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Imagine! Notes from Sangha Night Series

Sun, 19 Feb, 2017 - 18:51

Satyalila’s notes from a series of talks on imagination, January 2017

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Day 7: Guided Brahma Viharas Meditation (With Notes on Bhavana)

Sat, 11 Apr, 2015 - 20:27

Ratnavandana introduces and guides us through a composite practice of all four Brahma Viharas at once - loving kindness, compassion, sympathetic joy, equanimity.

She sets the scene perfectly with an introduction to the notion of cultivation/development within the context of a Buddhist spiritual life, showing how each of these qualities may be called forth whenever needed in the face of our experience, just as the flower is called forth from the seed in springtime.

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Day 7: Introductions, Inspirations and Mantra

Sat, 11 Apr, 2015 - 20:12

A selection of beautiful lead-ins to meditation from Day 7 of the Rainy Season Retreat from Spring 2015 which took place in Bristol and around the world online!

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Day 6: A Puja To Ratnasambhava

Tue, 24 Mar, 2015 - 22:46

Rounding off day 6 of Living In The Mandala we have another puja that steers to the deep when it comes to evoking the guardian Buddha of the moment, in this case Ratnasambhava - the Jewel-Born, archetypal Buddha of abundance, spiritual riches and the South… 

Complete with flute-accompanied mantra!

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Day 6: Guided Upekkha Bhavana Meditation (Cultivation of Equanimity)

Sun, 22 Mar, 2015 - 18:59
Ratnavandana introduces and guides us through the practice of cultivating equanimity. Not a cool, detached state but a deep warm engagement with the practice of love, compassion and joy held in the perspective of the Buddha’s insights into the nature of reality itself…

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Day 6: Guided Meditation - Sitting In The Mandala (With Ratnasambhava Mantra)

Sun, 22 Mar, 2015 - 15:31
Ratnavandana introducing Day 6 of the urban retreat on the Brahma Viharas - Living In The Mandala. Today we’re sitting with the great golden Buddha of the South, archetypal Buddha of abundance and spiritual richness. A good way to start things off…

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Day 5: A Puja To Amoghasiddhi

Sat, 21 Mar, 2015 - 18:18
A strong, stirring puja dedicated to Amoghasiddhi, the archetypal, unstoppable green Buddha of the North. This ritual features dedicated sections and readings that call forth Amoghasiddhi’s great qualities of fearlessness as well as the magical realm he inhabits. We are also treated to words enjoining us to practise empathy and sympathetic joy (mudita) in all our relationship. This puja includes some beautiful mantra chanting and lovely verses to Green Tara, Amoghasiddhi’s consort, used to help face and overcome our fears…...
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Day 5: Guided Mudita Bhavana Meditation (Cultivation of Sympathetic Joy)

Thu, 19 Mar, 2015 - 23:11
Ratnavandana again with an inspiring take on the third Brahma Vihara - mudita (sympathetic joy), which she renders as a “joyful resonance”. Her central image is of the lark ascending, the music of its song, and the possibilities for joy within us if we choose them…

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Day 5: Guided Meditation - Sitting In The Mandala (With Amoghasiddhi Mantra)

Thu, 19 Mar, 2015 - 19:20
On Day 5 of the Rainy Season Retreat, Ratnavandana again encourages us to begin by orientating ourselves in the mandala. Today we’re bearing in mind Amoghasiddhi, the fearless Buddha of the North!

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Day 4: A Puja To Amitabha

Thu, 19 Mar, 2015 - 18:23
Karunavapi leads a rather beautiful puja to Amitabha, the archetypal Buddha of the west, red with the love and light of compassion. Featuring some excellent readings!

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