Welcome to the first audioboo live from Vajrasana Retreat Centre in Suffolk, England, opening up the wonderful world of the bi-annual European Chairs’ Assembly. Lokabandhu and Candradasa on what Triratna Chairfolk do and why they come together in such good harmony… Join us every day for reports on an amazing gathering of Dharma women and men!
Day two at the ECA and we’re all about ritual today! Lokabandhu and Candradasa are joined by Saddhanandi, Chair of Taraloka Retreat Centre for women in Wales, for a right royal ramble around ritual and the question of how on earth it develops across a broad spiritual community. Join us on the swing in the Vajrasana garden for a chat - then listen to our follow-up boo with experimental chanting from the day!
This is one of those essential listening things. Vessantara on day 3 of the European Chairs’ Assembly helping us explore the rich area of spiritual receptivity and its place in the Triratna system of practice. Much of the day was spent practicing and talking about ‘Just Sitting’. Tune in to hear what we did and see how you might ask the questions about your own experience that can lead to the arising of Insight into the nature of...
Following on from our ritual boo on day two of the European Chairs’ Assembly looking at experiments with Triratna ritual, ceremony and liturgy, here is a snippet of some rather avant garde mantra chanting of the Shakyamuni mantra, following Ratnadevi’s workshop.
The handbook explains the theme: Climate Action - Personal Action. It suggests Buddhist ways of engaging with the theme and thinking about climate change, including avoiding polarisation. There are suggestions of personal and group actions, and other groups that you can join with.
Buddhist Action Month: (BAM!) is an annual festival of Buddhist social action. It started in Britain in 2012 and has since spread out across Europe and beyond. Social action is one of the manifestations of METTA, the strong intention to create Loving Kindness for all, which is embodied in the desire to act for the benefit of the world. Practising this is at the heart of everything we do in the Triratna Buddhist Community.
If you’re interested in Sangharakshita’s seminars in book form for your Centre Library or community, , Lulu have a 20% off discount until midnight on 7/2/19, simply quote TWENTY19 at checkout… You’ll find the seminars (and his Collected Lectures) by going to Lulu and searching for “sangharakshita seminars” or “sangharshita lectures”…
Triratna’s European Chairs’ Assembly employs me both as Triratna’s ‘Liaison officer’, responsible for co-operation with other Buddhist traditions, mainly in Europe. In that capacity I attend meetings of the European Buddhist Union and the Network of Buddhist Organisations UK.