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Sangha Nights in Exeter in May

Sun, 14 May, 2017 - 10:29

Sangha Nights in Exeter in May

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

Sun, 7 May, 2017 - 13:54

Full moon day in May

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

Sun, 23 Apr, 2017 - 06:52

The Triratna Order

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?

Tue, 18 Apr, 2017 - 14:36

What is mindfulness?

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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triratna @ 50: For the Welfare of the World - a talk by Subhuti

Tue, 11 Apr, 2017 - 09:15

triratna @ 50: For the Welfare of the World - a talk by Subhuti

Tue, 11 Apr, 2017 - 09:15

Subhuti is one of Sangharakshita’s closest disciples and a long- standing order member. Here is a link to a talk he gave at the London Buddhist Centre as part of their celebrations of the 50th anniversary of the Triratna Buddhist Community 

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Exeter Sangha outing to the Bristol Buddhist Centre to celebrate Triratna's 50th

Tue, 11 Apr, 2017 - 09:11

Exeter Sangha outing to the Bristol Buddhist Centre to celebrate Triratna's 50th

Tue, 11 Apr, 2017 - 09:11

A group of us from Exeter and Devon travelled up to the Bristol Buddhist Centre on Saturday 8th April to join in with their celebrations. It was a lovely day and I personally really enjoyed being warmly welcomed by a larger sangha

As part of the day we listened to four short talks on one of Sangharakshita’s poems, Four Gifts: 

I come to you with four gifts. 

The first gift is a lotus flower. 

Do you understand?

My second gift is a golden net. 

Can you recognise it? 

My third gift is a shepherd’s round dance. 

Do your...

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The Six Distinctive Emphases of the Triratna Buddhist Community

Thu, 6 Apr, 2017 - 19:17

Our weekly meeting yesterday took place just the day before a rather special event in the Triratna Buddhist Community’s existence: exactly 50 years ago, on the 6 April 1967 Urgyen Sangharakshita dedicated the Triratna Meditation and Shrine room (yes it was called Triratna!) in a basement below a shop in Covent Garden.  The few few decades of its existence though we were known as ‘The Friends of the Western Buddhist Order’. 

So many lives have been transformed by the Buddhist movement that grew from...

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The Four Kinds of Meditation

Mon, 3 Apr, 2017 - 21:54

There are so many different kinds of meditation practices - how do they relate to each other, which ones should we do?

When we embark on practising meditation, it can seem confusing to come across the fact that there are many different techniques - last Wednesday (29 March), we explored this with the help of ta little list entitled ‘The Four Kinds of Meditation’. I first learned this many years ago from Ruciraketu at the Cambridge Buddhist Centre. 

I found it a useful way...

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Dying Matters Awareness Week - events in Exeter in May

Sat, 1 Apr, 2017 - 09:20

Some of us might we interested in this - LivingWellDyingWell Southwest UK are hosting events in Exeter on 7,8 and 11 May to mark Dying Matters Awareness Week - see the flyer attached for more info. 

7 May: DYING AT HOME
“70% of us want to die at home yet 50% die in hospital…… “”
8 May: PLANNING FOR YOUR END OF LIFE
We can put into place,...

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Working with 'vedana'

Thu, 23 Mar, 2017 - 11:16

This week we continued our theme of going deeper in meditation and to truly ‘meditate with and in the body’; learning to find out ‘what is actually happening’ as opposed to what we may just think is happening due to habit or custom.  

Nandavajra introduced us to the term ‘vedana’ - an interesting and useful concept in Buddhism. Sometimes translated as ‘feeling’; a more accurate term is ‘sensation’, or as it sometimes referred to as the ‘initial hedonic feeling tone’ - that is, the...