The Urban Retreat 2011
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Online Dana Bowl

Sat, 15 Oct, 2011 - 17:36

Online Dana Bowl

Sat, 15 Oct, 2011 - 17:36

We’ve created an online ‘dana’ bowl for contributions to help support Candradasa’s team at Dharmachakra, who will be hard at work continuing to develop this exciting new space for the whole Triratna Buddhist Community. Thanks to their generous efforts, we were very happy to be able to offer the retreat for free to all who wanted to take part. If you would like to support the work they’ll be doing for us it will help them...

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Exercises, reflections, and closing ceremony for the last day - and beyond...

Fri, 14 Oct, 2011 - 22:59

Exercises, reflections, and closing ceremony for the last day - and beyond...

Fri, 14 Oct, 2011 - 22:59

Well done! You’ve almost completed the urban retreat.  On this last day there’s an opportunity for you to review how it went, what we learnt, and what you’d like to carry through into the future.

Hopefully you’ve discovered that although you can’t avoid the worldly winds, you can learn from them, and see them as opportunities rather than obstacles. As William Blake wrote:

Man was made for Joy & Woe;
And when this we rightly know
Thro’
...

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Thought for the Day

Thu, 13 Oct, 2011 - 18:20

Thought for the Day

Thu, 13 Oct, 2011 - 18:20

This is my broadcast on BBC radio 4 from this morning. Listen here

As unemployment rises and living standards fall, pre-2008 abundance seems like a vanished epoch. Most of us yearn to see the GDP figures ticking upwards again, bringing back the lost jobs and services.  But not long ago, when the economy was steaming ahead, many of us were asking if continuing economic growth was really desirable or sustainable. We saw people working longer and longer hours at...

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Exercises and Reflections for Friday

Thu, 13 Oct, 2011 - 17:46

Exercises and Reflections for Friday

Thu, 13 Oct, 2011 - 17:46

Today is the last bit of “Dharma input”. We are going to explore the ideas of “control” and “influence”.  I’d like to invite you to read the following short text, and then take some time to do the reflection - and to bear the material in mind as you go about your practice today.

Tomorrow is the last day of the retreat, and will be spent reviewing what we’ve learnt and thinking about what we can take forward into the future…

Distinguishing control from...

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Text on pleasure and pain (redux!)

Thu, 13 Oct, 2011 - 15:23

Text on pleasure and pain (redux!)

Thu, 13 Oct, 2011 - 15:23

View in iOS. Here’s Vidyamala’s companion piece to her interview with Viryabhadri on working with pleasure and pain (see here).

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thanks and appreciation...

Thu, 13 Oct, 2011 - 14:25

thanks and appreciation...

Thu, 13 Oct, 2011 - 14:25

Just wanted to say a couple of things, as I’m in a meeting all day tomorrow, and then leading the final day retreat of the urban retreat in Cardiff Saturday, so I might not get much time to log-in from now on… (though there will be two more teaching posts from me, for Friday and Saturday).

Firstly, I wanted to thank the team who’ve been working really hard behind the scenes to make this on-line retreat available. Candradasa is the visionary behind...

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Enough?

Thu, 13 Oct, 2011 - 12:11

Enough?

Thu, 13 Oct, 2011 - 12:11

Enough. These few words are enough.

If not these words, this breath.

If not this breath, this sitting here.

This opening to the life
we have refused
again and again
until now.

Until now


~ David Whyte

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News from São Paulo

Wed, 12 Oct, 2011 - 23:48

News from São Paulo

Wed, 12 Oct, 2011 - 23:48

Hi folks,

the retreat is going well here in São Paulo. There are only a few of us, but already we’re having good feedback from some of the people who are managing to read what I am managing to translate, and who are meditating everyday. Brilliant idea!

Next time I’ll try to organise the event a lot more here or our Sangha and include more people. Its a bit higgledy-piggledy this time round. Better than nothing though!

Love to all,

Manjupriya (São Paulo)

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Exercises and reflections for Thursday

Wed, 12 Oct, 2011 - 19:07

Exercises and reflections for Thursday

Wed, 12 Oct, 2011 - 19:07

Mindfulness of our thoughts in meditation

Yesterday we looked at how our craving or aversion towards how the worldly winds are blowing often takes the form of a “story” – an on-going mental commentary which seeks to justify our emotional response. We did an exercise in trying to spot those stories as they arise in our minds as we go about our day. Was this easy or difficult? Thoughts are fast and fleeting, so maybe it is hard to spot them arising. Perhaps...

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Live Facebook discussion

Wed, 12 Oct, 2011 - 18:45

Live Facebook discussion

Wed, 12 Oct, 2011 - 18:45

We’re also taking part in the International Urban Retreat 2011 on our Facebook Group, and on Friday we’ll be rounding things off there with a live discussion around the theme of the Worldly Winds: gain and loss, fame and infamy, praise and blame, and pleasure and pain…

Come and join us if you’ve taken part in the retreat and want to share your own insights - or if you are just interested in exploring the theme and its implications for...