In this strongly inspiring talk Shakyapada discusses her realisation that she is transgender. She leads us through her life focussing on her journey towards the Dharma.
This talk was given at Croydon Buddhist Centre in April 2019 as part of our Saturday Sangha morning series.
In this talk Prajnanandi discusses her path towards ordination, focussing on the intertwined themes of friendship and communication. She evokes the magic of Akashavana and how it feels to be there, and takes a little diversion into how it feels to have Manjusri as a sadhana practice.
This talk was given at the Croydon Buddhist Centre in October 2018 as part of the regular Saturday morning sangha class.
In this talk Sahajatara gives a wonderfully lively account of her spiritual Journey from Paganism towards Buddhism.
She explores the interconnectedness of all beings using poetry and the four factors of Enlightenment. We reflect on emptiness using a rainbow model and hear how Sahajatara connected with Green Tara.
We then rejoice in Green Tara using the sevenfold Puja.
This talk was given at the Croydon Buddhist Centre in 2018 as part of our regular Saturday Morning Sangha class.
In this talk Dhammavijaya takes us on an exploration of three periods of cultural history, medieval, modern and post modern, looking at their defining beliefs and characteristics.
He then discusses what Buddhism has to offer society now and gives us 10 points that show the relevance of Buddhism to the world we live in today.
This talk was given at the Croydon Buddhist Centre in 2018 as part of our regular Saturday morning Sangha class.
In this talk, introduced by Amarapuspa, Jane shares the experience of developing severe physical pain, suddenly, and how this has affected her life.
Jane discusses her habitual responses to pain before meeting Buddhism and how these responses changed when she discovered Buddhism. We explore how Jane needed a complete rethink after discovering the teaching of the worldly winds, and how inspiring this process has been.
This talk was given at the Croydon Buddhist Centre as part of the regular Saturday Sangha class.
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In this talk, introduced by Vijayasri, Carol talks about her gratitude for the Dharma that she has been given over the last 11 years, and the people who have shared this with her.
Carol asks us to look forward "with gratitude and for the benefit of all beings" towards how we can help share the Dharma with future generations.
This talk was given as part of the Triratna Day Celebrations at Croydon Buddhist Centre in 2018.
In this talk Viryanaga leads us through an exploration of praise and blame. He uses examples from the suttas, and from his own experience, to show how these worldly winds are usually related to actions.
Viryanaga discusses how it is not enough simply to resist the winds, but how we need to transform them. The session ends with a led reflection.
This talk was given at the Croydon Buddhist Centre as part of our regular Saturday Sangha morning.
In this talk Vijayasri introduces us to the Worldly Winds by mapping the four pairs of Worldly Winds onto the mandala of the five Buddhas. The map referred to in the introduction can be found on the Croydon Buddhist Centre website.
We explore the mandala and Vijayasri leads us in a reflection on each of the Buddhas. The session ends by chanting the mandalas of the five Buddhas.
This talk was given in 2018 as part of the regular Saturday morning sangha class.
Abhaya has been ordained for 44 years and he reflects on how he connects with the order.
Given during a Southern UK Regional Order day to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Triratna Buddhist Order, 8th April 2018.
In this very personal talk Devamitra explores how to deal with "the world's slow stain" through a series of reflections on his own life.
He talks about how to take responsibility for our own actions, considers how to feel gratitude, looks at how to develop positive emotion and explores how to turn adversity into opportunity. Devamitra also discusses how a diagnosis of cancer has given him the opportunity to live life on the edge and put events into a wider perspective.
This talk was given at the Croydon Buddhist Centre in April 2018 as part of our regular Saturday morning Sangha class.