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Pathways to the Beautiful Mind: Bristol Rains Retreat 2019

Sat, 27 Apr, 2019 - 13:55

Pathways to the Beautiful Mind: Bristol Rains Retreat 2019

Sat, 27 Apr, 2019 - 13:55

The 2019 Bristol Rains Retreat is now underway! This year’s theme is ‘Pathways to the Beautiful Mind’ which will be using the framework of the Satipatthana Sutta and the 5 spiritual faculties to cultivate receptivity to beauty and truth, while allowing the whole range of our experience to be known. The retreat is being led by Vajradevi who will be exploring the theme through the ‘pathways’ of meditation, reflection, input, discussion and ritual.

We will be sharing the talks from this retreat as it happens over...

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Here’s Vajradevi’s blog for anyone who’s interested in finding out more about what she does - https://uncontrivedmindfulness.wordpress.com/

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Podcast - An Update from The Sikkha Project

Fri, 19 Apr, 2019 - 09:20

“The idea is that, at some point, it won’t be a project; it’ll just be more like how we do things”

The Sikkha Project aims to support the development of training within Triratna for every level of experience, to discover and share how the different elements of our system of practice are taught and practiced most effectively, and to create resources and training to fill any gaps.

Here’s a conversation with Dhammamegha, currently co-ordinating this project, explaining its origins, who’s involved and the ‘shopping...

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Danayutta - Depth Charges

Thu, 18 Apr, 2019 - 14:15

“Someone said to me, on one’s ordination retreat, depth charges are planted - and you never know when they are going to go off…”

Danayutta was working as an investment banker in London when she first decided to go on a 10-day retreat with the London Buddhist Centre. This retreat changed the direction of her life - she realised that she wanted to commit to the Dharma life rather than pursuing her career, working on a busy trading floor.

Because probably by the time

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Ananda - Recollections of Bhante

Mon, 15 Apr, 2019 - 12:22

“So my impression of Bhante was that he was a magician who had some secrets that I wanted to get…

Ananda was ordained into the Triratna Buddhist Order (then the Western Buddhist Order) on the 7th April 1968, which makes him the most long-standing member of our Order. 

In this full and frank conversation with Satyalila, Ananda speaks about his own spiritual journey in the Triratna Buddhist Order and his relationship with Bhante, Urgyen Sangharakshita, the founder of that Order.

From his first impressions of...

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Podcast - Vidyadevi on 'The Complete Works of Sangharakshita'

Mon, 8 Apr, 2019 - 13:50

There’s something about coming at it all fresh and trying to see the patterns in it and bring it together in its different ‘baskets’…

Vidyadevi is an editor of ‘The Complete Works of Sangharakshita’ which aims to be the definitive edition of Sangharakshita’s life’s work as a Buddhist writer and teacher.

In this conversation she talks about the various different people who are involved in making this project happen, its significance, what it’s like working on it now that Sangharakshita has died, and her...

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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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