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'I'm black, I'm white, I'm Jewish, I'm Buddhist" - Advayamati's reflections on 'Black Lives Matter'

Sun, 14 Jun, 2020 - 09:30

'I'm black, I'm white, I'm Jewish, I'm Buddhist" - Advayamati's reflections on 'Black Lives Matter'

Sun, 14 Jun, 2020 - 09:30

Reflecting on the Black Lives Matter events, Advayamati gave this talk at the Bristol Buddhist Centre Sangha Night on Tuesday 9 June, two days after the statue of 17th Century slave trader Edward Colston was pulled down in Bristol.  

This protest was part of an international response to the death of George Floyd in the USA.  

Advayamati ‘tells it straight, with warmth and humour’,  as a man of mixed race (‘I’m black, I’m white, I’m Jewish, I’m...

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Day 5: Spiritual Receptivity - Final Day - Bristol Rains Retreat 2020: 'The Dynamic Mandala'

Thu, 2 Apr, 2020 - 18:51

Day 5: Spiritual Receptivity - Final Day - Bristol Rains Retreat 2020: 'The Dynamic Mandala'

Thu, 2 Apr, 2020 - 18:51

The fifth, and concluding, day of our Virtual Rains Retreat with Tejananda saw us exploring the Receptivity or ‘just sitting’ aspect of the System of Practice, seen as a ‘Dynamic Mandala’.  Tejananda introduced this aspect of practice as a transition from a ‘fabricated’ to an ‘unfabricated’ approach. 

In a period of meditation practice we had an ‘experiential resume’ of the material from the previous four days. Questions and observations followed, including how to work creatively with a ‘frozen heart’ and working with...

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Day 4: Spiritual Rebirth - Bristol Rains Retreat 2020: 'The Dynamic Mandala'

Wed, 1 Apr, 2020 - 18:08

Day 4: Spiritual Rebirth - Bristol Rains Retreat 2020: 'The Dynamic Mandala'

Wed, 1 Apr, 2020 - 18:08

Day Four of our Virtual Rains Retreat in Bristol with Tejananda and there were still about 50 of us logging on, this time to explore the aspect of Spiritual Rebirth in the ‘Dynamic Mandala’ presentation of the System of Practice.  Tejananda began with some reflections on the benefits of the ‘principial’ nature of the system of practice - especially the flexibility of application which it offers.  This retreat is working with these principles in a somatic way, ie with the...

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Day 3: Spiritual Death - Bristol Rains Retreat 2020: 'The Dynamic Mandala'

Tue, 31 Mar, 2020 - 16:55

Day 3: Spiritual Death - Bristol Rains Retreat 2020: 'The Dynamic Mandala'

Tue, 31 Mar, 2020 - 16:55

Day three of our Virtual Rains Retreat in Bristol with Tejananda saw about 50 of us exploring the aspect of Spiritual Death, through the ‘Dynamic Mandala’. Tejananda re-emphasised the fact that we can’t meditate unless we are able to know this sense of being embodied. He talked more about the value of engaging with our actual bodily sensations through which we may discover that soma or the ‘cloud’ of sensations of the body are less fixed than we may have...

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Day 2: Positive Emotion - Bristol Rains Retreat 2020: 'The Dynamic Mandala'

Mon, 30 Mar, 2020 - 16:39

Day 2: Positive Emotion - Bristol Rains Retreat 2020: 'The Dynamic Mandala'

Mon, 30 Mar, 2020 - 16:39

This morning there were 50-60 of the Bristol Sangha online again to hear the second part of Tejanada’s teaching on the ‘Dynamic Mandala’, a somatic exploration of the Triratna System of Practice.  ‘Somatic’ is the term used to highlight the alive/vibrational aspect of awareness.

Today’s focus is on positive emotion.  Tejananda encouraged us each to find where ‘a sense of ease’ may be located in our bodies, as a starting point for this practice.  It may not be...

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Day 1: Integration - Bristol Rains Retreat 2020: 'The Dynamic Mandala'

Mon, 30 Mar, 2020 - 10:26

Day 1: Integration - Bristol Rains Retreat 2020: 'The Dynamic Mandala'

Mon, 30 Mar, 2020 - 10:26

About 50 of us gathered (online) for the start of the 2020 Bristol Sangha Rains Retreat for Order Members and Mitras this morning.  Tejananda had been due to be at the Centre this week to lead the Rains, but as that wasn’t possible, due to Covid-19, he’s generously offered to run 5 x 2 hour sessions over five mornings covering the same material - ‘The Dynamic Mandala’. 

After a general introduction we did a short exercise to explore...

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Triratna50 in Bristol playlist

Mon, 17 Apr, 2017 - 16:56

Triratna50 in Bristol playlist

Mon, 17 Apr, 2017 - 16:56

Four short talks on Sangharakshita’s poem ‘The Four Gifts’ - plus general video of the day.

Four Gifts
I come to you with four gifts.
The first gift is a lotus-flower.
Do you understand?
My second gift is a golden net.
Can you recognize it?
My third gift is a shepherds’ round-dance.
Do your feet know how to dance?
My fourth gift is a garden planted in a wilderness.
Could you work there?
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50 years, 50 people, 50 words

Thu, 6 Apr, 2017 - 17:32

50 years, 50 people, 50 words

Thu, 6 Apr, 2017 - 17:32

What does Triratna mean to you?  

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Ratnavandana talks about the Living in the Mandala Retreat

Mon, 30 Mar, 2015 - 16:20

Ratnavandana talks about the Living in the Mandala Retreat

Mon, 30 Mar, 2015 - 16:20

On the last day of the 2015 Rainy Season retreat, Ratnavandana talks about how it was to lead a retreat in an urban Buddhist Centre.

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Conditionality & Meditation with Vessantara, part 2

Wed, 8 Aug, 2012 - 23:24

Conditionality & Meditation with Vessantara, part 2

Wed, 8 Aug, 2012 - 23:24Vessantara talks at the Bristol Buddhist Centre about engaging with the concept of conditionality - part 2

Conditionality is a central theme of the Buddha’s teaching, and it is very helpful to bring our understanding of it into the arena of our meditation practice. During this evening we look at how to set up good conditions for our meditation to unfold in a natural, expansive way. We also explore how to meditate on conditionality, so that we take our...