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Podcast - Starting To Say Goodbye to Sangharakshita

Posted by Candradasa on Fri, 9 Nov, 2018 - 23:55

A conversation with Candradasa, Munisha, Parami and Sthanashraddha towards the end of a strong week at Adhisthana, home of Urgyen Sangharakshita, who died last week at the age of 93. 

We talk about our personal relationships to the founder of the Triratna Buddhist sangha over decades, and the great change his passing represents for our community.

Join us online to begin saying farewell to a man whose long work for the Dharma transformed so many lives around the world for the good. 

www.thebuddhistcentre.com/sangharakshita

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5 Years of the Buddhist Centre Online: #10 Revived Indian Buddhism

Posted by Sadayasihi on Thu, 25 Oct, 2018 - 22:53

5 Years of the Buddhist Centre Online: #10 Revived Indian Buddhism

Posted by Sadayasihi on Thu, 25 Oct, 2018 - 22:53

“The greatest thing the Buddha has done is to tell the world that the world cannot be reformed except by the reformation of the mind of man and the mind of the world.” - Dr Ambedkar

Around the seventh century BCE Buddhism began to go into decline in India, the land of its birth. It was only in the late nineteenth century that it began to be revived: firstly, through the work of institutions such as the Maha Bodhi Society, which was...

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Well done for bringing a substantial amount of material about Triratna in India together onto the same page!  As you may know, there is a new mitra study module due to come out soon that looks in more depth at the work of Dr Ambedkar.  I wanted to highlight the role of the India Dhamma Trust as it seems to be a bit of an afterthought near the bottom of the page!  The India Dhamma Trust was set up because The Karuna Trust no longer felt able to support Dhamma projects as they fundraised primarily for social projects from those without an understanding of the importance of Buddhism.  The India Dhamma Trust undertook to support Dhamma projects - their main priority is to support the ordination teams that go all over India leading study, workshops and retreats, training people in how to practice Buddhism in depth.  We fund, for example, Jnanasuri, Karunamaya, Amoghasiddhi, Vijaya and others whose interviews you include on the page.

Let me give you an example of why this is important.  In 2016 I went to India and witnessed 100 people embracing Buddhism from Gujarat, Rajasthan and Orissa. This is particularly significant as those from Gujarat came from the same village as a very publicly reported case of caste violence - you may remember pictures of boys being beaten in front of a police station. Instead of resorting to revenge violence, they chose the path of love and awareness. It was an incredibly joyful atmosphere as the new Buddhists delighted in their new path and their renunciation of inequality and injustice.  The next question is who is going to help them deepen their practice Buddhism?  Who is going to help them transform their faith and enthusiasm into the path of ethics, meditation and wisdom?  Who is going to offer them kalyana mitrata and lead retreats and workshops for them?  So many people are converting to Buddhism each year in India, and Triratna in uniquely placed to help them deepen their practice because Triratna is the Sangha most in line with Dr Ambedkar’s vision of a new Buddhist Community that can work for the good of society.

I would argue that the India Dhamma Trust is the main charity in the Triratna Buddhist Community raising money for Dhamma work.  I would like it to have more of a focus in Triratna, and on this page in particular.  We also have a lot of resources you can access, including some videos of the work Triratna is doing in India.  We are developing more as I write!

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Ratnadharini and Shantigarbha on Restorative Process in Triratna

Posted by Centre Team on Wed, 24 Oct, 2018 - 20:48

Ratnadharini and Shantigarbha give an excellent, practical introduction to using the Restorative Process in order to resolve disharmony within Triratna. Exploring its principles and its methodology, this short talk also provides a helpful overview of why the Restorative approach is considered such a good fit for a Buddhist community.

Recorded in India, spring 2018.

Find out more about Triratna’s Restorative Process with the Adhisthana Kula

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This Weekend - Live coverage of the 'Big One'

Posted by Sadayasihi on Mon, 22 Oct, 2018 - 15:15

This Weekend - Live coverage of the 'Big One'

Posted by Sadayasihi on Mon, 22 Oct, 2018 - 15:15

The 2018 Triratna Young Buddhists’ Retreat - the ‘Big One’ - takes place in Adhisthana this weekend! We’ll be bringing you the best of the event online throughout the weekend: talks, interviews, podcasts, video and pictures.

The Big One remains the key young Buddhist gathering of the year, and is an opportunity for young people across Triratna to come together, meditate, make new friends and have lots of fun!

+ follow the Young Buddhists space for Dharma content. Connect with us...

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The Tara Sanctuary and Natural Burial Ground

Posted by Sadayasihi on Wed, 26 Sep, 2018 - 12:33

“Nature is, in itself, a healing environment”. 

During the 2018 Combined Order Weekend in Adhisthana, Dayajoti talks about a newly forming project - the Tara Sanctuary and Natural Burial Ground which has a vision of creating a beautiful ecological burial ground and retreat site. Here she speaks about the what the natural burial movement is about, the links between nature, death and the land, how it connects with Buddhist practice and where the project is currently at.

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Fantastic to have this posted here enabling more folks to find out and find out more about the Tara Sanctuary. Thanks for the the talk, clear and inviting as well as supporting us to naturally engage in conversations and actions about this thing called ‘death’ . A crucial conversation for us all and a non negotiable conversation for Buddhists. May all thats needed be realised. Much gratitude to those already involved.
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Thank you Ambaranta for your affirming words!  Yes, a crucial conversation!!  That’s a good way of putting it.

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Hi Dayajoti,

It’s really great to hear this interview and to have more of a sense of this inspiring project. I hope you find the land you need and can soon start to anchor the Tara sanctuary in ‘place’ as well as in vision. May this project go from strength to strength.

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Thanks Saddhanandi for taking the time to listen, and comment, with everything you have on!  Thanks for your support.

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This looks like a beautiful project Dayajoti. I do find it incredible to be part of a movement who puts their energies behind such things. I worked in a hospice for around 7 years and I have talked to many patients and carers about having a good death. I can imagine having somewhere like this would have been a great comfort to many especially the bereaved. I remember we used to be in touch with a company who made personalised cardboard coffins. They were beautiful. Have you come across this? Mind you the funeral directors did tell me some cautionary stories about them. Sadhu and much love for the project. I have some contacts here in a couple of hospices a although it’s been a while.
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5 Years of The Buddhist Centre Online: #9 Sound and Vision

Posted by Sadayasihi on Mon, 24 Sep, 2018 - 12:01

5 Years of The Buddhist Centre Online: #9 Sound and Vision

Posted by Sadayasihi on Mon, 24 Sep, 2018 - 12:01

“Now Buddhism.. uses both of these languages [the language of concepts and the language of images]… And both of these languages are of equal importance. One of these languages, that is to say the language of concepts, this appeals more to the conscious mind, to our conscious rational intelligence. But the other language, the language of images, which is much more concrete, much more vivid, much more...

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Introducing Seven-point Mind Training and The Four Reminders

Posted by Centre Team on Fri, 14 Sep, 2018 - 09:00

Introducing Seven-point Mind Training and The Four Reminders

Posted by Centre Team on Fri, 14 Sep, 2018 - 09:00

Yashobodhi is our guide for this year’s Dharma immersion online and at Triratna Centres around the world as part of the 2018 International Practice Week

To get us ready for Day 1, here we get an encouraging introduction to what the seven-point mind training has to offer anyone interested in learning to work more effectively to lessen suffering (our own and other people’s). Yashobodhi’s experience with this material shines through - as does the practical joy of engaging in this way....

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5 Years of the Buddhist Centre Online: #8 Wisdom Beyond Words

Posted by Sadayasihi on Wed, 29 Aug, 2018 - 15:30

5 Years of the Buddhist Centre Online: #8 Wisdom Beyond Words

Posted by Sadayasihi on Wed, 29 Aug, 2018 - 15:30

“The culmination of wisdom is freedom from all views. You have nothing to say. When all the answers are in your being, you have no need to keep them in your head.” - Sangharakshita (Seminar on The Door of Liberation)

The goal of Buddhism is the attainment of Enlightenment - but what is Enlightenment? One way of describing it is seeing the true nature of reality and living in accordance with that vision. An Enlightened being is free...

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Talks from Buddhafield Festival 2018

Posted by upekshapriya on Mon, 6 Aug, 2018 - 11:23

Talks from Buddhafield Festival 2018

Posted by upekshapriya on Mon, 6 Aug, 2018 - 11:23

Here are all the Triratna talks from this year’s Buddhafield Festival. The theme of the Festival was ’The Dance of Life and Death’.

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