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Day 6: Pathways to a Beautiful Mind

Thu, 2 May, 2019 - 15:49

Day 6: Pathways to a Beautiful Mind

Thu, 2 May, 2019 - 15:49

Day 6 - the final day! The 2019 Rains Retreat is now over. Here are some final photos - Bhadra, the Chair of the Bristol Buddhist Centre, thanking and rejoicing in Vajradevi, and then the inevitable dismantling of the shrine and farewells.

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Early Morning Meditation Session

Exploring Our Momentum with Mindfulness + Closing Ritual

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Day 5: Pathways to a Beautiful Mind

Thu, 2 May, 2019 - 11:31

Day 5: Pathways to a Beautiful Mind

Thu, 2 May, 2019 - 11:31

Day five - the last full day - of our Bristol Rains Retreat 2019 saw us beginning with a led meditation in which we were watching our minds, including noticing how awareness arises with the object of awareness.  Vajradevi followed this with a full exploration of the poison of moha (delusion), which she described as the most illusive of the three poisons.  We looked a bit more at how we can use our sense faculties...

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Day 4: Pathways to a Beautiful Mind

Wed, 1 May, 2019 - 12:27

Day 4: Pathways to a Beautiful Mind

Wed, 1 May, 2019 - 12:27

The morning of the fourth day of our rains retreat saw us diving into the ‘dangerous neighbourhood’ of our minds where the kleshas (poisons) hang out. With Vajradevi as a fearless guide, we explored both aversion and craving. With a skilful use of personal examples, she helped us venture into the territory with the companionship of mindfulness, helping us to distinguish the ‘knowing mind’ from the ‘known mind’.

Our afternoon session was devoted to exploring two very different...

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Day 3: Pathways to a Beautiful Mind

Tue, 30 Apr, 2019 - 12:24

Day 3: Pathways to a Beautiful Mind

Tue, 30 Apr, 2019 - 12:24

On the third full day of the Bristol Rains Retreat Vajradevi continued the exploration of mindfulness with a talk on working with thinking, followed by a sitting meditation  in which we became aware of ‘thoughts as thoughts’ by the practice of gently ‘labelling’ what arose.  After tea, a led walking meditation provided the opportunity to carry that ‘thread of mindfulness’ from sitting into walking; this was followed by the exploration of ‘mood’ as a major conditioning factor of our experience...

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Day 2: Pathways to a Beautiful Mind

Mon, 29 Apr, 2019 - 12:40

Day 2: Pathways to a Beautiful Mind

Mon, 29 Apr, 2019 - 12:40

In this second full day of our rains retreat on the Satipatthana Vajradevi explored the faculties of wisdom (prajna or panna)  and energy (viriya) in relation to mindfulness.  In the morning about 40 of us took part in a (very mindful!) led walking meditation round the shrineroom. 

During the day there were also opportunities to do the ‘sofa practice’! This a Bristol invention…  a term Khemajoti coined on one of our early Rains retreats 5-6 years ago when Lisa, a...

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Day 1: Pathways to a Beautiful Mind

Sun, 28 Apr, 2019 - 09:31

Day 1: Pathways to a Beautiful Mind

Sun, 28 Apr, 2019 - 09:31

Our Bristol Rains Retreat 2019 had a rich first day with about 40 Order Members and Mitras taking part through the day.  Vajradevi gave us a great overview of mindfulness and awareness and skilfully wove what she’s learned of the practice in Burma with Bhante Sangharakshita’s teachings on the five spiritual faculties (drawing on the Essential Sangharakshita, What is the Dharma? and A Survey of Buddhism.)

In the evening we had a 45-minute Mindfulness of Breathing followed by the...

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Mandala of Practice - a Map For the Journey

Sat, 20 Jan, 2018 - 00:00
The five aspects of the Dharma life described by the Triranta system of practice can be mapped in a mandala. Jvalamalini gives some directions for the journey in this talk to start Bristol Buddhist Centre's 2018 theme.
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Mandalas: Mythic and Personal

Mon, 15 Jan, 2018 - 00:00
At the start of our year at Bristol Buddhist Centre on the system of practice, Karunavapi talks of Mandalas as patterns of the unenlightened and enlightened mind. 'Personal mandalas' as the patterning of our own, unenlightened minds and the Five Buddha Mandala as the pattern of the Buddha's enlightened mind. To appreciate the qualities of the Buddha, we can see them like light through a prism splitting into the colours of the five Buddhas of the Mandala.
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Bristol Triratna Young Buddhists

Thu, 14 Dec, 2017 - 12:57

Bristol Triratna Young Buddhists (group)

Thu, 14 Dec, 2017 - 12:57

Bristol Triratna Young Buddhists

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The Fire Sermon

Thu, 16 Nov, 2017 - 00:00
Dhivan's fourth and final talk of his series at the Bristol Buddhist Centre on Pali suttas concerns the Fire Sermon or The ?dittapariy?ya Sutta, and includes reference to T.S.Eliot's The Waste Land.
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