Loving Kindness - Blazing Like The Sun
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Facebook Discussion in 1 Hour! 'Metta In The Face Of World Problems'

Fri, 15 Nov, 2013 - 14:58

Facebook Discussion in 1 Hour! 'Metta In The Face Of World Problems'

Fri, 15 Nov, 2013 - 14:58Hi everyone, please join us in an hour’s time if you can for the live Facebook group discussion on the topic ‘Metta In The Face Of World Problems’… How does the work of this urban retreat - and of developing loving kindness in our lives - relate (if at all) to the scale of kinds of issues we face today? Typhoons in the Phillipines, global warming, the war on terror, etc. Is it possible to face these things...
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Newsfilm: the “all in one”edition…

Fri, 15 Nov, 2013 - 10:42

Newsfilm: the “all in one”edition…

Fri, 15 Nov, 2013 - 10:42Clear Vision have produced this 38 minute film – a compilation of all the five short films that we’ve been showing over the week edited into one video… If you want to download it easily (for example, for showing at a Centre or group) then you can do that here.

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Online-Only Events for the Urban Retreat

Fri, 8 Nov, 2013 - 22:44

Online-Only Events for the Urban Retreat

Fri, 8 Nov, 2013 - 22:44You may have seen in the program for the retreat that as well as hosting the retreat materials here, we’ll also be doing some online-only events designed to help bring awareness of the practice into that aspect of our daily lives. We can easily spend so much time online - it’s a challenge to find mindful ways to engage amid so much distraction! And, of course, not everyone is near a Buddhist Centre… So we’re interested in new...
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Urban Retreat in Danish

Fri, 8 Nov, 2013 - 20:58

Urban Retreat in Danish

Fri, 8 Nov, 2013 - 20:58Further to Lokabandhu’s post yesterday about the Urban Retreat in German and Spanish, we’re delighted to pass on news that the retreat will also be available to Danish speakers, thanks to Advayasiddhi!

Urban Retreat 2013 på dansk
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Urban Retreat Program (PDF version)

Fri, 8 Nov, 2013 - 11:22
Here’s a PDF version of the program for the retreat to complement the online version.

A note on using Issuu (the rather nice way we embed documents on The Buddhist Centre Online): you can usually download by clicking the Issuu document and, when it opens full-screen, choosing the ‘share’ icon (top right)…
File NameSize
Urban Retreat - The Program.pdf109.58 KB
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Introducing the team for the urban retreat…

Thu, 7 Nov, 2013 - 22:16

Introducing the team for the urban retreat…

Thu, 7 Nov, 2013 - 22:16Hello there, just wanted to introduce the “team” for the urban retreat, but before that here is a couple of responses to questions we’ve had about the event…

1) Is there any charge for the online urban retreat?
It is all free. We will have an appeal for some money on Wednesday and Friday to help pay for future online urban retreats. You are really welcome to contribute if you wish, but we are basically offering this for free…
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Urban Retreat Online Program & Resources

Urban Retreat Online Program & Resources

Wed, 6 Nov, 2013 - 23:45Here’s the full retreat program for the online version of the retreat. These resources are also for use by anyone taking part in the Urban Retreat around the world at their local Buddhist centre.

We’ve also included here details of the special web-only events we’ll be having as part of the retreat, including online meditation, Twitter Q & A and a Facebook discussion in our group there. Watch this space for more details!...
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Bodhidasa's picture
Thank you for creating and sharing such a clear plan for the retreat.
saddhāruci's picture
Great! thank you for all the work behind this.
capra's picture
I am looking forward to my first Urban Retreat. Thank you!
Upayadhi's picture
Wonderful!! Looking very much forward.
Question: how can I print the program? Seems not possible from the ISSU platform?
In gratitude
Savanna - NYC
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Hi Savanna, if you click on the Issuu document then choose the share button (top right) you can download for printing from there. But we also posted a PDF for printing - you should find it under ‘talks & resources’.
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Urban Retreat in German and Spanish

Wed, 6 Nov, 2013 - 22:01

Urban Retreat in German and Spanish

Wed, 6 Nov, 2013 - 22:01The Urban Retreat is now available to German and Spanish speakers world-wide: you’ll find the German and Spanish material at these links.

Retiro urbano internacional (en español)

das Stadt-Retreat 2013 (deutsch)

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Urban Retreat Metta Wave Poster now ready

Thu, 31 Oct, 2013 - 11:11
Here’s a PDF poster of the Urban Retreat’s Metta Wave for anyone who wants to print and display on their shrine during the retreat - a reminder of the internationality of the retreat, which will include people from Vancouver to Beijing, Mexico City to Moscow - and many points in-between.

There’s a choice of two file sizes to download - 2MB and the full 19MB; both will print a 10-page full-colour poster which you’ll need to...
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Introducing the theme of the urban retreat: loving-kindness

Tue, 29 Oct, 2013 - 13:14

Introducing the theme of the urban retreat: loving-kindness

Tue, 29 Oct, 2013 - 13:14Here is a short little story to introduce the theme of the Urban Retreat, which is ‘metta’ or loving-kindness…

It is the story of an encounter I had in my home town that inspired me and taught me about the need to cultivate, learn, and practice loving-kindness…
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Vimalasara's picture
What I find beautiful about this story - is that you can’t think your way through metta - Metta is quite simply spontaneous feeling/ action - as we see from the young woman who kindly intervened - Metta wasn’t thought - it was spontaneous action – that is the beauty of it. We can think Metta - but in the end we have to feel the fluttering of the heart - we have to feel the heart open. But of course thinking Metta will help us - but it can also get in the way. One of my ways in - is to think of something that just opens our heart - and all of us can remember something that has moved us in our life - what does that feel like in the body - what happens in the body - we are disarmed and open - and outpouring of metta flows.
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This made me think (once again) of the times that I have had an opportunity to be positively spontaneous in my reaction and that I have thought my way out of doing things - come up with all the reasons why my actions aren’t feasible or practical. This has been an on-going practice for me for many years. The fear of taking the wrong action in a difficult situation can paralyze me into taking no action at all. When I simply react with metta, I know that I am doing my best - and feel no paralysis and no fear.
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Actions speak louder than words…. a constant refrain in my house…especially in regard to my children. Of course they need to be able to tell others they love them but when they act on their positive emotions wonderfull things can happen. Thanks for sharing.. I will try and attend the Urban Retreat online from New Zealand.
pink lotus's picture
Thankyou Vajragupta, very inspiring, will try to remember this the next time I feel a reaction trying to take me over.
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I thought that the people considering the topic of Vajragupta’s thought-provoking story might appreciate this story of a bus driver who prevented a woman’s suicide in Buffalo, NY earlier this month.

http://www.syracuse.com/news/index.ssf/2013/10/buffalo_bus_driver_saves_…