I couldn’t have done it any other way, as hard as it was…
In 1968 I turned 20 and was in the second year of a Maths and Physics degree. Joined my brother for a yacht trip around the South Pacific for two months, sailing to Samoa, Tonga and Fiji. Hove to for three days surviving a tropical cyclone. Finished my degree and started travelling in South-East Asia and India to find a Buddhist meditation teacher.
Many thanks to Sanghadhara for creating this Dharma Doors mega-poster for the International Practice Week: Turning Arrows Into Flowers (22-29 September 2018)
You’ll see 2 options, one for A4 paper size, one for ‘Letter’ as used in the USA etc. The pdf has 8 pages, each with the front doors of 6 Triratna Centres, and which join together to form a lovely symbol of our international Sangha (see IPW overview picture).
Although we now have the first ‘Fifty Voices’ in the can and they’ll be appearing here in due course, they’re just a start in terms of the bigger vision of the project. The editorial board (Lokeshvara, Nagabodhi and Vidyamala), Candradasa and I are all keen that as many voices of Order Members as possible are recorded while we still can. One original suggestion for the project included recording the ‘first 50’ OMs - but on balance we decided to go...
A short report on the chairs meeting at Adhisthana July 2018, with headlines covering the main topics at the meeting; designed for chairs so they can give their trustees or other interested members of the sangha a flavour of what happens at these meetings
International Urban Retreat 22-29 September 2018 “Turning Arrows Into Flowers”
The proposal for this international practice week is to make this a world-wide practice week, including all Centres and Triratna Practice Groups wherever they are – the theme was inspired by Subhuti’s teaching on the 2017 order retreat at Bodhgaya.
The image to sum up and symbolize the theme of this urban retreat: the Buddha on the cusp of his Enlightenment, at the point when Mara attacks him with all he’s got …… but...
Brixton is a small but rapidly growing Triratna group in South London. Over the last two years we have added a range of new courses and events to our programme and have a lively, youthful and friendly sangha who want to go deeper in their practice.
There is now an opportunity for a supported part-time centre manager to join the small team of volunteers helping to grow and flourish this important situation in South London.
The short talks given that Yashobodhi is preparing for the International Practice Week are based on an exploration of the Seven Point Mind Training. However, over the course of 2018 there have been several occasions where the EIGHT Mind Training verses have been studied (at the International Council at Bodh Gaya for example, and at the July European chairs assembly) - so here are two sheets:
One with the Eight Mind Training Verses by Geshe Langri Thankpa, and the other sheet...