From 4 March - 22 April we are running an online course on the Heart Sutra for Order Members. Each week you will receive videos via email, and there will be two live sessions with Vessantara, 25 March and 22 April.
It has been a lovely start to the year already. The European Chairs Assembly came for their winter meeting, and it was a great way to kick off 2024; their clear up left the place spotless and you can usually find Maitridevi and a few others playing Bananagrams after dinner (and learn some new words; atavist and quinquereme anyone?).
In community news, Caroline will be going to Akasavana this year and will be ordained by Aryajaya – we look forward to...
One day a devotee asked why it was that, while so many embarked on the spiritual life, so few seemed to make real progress. Ramdas’s reply was unequivocal. They failed to make any real progress for two reasons, he said. Firstly, because they have no clear idea of the goal they wished to reach. Secondly, because they have no clear idea of how to get there.
From the young Sangharakshita’s account of his visit to Ramdas at Anandashram in South India during...
27 August – 17 December 2024 Applications due Friday 1 March 2024
A four-month residential course providing you with an opportunity to live an intensive dharma life: living, practising, studying, and working together within the context of Adhisthana.
Over 16 weeks you’ll receive a grounding in the principles and practice of Triratna Buddhism through retreats, study with experienced teachers and communal living. You’ll also participate in the life of the wider Adhisthana sangha: meditating together, performing ritual, developing kalyana mitrata and joining in with...
It can effect your dream life, it can effect your meditation, it can effect your life. If you really enter into the imaginative, dream world of the Lotus Sutra, it starts to affect how you experience the world around you.
Ratnaghosha on the White Lotus Sutra.
A practice-focused retreat at Adhisthana, available in person and online.
Starting from January 2024, we are introducing a slight adjustment to our wifi accessibility during retreats. We want to create a more retreat-like atmosphere for those coming here, and so will be restricting general access to the wifi for retreatants.
Anyone attending a meeting here will still have access, as well as guests who are not here on a specific retreat. If you have a specific need for internet access during a retreat you are attending here, you can discuss it with...
How do you find out what is the case? Consider the criteria of the Kalama Sutta in which the Buddha provides a list of what he regards as unreliable sources of knowledge or advice:
something asserted repeatedly
getting carried away by a view that you identify with
indulgence in the pleasure of speculation
a person who makes a plausible impression
your respect for a spiritual teacher
None of these are reliable sources of knowledge. Instead, he says, ‘when you know of yourselves that these teachings are skilful, blameless, recommended by sensible people [viññugarahitā], and that followed through and...