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Support Suvajra to bring Bhante's vision to Adhisthana

Mon, 15 May, 2023 - 16:00

Support Suvajra to bring Bhante's vision to Adhisthana

Mon, 15 May, 2023 - 16:00

In 1949 Bhante’s vision in the Virupaksha Guha cave was life-changing. His vision of Amitabha holding the lotus convinced him that it was time to seek formal ordination and join the lineage of the Buddha.

Help Suvajra bring Bhante’s vision to Adhisthana and share this project with your friends: Honouring Bhante

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Day 6: Summoning the World to Buddhahood

Thu, 23 Mar, 2023 - 20:44

Day 6: Summoning the World to Buddhahood

Thu, 23 Mar, 2023 - 20:44

Today we arrive at Chapter 9 – The Perfection of Understanding. This is the penultimate chapter covering the final paramita of Wisdom.

The first verse lays out the central importance of this as the culmination of all that has come previously in the Bodhicaryavatara:

It is for the sake of understanding that the Sage taught this entire collection of preparations. Therefore, in the desire to put an end to suffering, one should develop understanding.

‘Understanding’ here of course means the profoundest wisdom that sees into the...

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Day 5: Summoning the World to Buddhahood

Thu, 23 Mar, 2023 - 09:42

Day 5: Summoning the World to Buddhahood

Thu, 23 Mar, 2023 - 09:42

Today we moved on to Chapter 8 – The Perfection of Meditative Absorption. This is the longest chapter in the Bodhicaryavatara and has two main themes:

  • The importance of renunciation of craving and attachment if one is to achieve any sense of calm and stability in meditation
  • The exchange of self and other as a profound meditation to overcome self-clinging and cultivate the Awakening Mind

After hearing the verses (where Santideva doesn’t disappoint in his direct, challenging, even shocking language), we heard a wonderful talk from...

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Day 4: Summoning the World to Buddhahood

Tue, 21 Mar, 2023 - 22:06

Day 4: Summoning the World to Buddhahood

Tue, 21 Mar, 2023 - 22:06

After hearing all about patient forbearance yesterday, today’s theme is vigour (Virya-paramita). This is variously translated by different scholars as: Energy in the Pursuit of the Good (Bhante), Vigour, Strength and Enthusiasm.

Today Saddhaloka gave a wonderful commentary on this chapter after we’d listened to all the verses read aloud. In his quiet, deep way he embodied the vigour that we all need to bring to our practice. He’s had a twinkle about him all week and his talk contained both twinkle...

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Day 3: Summoning the World to Buddhahood

Mon, 20 Mar, 2023 - 22:55

Day 3: Summoning the World to Buddhahood

Mon, 20 Mar, 2023 - 22:55

Day 3

Day three brings us to chapter 6: The Perfection of Forbearance.

After introducing the perfections of Generosity (Dana) and Ethics (Sila) yesterday in chapter 5, today we moved onto the Perfection of Forbearance (Ksanti).

Following our daily format, we listened to the text at 10.30 before Saddhanandi gave an excellent and clear commentary drawing on Shantideva’s words, Bhante’s teaching and her own experience of this aspect of practice.

She unpacked how Shantideva looks at forbearance in three main ways: forbearance towards suffering (verses 11-21), forbearance as...

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Day 2: Summoning the World to Buddhahood

Sun, 19 Mar, 2023 - 21:59

Day 2: Summoning the World to Buddhahood

Sun, 19 Mar, 2023 - 21:59

Today we moved to chapter 5: The Guarding of Awareness.

At 10.30 we listened to all 109 verses of this chapter on mindfulness before hearing a commentary from Nagabodhi.

There is something remarkable about listening to Dharma being read out loud. When I lived at Taraloka in the 90s we sometimes recited texts all night! I learned then that there is an art to listening to Dharma texts. The mind goes through many phases as the words relentlessly go on and on - and...

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Day 1: Summoning the World to Buddhahood

Sat, 18 Mar, 2023 - 20:43

Day 1: Summoning the World to Buddhahood

Sat, 18 Mar, 2023 - 20:43

It is beautiful to have the privilege to practice with this wonderful group on the ‘Summoning the World to Buddhahood’ retreat at Adhisthana. We gathered for the first session last night in the shrine room with others joining us online. We went around and introduced ourselves and it was powerful to hear everyone’s connection with the Bodhicaryavatara – for many a much loved and seminal text.

I recalled my first encounter with the text in 1987 when Nagabodhi led a weekend on...

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What the World Needs Now: Triratna’s Gift

From Community Highlights on Thu, 20 Jan, 2022 - 17:19

What the World Needs Now: Triratna’s Gift

From Community Highlights on Thu, 20 Jan, 2022 - 17:19

Saturday, April 9 2022

Triratna Day 2022 will focus on our contribution to the world: a vision of truth, communicated in a culture of kalyana mitrata (“beautiful friendship”), for the benefit of all. The day will be an experience of that, especially of being part of a global network of friendships for the good.

We’ll have four events—meditation, talk, a seminar and a puja—hosted from Adhisthana, Berlin, and the Americas. Translation will be available for some sessions. And our symbol will be Bhante Sangharakshita’s...

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The Central Buddhist Act: Catch-Up

From College of Public Preceptors on Wed, 17 Nov, 2021 - 19:18

The Central Buddhist Act: Catch-Up

From College of Public Preceptors on Wed, 17 Nov, 2021 - 19:18

During the annual international meeting of the College of Public Preceptors in November 2021, we invited all Order Members and those training for Ordination into our Order to join us for an online event exploring the significance of ordination within the Triratna Buddhist Order.

Hosted by Vajrajyoti, from New Zealand, and Maitreyabandhu from the UK, the event included three short talks from Padmavajra, Vajratara and Ratnavyuha, on the central Buddhist act of Going for Refuge, and we also heard three inspiring...

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The Precepts of Atisha

Tue, 11 May, 2021 - 10:00

The Precepts of Atisha

Tue, 11 May, 2021 - 10:00

The precept of the Lama is more important than scriptures and commentaries.

- Atiśa

In the early days of the Order, Sangharakshita held a seminar on a book called The Door of Liberation, which consisted of seven Tibetan texts, translated under the auspices of Geshe Wangyal. The Kadamthorbu was one of those.

The text consists of dialogues between Atiśa and his closest disciples, especially with his principal disciple, the layman Dromtönpa, who later founded the Kadam school. It’s an informal exposition of how to live as...