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Metta to those affected by Australian Bushfires

Fri, 10 Jan, 2020 - 16:18

Metta to those affected by Australian Bushfires

Fri, 10 Jan, 2020 - 16:18

Here’s a message from Aryajaya, Shubhavyuha and James from Adhisthana (and also Australia) to those affected by the catastrophic bushfires which have been burning in Australia since late October.

Please join in a collective Metta wave in whatever way you can, wherever you are - not just for the loss but for the courage, bravery and dedication of those fighting the fires, rescuing animals and for all the acts of kindness that have been happening.

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parami's picture

thanks for this you three.  at my chapter this morning we had talked about the bushfires and about metta so it was good to see this this afternoon.  such a tragedy.  I will certainly be joining into a wave of solidarity.  Parami

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Like so many others, my heart really goes out to all those affected by these fires, human, animal or other organic form.  

Last Friday at 7 pm there was a 3-minute prayer for rain, asking us to imagine sheets of water deluging down, putting out fires, soaking into the ground, preventing fires spreading, bringing relief.  And rain did come to some of the affected areas.  I’ll be doing this again, every Friday until the end of the bushfire season, praying for rain for the affected areas in Australia.  will you join me? 
Tejasvini 
 

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Thanks so much for posting and for the personal video, so moving to watch.

In our chapter meeting last Monday evening we meditated and sent Metta to all those affected by the fires in Australia. 
 

Sucimani xxx

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Receiving all metta into our sad hearts here in Australia. Many of us have received open hearted responses of care from other sangha members all around the world checking in with us. Sangha in action. 
I saw a drawing recently depicting a group of traditional superheroes, Superman etc, greeting a tired, ash covered Australian volunteer firefighter with a simple caption “welcome to the club.”
These everyday workers have left their office desks, classrooms, businesses, studies, farms, families  etc and have been on the fire frontline for months. You see their tiny forms in media pictures sometimes in the front of monsterous walls of flame, putting their lives at risk to save others. They have collectively saved thousands of homes and lives.  
Some will struggle to ever fully recover from what they have witnessed during this time on the frontline. Some have lost their lives and left small children and family members at home devastated.

I heard a story of a bush apiarist who, when going back into a burnt landscape to check on his hives, took up the offer of help from young student apiarists. However, these students were so traumatised by the ongoing sound of the cries they heard in the bush of the badly burnt animals that were still alive, the beekeeper had to arrange counselling for them after that day and drop the idea of students helping on further trips. 

I am so grateful for my connection with the three jewels at times like this. The dharma gives a cosmic perspective and meditation practices provide welcome support in the face of this immense suffering, without freezing up completely. I hope our government wakes up to the ‘cries of the world‘ so clearly evident from the people in this country protesting on the streets to the devastated animal populations and the blackened bush.

And whilst Australia faces this tragic event I am also very aware of other significant painful events happening around the world. The tonglen practice sharpens the heart to take what we are experiencing and utilise the tenderising of our own hearts to raise our awareness of others in the world also experiencing catastrophic events.  Metta to all those suffering  
In the face of tragedy we still have the amazing resilience and bravery of everyday human beings that definitely fosters hope. So many instances of love, connection, kindness and generosity are also happening in our blackened countryside. 


 

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lovely, thanks Maitripala.  Much love to you

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47 Years of Friendship and Service: Saddhanandi Interviews Sona

Thu, 31 Oct, 2019 - 15:42

47 Years of Friendship and Service: Saddhanandi Interviews Sona

Thu, 31 Oct, 2019 - 15:42

On the 30th October 2019 there was a community practice day at Adhisthana to mark the first anniversary of the death of Sangharakshita, the founder of the Triratna Buddhist community. Sangharakshita spent the last few years of his life at Adhisthana and is now buried there.

During that day Saddhanandi, the chair of Adhisthana, interviewed Sona about his relationship with Sangharakshita. Sona was ordained by Sangharakshita in 1974 and had a long-standing friendship with him.

Recorded at Adhisthana, 30th October 2019....

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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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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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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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Realisation of Metta

Wed, 14 Jun, 2017 - 14:54

Realisation of Metta

Wed, 14 Jun, 2017 - 14:54

True wisdom never rests in itself very long, there is always this movement towards suffering through compassion.

Saddhaloka’s presentation on Metta and Wisdom, where he spoke of the unity 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, with reference to some stories of the Buddha’s life and the teachings of Atisha on sunyatakarunagarbha.

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The Wise Have No Cause To Find Fault: Blazing in the Fires of Sunyata

Tue, 13 Jun, 2017 - 21:07

The Wise Have No Cause To Find Fault: Blazing in the Fires of Sunyata

Tue, 13 Jun, 2017 - 21:07

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

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...

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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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What is Metta?: Blazing in the Fires of Sunyata

Sun, 11 Jun, 2017 - 08:10

What is Metta?: Blazing in the Fires of Sunyata

Sun, 11 Jun, 2017 - 08:10

The one who abides in love, and puts their faith in the teaching of the Buddha, will win through to the state of calm and blissful release.

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

Saccanama evokes 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...

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Talks from the Women's Area Order Weekend, March 2016: Money, Work, Power

Wed, 9 Mar, 2016 - 16:39

Talks from the Women's Area Order Weekend, March 2016: Money, Work, Power

Wed, 9 Mar, 2016 - 16:39

Here’s a link to the full playlist of talks from the women’s area order weekend in March 2016, on the theme of Money, Work and Power: https://vimeo.com/album/3841728

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