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Book Review of Vajragupta's book 'Wild Awake'

Posted by Sadayasihi to Community Highlights on Mon, 23 Apr, 2018 - 14:46

Book Review of Vajragupta's book 'Wild Awake'

Posted by Sadayasihi to Community Highlights on Mon, 23 Apr, 2018 - 14:46

In Wild Awake: Alone, Offline and Aware in Nature Vajragupta draws on twenty-five years of experience going into nature alone. He recounts how these ‘solitary retreats’ have changed him, how he fell in love with the places he stayed in and the creatures there and includes a helpful A-Z guide on how to go about your own solitary retreat.  Wild Awake is available from Windhorse Publications as a paperback or an eBook.

Here is a review of Wild Awake...

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Triratna News
Triratna News

Expressing the Bodhisattva Ideal in the World: Ambedkar and the Gypsies in Hungary

Posted by Sadayasihi to Triratna News on Mon, 23 Apr, 2018 - 11:53

Expressing the Bodhisattva Ideal in the World: Ambedkar and the Gypsies in Hungary

Posted by Sadayasihi to Triratna News on Mon, 23 Apr, 2018 - 11:53

From the 10th to the 13th May 2018 the Dutch and the Belgian Sanghas are holding an Order-Mitra Convention at the Dutch retreat centre Metta Vihara, to which they have invited some Mitras from the Hungarian gypsy community. 

Subhuti has been working with the Gyspy community in Hungary for over a decade, and he is a Kalyana Mitra (spiritual friend) of the Hungarian, Triratna-affiliated Jai Bhim network. The impact that Dr Ambedkar had on the lives of hundred of thousands of...

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Western Buddhist Review
Western Buddhist Review

Searching for the Sublime

Posted by dhivan thomas jones to Western Buddhist Review on Sun, 22 Apr, 2018 - 19:46

Searching for the Sublime

Posted by dhivan thomas jones to Western Buddhist Review on Sun, 22 Apr, 2018 - 19:46

Here is a review by Ben Atmer of Vajragupta’s new book from Windhorse Publications:

VajraguptaWild Awake: Alone, Offline & Aware in Nature

Windhorse, Cambridge, 2018, £10 pb

review by Ben Atmer

Vajragupta, a member of the Triratna Buddhist Order and writer, has had published a new book based on his long and deep immersion in the practice of solitary retreat. He attempts, for the most part remarkably successfully, to convey his sense of intimacy with the natural world, and tries to suggest just what it...

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Triratna News
Triratna News

Triratna and the Mindfulness Initiative in the UK

Posted by Sadayasihi to Triratna News on Fri, 20 Apr, 2018 - 14:44

Triratna and the Mindfulness Initiative in the UK

Posted by Sadayasihi to Triratna News on Fri, 20 Apr, 2018 - 14:44

As mindfulness has entered the mainstream of Western societies, one of the most striking developments is the popularity of mindfulness practice among British Members of Parliament and the connections they have made to public policy. Triratna has had a significant presence in this process.  Vishvapani, one of those involved, updates us on this work and writes:  “A few years ago, when these discussions started, I don’t think any of us imagined that their potential ramifications could be so far-reaching.” 

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Ipswich Buddhist Centre
Ipswich Buddhist Centre

A Women's Day with Parami

Posted by RCheesley to Ipswich Buddhist Centre on Fri, 13 Apr, 2018 - 14:10

A Women's Day with Parami

Posted by RCheesley to Ipswich Buddhist Centre on Fri, 13 Apr, 2018 - 14:10

Open to all women of the Triratna Buddhist Community sangha.

A fantastic opportunity to spend the day with Parami, public preceptor and a very experienced order member.

Join us at Ipswich Buddhist Centre from 10am-4pm on Sunday, 22nd April.

Places are limited so early booking advised - you can book online via Eventbrite here.

Please bring a veggie lunch to share if you are able.

If the cost of the ticket is a difficulty please contact us before booking your space by emailing enquiries [at] ipswichbuddhistcentre.org.uk (subject: Parami%20Day%20Enquiry)...

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Coogee Buddhist Group
Coogee Buddhist Group

Changing to Tuesdays ...

Posted by dharmalata to Coogee Buddhist Group on Tue, 10 Apr, 2018 - 01:13

Changing to Tuesdays ...

Posted by dharmalata to Coogee Buddhist Group on Tue, 10 Apr, 2018 - 01:13

Starting from this week (TODAY!!) our weekly evening meditation is changing to Tuesday evenings

6.30 - 7.30 pm

There will be a delicious cup of tea and cake / biscuits from 6 pm and this will be a regular fixture from now on.

So if you haven’t been along for awhile why not come along and say coo-ee and check in with yourself and others to experience some kindly spaciousness …………

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Triratna News
Triratna News

New Inter-Buddhist Union formed in Ireland

Posted by Sadayasihi to Triratna News on Mon, 9 Apr, 2018 - 16:37

New Inter-Buddhist Union formed in Ireland

Posted by Sadayasihi to Triratna News on Mon, 9 Apr, 2018 - 16:37

Maitrikaya from the Dublin Buddhist Centre writes: “On March 24th 2018 at the historic Rotunda building in Dublin a meeting took place to establish the Irish Buddhist Union (IBU) to represent Buddhism in Ireland. The IBU is a new umbrella association of Buddhist Sanghas and Organisations in Ireland. It is envisioned as a fellowship of Irish Buddhists, intending to bring Buddhist ideas and principles to the attention of wider Irish society.

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Vajracaksu's picture

Sadhu to all involved, may it benefit many. A 12% growth in 7 years in big. Do you know which faiths have grown even more than Buddhism in Ireland??

Kind wishes

Vajracaksu 

Sadayasihi's picture

Hi Vajracaksu,

Interesting question! Looking at the information from the Central Statistics Office (which you can find here) there were two other religions which grew more than Buddhism in Ireland between 2011 and 2016:  there was a 28.1% increase in the number of Muslims (up to 63,443 people) and a 34% increase in the number of Hindus (up to 14,332 people).  Buddhism is the next largest non-Christian religion after that.  The next census will be in 2021 so it will be interesting to see if the upwards growth of Buddhists in Ireland continues!

With Metta,

Sadayasihi

Vajracaksu's picture

Thank you Sadayasihi for taking the trouble to respond, I’ve taken a bit of a look at the link you sent. It seems to me that the wording of the original article was not accurate. The numbers of Buddhists are growing in Ireland but that Buddhism is one of the slowest or the slowest growing one:

Hindus 34%
Jewish 28.9%
Muslims 28.1%

Buddhist 12.1%

It is great that more people are interested in the Dharma of course but in this day and age I’m especially fond of ‘accuracy of narration.’

Thank you for the job you’re doing.

Kind wishes

Vajracaksu 

 

Sadayasihi's picture

Thanks for pointing this out Vajracaksu.  I take your point about accuracy of narrative. Just to say that I think Maitrikaya got that statistic from an article in the Irish Times, a national newspaper.

If you look at the list of religions (in the database list) there are 53 listed.  Without going through all 53 (and deciphering which are Christian and non-Christian) and calculating the % growth or otherwise between 2011 and 2016 I can’t definitely dispute whether Buddhism should now go from being described as the fastest growing to the slowest growing religion or not.   

However the fact remains that the numbers of Buddhists in Ireland according to the census indicate that it is the third largest grouping after Muslims and Hindus, which seems the most significant point, and why at this juncture an Irish Inter-Buddhist network would be warranted.

I hope things are going well in Istanbul.

With Metta,
Sadayasihi

Vijaya1's picture

Excellent. Very impressed by the RTE video -beautifully done. Your second and third links above are the same btw.

Karuna Fundraisers
Karuna Fundraisers

Meeting my selves! By Caroline Ivimey-Parr

Posted by Sanghamani to Karuna Fundraisers on Mon, 9 Apr, 2018 - 09:56

Meeting my selves! By Caroline Ivimey-Parr

Posted by Sanghamani to Karuna Fundraisers on Mon, 9 Apr, 2018 - 09:56

The phrase “the hardest thing I’d ever have done” is often used to describe appeals. It’s true – I’ve never done something as completely challenging and engaging on every level.

The hardest person for me to meet on the appeal has turned out to be myself. I love meeting strangers; I’m hungry for the connection and I find it much easier to hold rejection from others lightly. Facing up to the everyday ways I’m making my own life harder though is terrifying.

When you...

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Successful Community Living
Successful Community Living

Room available in Mixed Community Croydon

Posted by Carol Robertson to Successful Community Living on Sun, 8 Apr, 2018 - 16:53

Room available in Mixed Community Croydon

Posted by Carol Robertson to Successful Community Living on Sun, 8 Apr, 2018 - 16:53

Carol and Malcolm are mitras in ordination training in Croydon. We have a room available immediately in our small community. Do get in touch for more information.

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