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Introductory Meditation and Buddhism course at the Exeter Triratna Group

Posted by Mokshini on Tue, 1 Aug, 2017 - 20:12

Introductory Meditation and Buddhism course at the Exeter Triratna Group

Posted by Mokshini on Tue, 1 Aug, 2017 - 20:12

Starting on Wednesday 13 September, at the usual time of 7pm, at the Exeter Natural Health Centre. 

The course will cover the essentials of meditation, including posture, mindfulness and loving-kindness meditation, and how to work in meditation; and will also include an introduction to Buddhism, the historical Buddha and his teachings, and what value they might have for us in the 21st century. 

There will be more information posted here over the course of August so if you wish to be kept updated please...

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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 9 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 there...

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Hello Mokshini, just thought I should point out that Sunday is the 9th July, not 8th. I hope you all have a wonderful time at Hridayabija - it is a very special place!

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Thank you very much for pointing it out!! My error and I have changed it now :) 

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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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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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The Triratna Order

Posted by Mokshini on Sun, 23 Apr, 2017 - 06:52

The Triratna Order

Posted by Mokshini on Sun, 23 Apr, 2017 - 06:52

Here is Vidyamala, an order member who lives in Manchester, with her typically succinct and warm style, summing up why she likes being a member of the Triratna Buddhist Order. 

You may know Vidyamala as the founder of Breathworks and she has also written a couple of very well-received books on Mindfulness including ’Living Well with Pain and Illness’ 

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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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