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Spiritual Receptivity Retreat With Vessantara (Adhisthana 2017) - Complete Retreat Recordings

From Buddhist Centre Features on Mon, 30 Oct, 2017 - 14:21

In August 2017 at Adhisthana, Vessantara continued his exploration of our mandala of spiritual practice with a second, deeper look at Spiritual Receptivity. This retreat focused on Just Sitting, a practice in which we’re open to the whole of our experience which forms a vital balance to structured practice, and is also the centre of the meditative mandala, where everything culminates in an experience which Sangharakshita describes as ‘existential relaxation’.

In this series of sessions, Vessantara weaves input around guided...

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A Cloud of Worship: the Manjughosa Stuti Sadhana retreat at Adhisthana

Thu, 14 Sep, 2017 - 18:20

A Cloud of Worship: the Manjughosa Stuti Sadhana retreat at Adhisthana

Thu, 14 Sep, 2017 - 18:20

About 60 Order Members gathered at Adhisthana last week for a retreat on the Manjughosa Stuti Sadhana, spending each day moving through the system of practice and building up the Sadhana. Each afternoon in the Sangharakshita Library, before the image of Manjughosa that presides there, Subhuti gave a talk articulating six different aspects of the unfolding drama of the Sadhana, which correspond to the stages of the system of practice - Reverence, Solidarity, Wise Attention, The Illumined Image, Dwelling in Reality + Dedication.

It was...

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Men's Dharma Life Training Course 2018

Wed, 19 Jul, 2017 - 14:13

Men's Dharma Life Training Course 2018

Wed, 19 Jul, 2017 - 14:13

Adhisthana Dharma-Life Training Course for Men

04/03/2018 to 03/08/2018

The course aims to give you a thorough grounding in the principles and practice of Triratna Buddhism and you will have the opportunity to live an intense and full-time Dharma life for 5 months. It will be fully residential, and you will be living in a designated community space at Adhisthana. Community living is an...

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The Ethical Foundations of Metta: Blazing in the Fires of Sunyata

Sun, 11 Jun, 2017 - 17:43

The Ethical Foundations of Metta: Blazing in the Fires of Sunyata

Sun, 11 Jun, 2017 - 17:43

The second presentation on the Blazing in the Fires of Sunyata retreat, held at Adhisthana in 2017, on the theme of Metta and Bodhicitta.

Dhammarati takes us through the ethical foundations of Metta expressed in the Karaniya Metta Sutta, drawing out their relationship with attha, or ‘the good’. Following a quote from James Hillman: 

Purpose in our lives doesn’t usually appear as a clearly framed goal, it appears more likely as a troubling unclear urge coupled with a sense of dutiful importance. This sense...

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Willingly Inviting Ruin: Blazing in the Fires of Sunyata

Fri, 16 Jun, 2017 - 16:51

Willingly Inviting Ruin: Blazing in the Fires of Sunyata

Fri, 16 Jun, 2017 - 16:51

Lokeshvara speaks of the culmination of metta in Equanimity, and describes two ways of seeing Upekkha – as the outward radiation of goodwill that makes no distinction between living beings; and as the inner attitude of complete equanimity as life flows in, the attitude when abandoning the welcoming and rebelling of the worldly winds.

He expresses very personally, and insightfully, his own practice of developing this second aspect of equanimity, as a practice of ‘willingly inviting ruin”, referring to this poem by...

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Goodbye from Blazing in the Fires of Sunyata

Fri, 16 Jun, 2017 - 19:00

Goodbye from Blazing in the Fires of Sunyata

Fri, 16 Jun, 2017 - 19:00

This is the last post from the week’s retreat on Blazing in the Fires of Sunyata. Thank you for following! It’s been very satisfying to know that we’re reaching some more people around the world and sharing some glimpses and content from what’s happening at Adhisthana. 

You can find all of the posts and presentations from the week here.

We’ll be doing the same again from the Manjughosa Stuti Sadhana retreat later on in the year; and...

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The Luminous: Blazing in the Fires of Sunyata

Thu, 15 Jun, 2017 - 23:46

The Luminous: Blazing in the Fires of Sunyata

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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