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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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Thank you!

Sat, 16 Nov, 2013 - 13:26

Thank you!

Sat, 16 Nov, 2013 - 13:26We’re nearly at the end of this urban retreat… Thank you to you all for your participation, your engagement, your posts and contributions, shrine photos, and for the way all this has been flavoured and pervaded by metta!

A big thank you to those who helped provide materials and resources for the event. Thanks to Subhdramati and Vessantara for the daily talks and reflections, and to Manidha, Natalie Willmer...
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And a big thank you to all at The Buddhist Centre facilitating this, esp you Vajragupta and Candradasa
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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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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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Hello Urban Retreat team,

It might just be me, but I am already feeling a little overwhelmed at the *amount* of materials there is to look at! And I can only see this getting worse as the week goes on (especially as I work full-time and am not sure how well I’ll be able to keep up). Is there some way of linking like materials together, or putting them in subfolders or something?? Eg. all the guided meditations in one place / all the reading matter in one place / all the foreign language stuff in one place / all the ‘notices’ in one place. At the moment I’m just scrolling through a big list of stuff (maybe I’m just doing it wrong?!), so have to search out what I really want at that moment, and also worry that I’m missing interesting things. Some way of getting a bit of a structured overview would be really useful.
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Hi Claire, thanks for this. I know what you mean!

When you arrive at the space we do show you the ‘latest & updated’ stream, which is a sort of über agglomeration of all the posts made to the Urban Retreat by anyone. Some people like this as a way of feeling connected with the broad flow of practice going on around the world, but for others it can definitely be a bit overwhelming. We provide a couple of separate streams to help you filter down to what you want to engage with:

retreat materials team posts (you can find these sub-menu items anytime under the big header image above).

And if you want to just see a particular kind of post you can also click the blue ‘filter posts’ button to the right of the sub-menu.

Hopefully that will help a bit with managing the ‘great stream’ of material on the site itself!

One other thing you can do is unsubscribe from receiving email notifications every time someone posts. If it contributes to feeling overwhelmed, click the unsubscribe link in any email or just hover over your name/picture top right of any page and click ‘profile’ then ‘edit’. Scroll down and untick the email notifications box. That way you can choose when to engage with the space and its content (which will still all be avilable to you as a retreat participant).

with metta,

Candradasa

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Hi Candradasa,

Aha! The ‘filter posts’ button may be the answer. Thanks for the hint!

Have just enjoyed my first meditation with Vajragupta :-)

Claire.
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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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We’ve expanded the group to be nordic - so any of you writing in norwegian or swedish are very welcome too!
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Dette er gøy:) Hvilket nettverk, hurra!!
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Yay! Vad fint, Advayasiddhi :)
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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)…
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Urban Retreat - The Program.pdf109.58 KB
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Hi,
could anybody tell me, how many countries, that is: participants from how many different countries (and if so, which countries?) take part in the Urban Retreat 2013?
I hope I have picked the right addressee here, am new on this platform and not quite sure, if I am right here.
with best wishes
mitratina
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Hello Tina,

I’m afraid there isn’t a simple answer to your question! There are people taking part in the event at Triratna Buddhist Centres and there are people taking part on-line… and some doing both. But we don’t have a complete list, or know how many.

If you scroll down the course materials you’ll see that Lokabandhu posted a “metta map”. This has loads of photos of people taking part in different parts of the world. So that’ll give you some sense of the spread.

I know of people from the UK, Ireland, France, Belgium, Denmark, Germany, Holland, Poland, Spain, Sweden, Russia, China, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, USA, Canada, Mexico, and Brazil, taking part. But there are probably others I don’t know about!

Hopefully folk will post up comments and contributions during the week and that’ll also give us a sense where we are all from. Of course, some of the people I’ve mentioned above won’t be doing it in English and we may not hear from them on this online retreat…

With metta,
Vajragupta
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Hi Mitratina, yes, as Vajragupta said, it’s hard to tell. Not everyone around the world will use this space, but we do now have over 300 online retreatants ready to take part. I’m sure they’ll be joined by more as the week progresses…
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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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Hi,
we would like to know, how many countries are involved in the Urban Retreat. Could you help with this?
could anybody tell, how many countries take part in the Urban Retreat 2013?
How many countries are represented by the participants?
And if so: which countries take part?
Thank you for your help.
with best wishes
Tina
Germany
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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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Manidha and Alice - Poems on Metta

Wed, 6 Nov, 2013 - 19:21

Manidha and Alice - Poems on Metta

Wed, 6 Nov, 2013 - 19:21Manidha and Alice here from Seattle in the U.S. sharing a collection of poems we feel inspired by when we think about metta and its central importance for the life of the heart. Drawing on different religious and spiritual traditions the poems bring out some of the qualities of metta and of a person turning their effort towards cultivating loving kindness in their life.

This video was produced and read with the help of our friends...
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Vimalasara's picture
thanks for making this - great - resource
Diane Palaces's picture
Thank you for making this video. Wonderful poems, just the right length. Heartwarming to see you Manidha and nice to meet Alice and “the reader.”
marysalome's picture
This rocks.
saddhāruci's picture
I feel so moved by the poems and also by having the chance to see Manidha. Last time I saw hershe was still Vicky and we were in a GFR retreat in Mexico.

love to all
Mirza's picture
Thank you Manidha and Alice for such an inspiring video about Metta :)

Greetings and lots of metta from Costa Rica :)