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The Divine Abodes - the upeksha bhavana

Posted by Mokshini on Thu, 22 Jun, 2017 - 20:32

The Divine Abodes - the upeksha bhavana

Posted by Mokshini on Thu, 22 Jun, 2017 - 20:32

We are continuing our exploration of the body of practices collectively known as the brahma viharas or the Four Immeasurables, and this last Wednesday we spent some time practicing and talking about the upekka bhavana   - the development of equanimity, ” when a mind imbued with metta applies itself to looking at the nature of existence”   - ” a loving and insightful responses based on applying pratitya samutpada [ the law of conditionality] so as to illuminate how...

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A bit more on 'The Divine Abodes'

Posted by Mokshini on Wed, 14 Jun, 2017 - 16:05

A bit more on 'The Divine Abodes'

Posted by Mokshini on Wed, 14 Jun, 2017 - 16:05

Last night at Exeter Sangha Night we continued our theme of the ‘Divine Abodes’ - AKA the brahmaviharas, or the Four Immeasurables. We are exploring this theme as part of Triratna’s Buddhist Action Month 2017

Our topic this week was to practice the skill of being joyful at other’s good fortune and rejoicing in their merits. We talked about taking every opportunity to express our appreciation for others (or in fact to ourselves too!) and noticing the effect that...

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Residing in the sublime abodes ...

Posted by Mokshini on Tue, 13 Jun, 2017 - 08:20

Residing in the sublime abodes ...

Posted by Mokshini on Tue, 13 Jun, 2017 - 08:20

Over the next few weeks we’ll be exploring and practicing the ‘Four Sublime Abodes’ in Exeter Sangha Night. The Sanskrit name for this body of practices is brahmavihāras (sublime attitudes, lit. “abodes of brahma”) are a series of four Buddhist core qualities and the meditation practices made to cultivate them. They are also known as ‘the four immeasurables’. 

They are: loving-kindness or universal goodwill (metta), compassion (karuna), sympathetic joy (mudita), and equanimity (upeksha). 

Here is a link to a guided meditation on the karuna bhavana, development of compassion,...

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Celebrate Dharma Day

Posted by Mokshini on Tue, 6 Jun, 2017 - 14:04

Celebrate Dharma Day

Posted by Mokshini on Tue, 6 Jun, 2017 - 14:04

Come and celebrate Dharma Day Sunday 8 July 2017! 


Glenn, Sue and Colin from the Exeter Triratna Group are hosting a half morning at the East Devon Forest Garden (also known as Hridayabija, ‘seed of the heart’) - a beautiful spot about 15 miles from Exeter, full of magic and unexpected finds.

Please arrive by 10am for a half day of meditation and dharma readings followed by a shared lunch and a swim. For any that wish to stay on...

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Mindfulness and Just Sitting

Posted by Mokshini on Sat, 20 May, 2017 - 17:07

Mindfulness and Just Sitting

Posted by Mokshini on Sat, 20 May, 2017 - 17:07

Come and give your mind a rest!  Join us in sitting in stillness and spaciousness this coming Wednesday at the Exeter Natural Health Centre.  The evening is dedicated to the ‘Just Sitting’ practice: We’ll be asking ourselves “What is happening, right now, in my experience?”  We’ll see why this enquiry needs the qualities of curiosity, receptivity and openness. All levels of experience welcome. 

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Sangha Nights in Exeter in May

Posted by Mokshini on Sun, 14 May, 2017 - 10:29

Sangha Nights in Exeter in May

Posted by Mokshini on Sun, 14 May, 2017 - 10:29

Thank you to all who came to Buddha day on May 10th. We had a beautiful shrine, created by William, and I thoroughly enjoyed practicing with a group of fellow truth seekers. Prajnananda led us in a puja dedicated to the Buddha Shakyamuni - thank you! 

Over the remaining weeks in May we will return to our theme of exploring our meditation practice. 

Wednesday 17 May: ‘Opening the Heart’ - another look at the metta bhavana

Wednesday 24 May: ‘What is ‘Just Sitting’?’ -  ways of...

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Full moon day in May

Posted by Mokshini on Sun, 7 May, 2017 - 13:54

Full moon day in May

Posted by Mokshini on Sun, 7 May, 2017 - 13:54

The full moon day in May is the time the Buddhist world celebrates the Buddha’s Enlightenment!

Please join us at Sangha Night this week for meditation and puja to mark this auspicious occasion 2500 years ago. We will have a guided visualization of the Buddha Shakyamuni followed by a puja, which will be led by Prajnananda. 
A ‘puja’ is a ritual, in which we will be reciting verses - in this case taken from an 8th century...

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What is mindfulness?

Posted by Mokshini on Tue, 18 Apr, 2017 - 14:36

What is mindfulness?

Posted by Mokshini on Tue, 18 Apr, 2017 - 14:36

Last week Vidyadasi led the class and explored what we mean by ‘Mindfulness’ - what qualities are we looking for? In addition to a guided practice and discussion there was time to reflect on some notes & points on the theme of mindfulness: 

Mindfulness is not the same as thinking about something.   It is more like ‘awareness’.

In mindfulness, we are just ‘being’, not ‘doing’.

These things are ‘doing’: planning, worrying, remembering, replaying, ruminating, comparing, going over, wondering, imagining.

Turn off the autopilot.

‘Mindfulness is the awareness that emerges through paying...

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The Practice and Purpose of Meditation

Posted by Mokshini on Fri, 10 Mar, 2017 - 18:15

The Practice and Purpose of Meditation

Posted by Mokshini on Fri, 10 Mar, 2017 - 18:15

 - this is our new theme on Sangha Night which started on March 8th. Over the next couple of months we’ll be devoting the evenings to going deeper in meditation by looking at the main meditation practices as taught in our Community.

We’ll do this  through short talks, guided meditation practice and time for discussion and sharing our experience of meditating. All levels of experience welcome!  If you’ve been meaning to re-energize your meditation practice, this might be just the time to do it!...

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Come along! Celebrating 50 years of the Triratna Buddhist Community

Posted by Mokshini on Fri, 10 Mar, 2017 - 18:02

Come along! Celebrating 50 years of the Triratna Buddhist Community

Posted by Mokshini on Fri, 10 Mar, 2017 - 18:02

Join Mokshini, Karunadarshin, Sudhana, Nandavajra and others from the Devon Sangha to travel to the Bristol Buddhist Centre for the day to mark “50 years of the Triratna Buddhist Community”! It would be lovely if there was a whole group of us from Exeter going up. The plan is to all go on a train together on the 8.23am from Exeter St David’s to Bristol Temple Meads, and return in the evening on the 18.44pm departure from Temple Meads.

It would be helpful if...

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