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Our New Audio Magazine Podcast

Fri, 22 Feb, 2019 - 10:35

Here’s the first episode of The Buddhist Centre Online’s new, occasional ‘audio magazine’, bringing you a selection of the highlights from across our community!

This episode includes an overview of the 2018 European Buddhist Union and Buddhist Teachers in Europe meetings, extracts from conversations with Mahasraddha, Director of the Abhayaratna Trust, and Vajratara, chair of the India Dhamma Trust as well as a brief introduction to Bodhipaksa’s latest book ‘I Can’t Believe It’s Not Buddha!’

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Thanks for putting this together, really enjoyed listening to it! Good initiative :-)
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Hi Sadayasihi and co,

Thank you for this. I also thoroughly enjoyed it. Nice to just listen and take in the various contributions. I look forward to more. 

With metta,

Viryabodhi 

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Podcast - The Spirit of the Abhayaratna Trust

Mon, 4 Feb, 2019 - 17:45

This is not theoretical, this is how it is, it’s life: sickness and ageing are very challenging.

Mahasraddha is the Director of the Abhayaratna Trust which exists to help support Order Members in financial difficulty.

In this conversation Mahasraddha outlines his vision for the Trust - and its spirit, which is based on Sangharakshita’s lecture, ‘A Case of Dysentery’. He also mentions a number of projects that the Abhayaratna Trust have in the pipeline, including establishing local care networks and supporting...

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As an Abhayararatna Trust rep, it’s great to hear your vision for going forward into 2020 Mahasraddha - thank you! I know there are many nurses, still practicing or retired, involved in the Triratna movement. I urge them to step forward to support the Trust’s work. We have an opportunity to practice generosity by sharing our many skills, and make a difference for people in this world.

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Dear Mahasraddha,

Thank you for this interesting interview, and for making the point that Triratna cannot expand without first consolidating.

I am seeing this also in my work in Safeguarding - that our current infrastructure (resources both financial and human) is simply inadequate to to the task of running of an international Buddhist order and community even at the size we are already.

Before we think of starting any more Groups or Centres, we need first to fund the human resources necessary to run our existing Groups and Centres safely, and the College and Order (including the care of elderly, ill and/or poor Order members).

Metta,
Munisha

 

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Podcast - A Very Special Letter

Tue, 29 Jan, 2019 - 15:19

I want to spend the rest of my life… supporting the Triratna Buddhist Order. I can’t imagine living in another way.

Ricardo Rico became a Mitra and asked for ordination into the Triratna Buddhist Order in Venezuela over 20 years ago. He recently has moved to Cuernavaca, Mexico.

In this podcast we hear a little bit about Ricardo’s life as a university lecturer and father of three children. He also speaks about life in Venezuela and the current political and...

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Thanks a lot for posting this!

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Video - Triratna's Gender Diverse Working Group

Mon, 21 Jan, 2019 - 15:24

Video - Triratna's Gender Diverse Working Group

Mon, 21 Jan, 2019 - 15:24

“[Being Gender Diverse] isn’t a matter of a whim or ideology but a deeply experienced need to find oneself in the world in a different kind of way from the conventional man/woman division. And, recognising that the Dharma is all about experiencing our humanity as deeply and truly as possible, that includes bringing in our gender experience obviously.

Jnanamitra speaks with Saddhaloka, chair of the College of Public Preceptors, about the work of Triratna’s Gender Diverse Working...

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5 Years of the Buddhist Centre Online: #12 Our Big Year

Fri, 21 Dec, 2018 - 18:18

5 Years of the Buddhist Centre Online: #12 Our Big Year

Fri, 21 Dec, 2018 - 18:18

Wow, it’s amazing what you have achieved in 5 years! So many gems have come my way through Buddhist Centre Online. My life and practice has been enhanced by many talks, recommendations for books, reading stories of people’s lives and visuals of places and events. From Australia I feel more fully connected to this world wide movement largely via [The Buddhist Centre Online]. Sadhu sadhu sadhu and happy birthday!” - Maitripala

2018 has been such a big year...

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Podcast - The Wonderful Problem

Tue, 18 Dec, 2018 - 15:27

What we have is a very wonderful problem and the wonderful problem is that so many people are seeing the value of Buddhism in India and they are wanting to embrace Buddhism and the Buddhist path - and they are wanting to do that in their hundreds. But, of course, as we know, Buddhism is a path of practice. It requires careful study and training…it requires spiritual friendship. So who is going to meet these people?

Vajratara is the Chair of the...

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Podcast - Extracts from a Puja for Urgyen Sangharakshita on the Evening of His Funeral and Burial

Sun, 25 Nov, 2018 - 21:25

On the evening of Urgyen Sangharakshita’s funeral and burial, after the departure of most of the 1,200 guests, those who remained gathered together to perform a special, final sevenfold puja and close an extraordinary day. 

Padmavajra led the devotional ritual, specifically dedicated to Padmasambhava. In this extract we hear Surata reading verses to Vajrasattva known as ‘The Confounder of Hell’, followed by a rousing version of the Great Guru of Tibet’s mantra. 

Voices were uplifted and many offerings made: to say a last farewell...

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5 Years of the Buddhist Centre Online: #11 Young Buddhist Project

Fri, 23 Nov, 2018 - 16:39

5 Years of the Buddhist Centre Online: #11 Young Buddhist Project

Fri, 23 Nov, 2018 - 16:39

“For me, just being with other young people… actually this is really important… there’s an energy, there’s a natural friendship, there’s a speaking the Dharma in our own language, in our own time, with our own metaphors, about the life decisions we are currently trying to make” - Singhamati, 2015.
 
In 2008 the European Chairs’ Assembly Development Team - which supports Triratna-wide initiatives around the world - ran a weekend retreat exploring how to inspire...

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