Afrikan Wisdom, edited by Vimalasara: New Voices Talk Black Liberation, Buddhism, and Beyond
A spiritual, political, and interdisciplinary anthology of wisdom stories from Black liberation leaders and teachers.
Afrikan Wisdom represents an intersectional, cross-pollinated exploration of Black life–past, present, and future. Award-winning author and editor Vimalasara’s (Valerie Mason-John) collection of 34 essays–written by an eclectic and inspirational group of Black thought leaders and teachers–reflects on the unique and multilayered experience of being Black in the world today.
I’m running another online meditation retreat from Saturday 25th September to Friday 1st October 2021. The retreat is aimed at Order Members and Mitras and is offered on a Dana basis.
The emphasis will be on a relaxed, open, and attentive quality of ‘knowing’, receptive to whatever is happening within our experience. We will be cultivating mindfulness that is ‘uncontrived’ and natural and looking to bring ‘right view’ – a wisdom perspective - to each moment of awareness.
Join us for a deep dive into the relationship between art, aesthetics, the environment, and the inner life of people, objects and houses! In this episode we discuss the current ecological and biodiversity crises with an artist and a poet, asking how an appreciation and fuller understanding of beauty itself can help us take action in our own lives.
Be prepared to have your notions of “the beautiful” challenged and, hopefully, also affirmed as we range with our guests Padmacandra and Vilokini...
Welsh is my first language, although I haven’t lived in Wales since I was 18, it’s the language of my heart, a short cut to my emotions.
I learnt to meditate in Dhanakosa in 2009 and since then am a regular Cambridge sangha member training for ordination. My mother Anantamani, translated the puja into Welsh 15 years ago. Since asking for ordination I have often been invited to share the positive precepts in Welsh at the end of gfr retreats. This has...
Uncontrived Mindfulness is a deep dive into the practice of exploring our experience as it happens. The emphasis is on cultivating wisdom, using the tools of attention, curiosity and discernment to recognize and see through the delusion that is causing our suﬀering. Vajradevi is a warm and insightful guide to this exploration,...
PoetryEast with Rupert Sheldrake: ‘Exploring Consciousness’
Premier: July 3rd, 7pm (BST).
PoetryEast is delighted to be hosting Rupert Sheldrake, PhD, a biologist and author best known for his hypothesis of morphic resonance. Jnanavaca (who studied physics at Oxford) will be in conversation with Dr Sheldrake about the possible synergy between science and Buddhism, about Sheldrake’s theory of evolution, and about the nature of consciousness.
As a female student and practitioner of Buddhism, at times I feel frustrated by the underrepresentation of women in Buddhist texts and iconography. To give just one example, out of the forty-six figures on Triratna’s refuge tree, only two are female. Frustrated I may be, but I probably shouldn’t be surprised. As author Alice Collett points out in Windhorse Publications’ latest release, I Hear Her Words: An Introduction to Women in Buddhism, Buddhism was born and developed within ancient...
A conversation exploring the central role of strong personal friendships in creating a culture that encourages women and girls in India to take seriously their own aspirations - whether in Buddhist training or life in general.
Abhayanavita and Tarahridaya are wonderful leaders and exemplars in this work, speaking across generations, across gender, and across caste to help inspire the new Buddhists of India.
From extremely difficult conditions each has forged her own path towards safety, respect and acceptance. And in a time of terrible...