fires of Sunyata

Posted by akasajoti on Sat, 10 Jun, 2017 - 22:33

We close the first full day chanting Sabbe Satta Sukhi Hontu after an evening of radiating metta and practising the Seven-Fold Puja together, dedicating the merits of a days study, discussion, meditation and ritual.

Earlier today, in his presentation, Saccanama evoked Metta through a variety of canonical and poetic sources, referring to the seminars which Bhante led on the Karaniya Metta Sutta, edited in Living with Kindness, as well as various suttas from the Pali Canon. He described the crucial place of...

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Telling Stories: Blazing in the Fires of Sunyata

Posted by akasajoti on Fri, 9 Jun, 2017 - 22:39

Telling Stories: Blazing in the Fires of Sunyata

Posted by akasajoti on Fri, 9 Jun, 2017 - 22:39

I want to begin to experiment with telling the stories of some of the events happening at Adhisthana – I want Adhisthana to be able to reach out all over the Triratna world across oceans and borders, and I want it to be a source of inspiration and positivity in the world and in this community. So over this week I’ll be on a retreat on the theme of Metta and Bodhicitta, and will try to tell you the story...

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Amla Sheel: India to Adhisthana - Please Give Now

Posted by akasajoti on Tue, 11 Apr, 2017 - 16:44

Amla Sheel: India to Adhisthana - Please Give Now

Posted by akasajoti on Tue, 11 Apr, 2017 - 16:44

Please give now to support Sheel Amla, a young mitra in India, attend the next women’s Dharma Life course at Adhisthana… Pass it on, and share with friends and at your Buddhist Centres around the world to help us reach our target of £1500.

https://www.gofundme.com/amlasheel

Subhuti spoke of her in his recent Triratna Day talk, and described her as having an outstanding sense of gratitude. He continued to read out a message from her where she says: 

“Hello,
I wish you a very...

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Triratna50 at Adhisthana 8th & 9th April

Posted by Matthew@Adhisthana on Sun, 2 Apr, 2017 - 14:59

Triratna50 at Adhisthana 8th & 9th April

Posted by Matthew@Adhisthana on Sun, 2 Apr, 2017 - 14:59

Triratna50 at Adhisthana: we will be celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Triratna Buddhist Community with an event over the weekend of the 8th and 9th of April.

There will be a mixture of talks, a workshop, a panel discussion with older and younger generations, Desert Island Discs, ritual, meditation, a new exhibition in the Sangharakshita Library and more.

This is the programme for the weekend:

Saturday

07.00 Double meditation sit

08.45 Breakfast

10.00 Cross-generational Conversation: chaired by Parami, with Nagabodhi, Manjuvajra, Prajnaketu, Akasajoti, Kusaladevi + the men’s...

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