Dans cette situation étrange et confinée je me pose des questions : Mais qu’est-ce que je fais là ? Ne serais-je pas mieux ailleurs ? Cela se terminera-t-il un jour ? …
Mais il ne sert à rien de résister ; aussi pour débuter la méditation d’hier midi par internet, j’ai choisi de nous inspirer avec le poème suivant de Sangharakshita ; outre le poème lui-même, je suis convaincu que rester en contact avec la beauté, sous quelque forme que ce soit, est une façon de trouver de...
Members of Triratna’s European Chairs’ Assembly (ECA: the Chairs of Triratna centres, retreat centres and other initiatives in Europe) take seriously their responsibility to protect children and adults from harm in the course of Triratna activities.
The ECA employs an overall Safeguarding officer, Munisha, who works with the Safeguarding Adviser, Amaladipa, who is very senior in the criminal justice system in the UK.
Today, like every other day, we wake up empty and frightened. Don’t open the door to the study and begin reading. Take down a musical instrument. Let the beauty we love be what we do. There are hundreds of ways to kneel and kiss the ground.
- Rumi, translated by Coleman Barks with John Moyne
This beautiful poem by Rumi popped into my head when I was reflecting on today’s home retreat material, which is about...
Tuesday 7 April, 19:00 Mindfulness is the all-pervading infrastructure upon which all growth and development, both personal and spiritual, can flourish.
In this evening workshop, hosted by the NLBC Tuesday evening class, Vajradaka will lead us into practical and direct meditations and exercises which highlight how different facets of mindfulness help us become more positive and go beyond limitations in our meditation and everyday life.
I am very happy to announce the public ordination of ex-Gus Miller took place on Sunday 5th of April at the London Buddhist Centre. The ordination was not public, but was live-streamed. You can see it here.
Gus becomes Sthiramanas, a Sansksrit name meaning Steadfast Mind.
Maitreyabandhu was his private preceptor and I was his public preceptor.
This week’s free eBook from Windhorse Publications is Tales of Freedom. You can download it here.
Its author, Vessantara, tackles how to work with our minds when the chips are down. Vessantara is one of Triratna’s most experienced retreat and meditation leaders. He is also a very good storyteller. He shows us that we can find freedom even when life isn’t easy or predictable. Freedom of the kind the Buddha taught is possible whatever your situation. Even when it’s extreme. Even in...
None of us have lived through times like this before. The Dharma gives us tools to work with our everyday minds. It also offers strong medicine for strong times.
This week’s free eBook is Tales of Freedom. You can download it here. Its author, Vessantara, tackles how to work with our minds when the chips are down. Vessantara is one of Triratna’s most experienced retreat and meditation leaders. He is also a very good storyteller. He shows us that we can find...
Meeting the Unknown with Courage, Kindness, and Connection
Monday 6 April, 7.00pm
Santva reflects on a Buddhist approach to change and how to be with our worry and anxiety. The evening will also include meditation and ritual. Join Zoom Meeting https://zoom.us/j/334434901 Meeting ID: 334 434 901
13 April Lalitaraja (login to follow).
20 April Santva on Going for Refuge to the Three Jewels - What is this and what might it look like? Santva reflects on...
Sailing the Worldly Winds A Buddhist Way through the Ups and Downs of Life
Dear Sangha Friends, I hope you are staying well, and adapting smoothly to life’s changes. At our next seven Wednesday evenings, we’ll be exploring the Eight Worldly Winds - a teaching from the Buddha that’s very relevant for our turbulent times. Please notice the change of start time - 8pm, not 7.30pm. You’ll find all the material at the wonderful Dharma Toolkit here including
a short talk each ‘day’ (so for us that’s each week) from