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Watch the Sangharakshita Anniversary Livestream Here!

Wed, 30 Oct, 2019 - 18:04

Watch the Sangharakshita Anniversary Livestream Here!

Wed, 30 Oct, 2019 - 18:04

Updated: view picture and clips on Instagram

‘Seeing Bhante - A Personal Perspective’

We will be live streaming Jnanavaca’s talk ‘Seeing Bhante - A Personal Perspective’ on Wednesday 30th October 7.30pm GMT. 

Jnanavaca reflects on the significance of Sangharakshita’s life, exactly one year after his death.

The talk will be live here as well as on the site home page, the Sangharakshita Memorial space and on our facebook page

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Thank you Buddhist Centre Online for live streaming that. Thank you Adhisthana for hosting, and particular thanks to Jnanavaca for a very moving and inspiring talk! x Prajnagita  

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Thanks for the live stream and a very special talk. 

warm wishes from Madrid,

Nagesvara and Amalasiri

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Thank you, Jnanavaca, for a moving and truly inspiring talk. I’m very glad that you have the experience you have and have had, of Bhante Sangharakshita. And I’m pleased to hear someone else who dreams – or have dreamt – of Bhante, and has that blessed connection. I’m sure there are many of us, but many who don’t make much fuss about it or talk much about it. There were many aspects of the talk I appreciated, as well as Saddhanandi’s introduction and summing up. Holding those different aspects or sides of Bhante is somewhat a challenge, or maybe it was more a challenge before for me, but its certainly still needs doing. And appreciating those depths without loosing sight of Bhante’s more human, fallible sides.

I also enjoyed the video Remembering Sangharakshita through his friends. 

Much love, Viryabodhi 
(from the cold north, Sweden!)

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Thank you so much for a very inspiring talk Jnanavaca.

Much metta,

Sudipta (From Pune,India)

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Podcast - Working in an Online Team: A Buddhist Perspective

Wed, 30 Oct, 2019 - 17:31

This podcast features the Dharmachakra team - who bring you The Buddhist Centre Online website and platform, Free Buddhist Audio, podcasts like this one, event coverage, technical support and more besides!

As part of an online practice week in August some of this team gathered to talk about the Dharma and how they practice it in the context of their lives - in particular, in a busy, online ‘team-based right livelihood’, working with other Buddhists, bringing in...

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Radical Dharma in Triratna - Looking Back and Ahead in Principle and Practice / Dharma radical en Triratna: mirando hacia atrás y hacia adelante en principio y práctica (con traducción al espanol)

Sun, 27 Oct, 2019 - 04:21

From the 2019 Triratna Buddhist Order Pan-American Convention in Mexico, an excellent triad of short talks looking at what it means to be radical in the context of our history as a community - and what it might mean in future.

Upekshamati, founder of much of the Triratna community’s presence in Mexico, starts us off with a précis and his personal response to Sangharakshita’s talk from 1999 - ‘Looking Ahead A Little Way’

Aryajaya picks up the theme by giving her...

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Lokeshvara sees his “8 Principles of the Order” as a work-in-progress. Here they are for easy reference in this talk. 

  1. Going for Refuge to the Three Jewels for the sake of Awakening for all beings is the definitive act of a Buddhist life.
  2. The principle focus is the historical Buddha, Shakyamuni, but we draw on the whole Buddhist tradition.
  3. Open to change and adpatation, assessing new teachings in terms of the Middle Way.
  4. Providing a unified and coherent body of teachings that allows for common discussion and clarification.
  5. Open to all spiritual temperaments.
  6. Recognising the importance of the imagination, art and culture.
  7. Kalyana mitrata as the fundamental mode of communication in the Order.
  8. Creating contexts for intensity of engagement.
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Lokeshvara considera sus “8 Principios de la Orden” como un trabajo en proceso. Aquí se encuentran para fácil referencia en esta charla.

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Lokeshvara’s talk was incredible. I think that it will.be a game-changer for many people. His exploration of the principles of Bhante’s six emphases was personal, reasonable and in a way radical. Individuals with doubts and questions about the future of the Order may find this talk very helpful and hopeful. What a wonderful Convention! This talk and the vitality, warmth, and dedication of the Mexican sangha and the time spent with my Preceptor, Sanghadevi made this a very inspiring experience. Thank you ! Viriyagita
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Las Sietas Magníficas (en español) - Podcast de la Convención Panamericana

Sun, 27 Oct, 2019 - 03:26

Ya transcurrieron un par de días desde que inició la Convención Panamericana. En el comedor se pueden oír conversaciones en inglés y en español, incluso hay quien sirve de traductor para aquel que lo necesita. En este espacio, donde flores y el canto de los pájaros enmarcan las actividades de la convención, tuvieron la oportunidad de reunirse una vez mas. 

Hace poco mas de dos años tomaba lugar su retiro de ordenación en este mismo sitio; alguien tuvo...

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Sugar Skull Shrines and Sugar Cane Fields: Transformation in Mexico at the Pan-American Convention

Fri, 25 Oct, 2019 - 05:20

Sugar Skull Shrines and Sugar Cane Fields: Transformation in Mexico at the Pan-American Convention

Fri, 25 Oct, 2019 - 05:20

Chintamani Retreat Centre is a strikingly beautiful venue for Dharma practice in any season. And as we move towards November celebrations around the Day of the Dead here in México, the 2019 Pan-American Order Convention is underway, calling us to dwell on the impermanence of things, the impermanence of us.

Fittingly for a place built from scratch 15 years ago on old sugar cane fields and surrounded by sugar cane hills, our beautiful shrine is adorned...

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That sounds an excellently potent ritual, collectively and individually. A lighter, literally sweet approach to impermanence inseparable from deeper reflection, tending to ultimate insubstantiality.  A beautiful blend of your cultural heritage and Buddha Dharma.  Wonderful !!!  Great Metta to all at the convention  🙏🏻 🌞 🌜

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Pan-American Convention 2019 - Online Dharma Coverage!

Thu, 24 Oct, 2019 - 13:44

Pan-American Convention 2019 - Online Dharma Coverage!

Thu, 24 Oct, 2019 - 13:44

It’s a busy time in Triratna around the world, and here on The Buddhist Centre. Last week the livestream of ordinations from Mexico City and the corresponding great ordination of 31 Dharma farers from India.

This weekend we’ll have coverage of The Big One, Young Buddhists gathering from Adhisthana. And tomorrow we’ll also be beginning a week’s worth of online Dharma coverage from the Triratna Pan-American Convention 2019, live from the beautiful Chintamani Retreat Centre in...

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Hi there,

you list Canada & North America …. North America is Canada, The Unites States of America & The United Mexican States ( los Estados Unidos Mexicanos ). It’s an important distinction to make as to state the USA is North America is inaccurate, misleading and leads to views that  are unhelpful.

hope you are all having a great convention. Viva Mexico !

love

Sthirabandhu

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Post now clarified, Sthirabandhu! Hope you are well!

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👏🏼💐🙏🏼🧘🏻‍♂️
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Your +follow link to convention leads to Sangharakshita’s death anniversary post. 🙂

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Thanks, Sanghamani. We’ve replace it with something more relevant! 

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This Weekend - Live coverage of the 'Big One'

Tue, 22 Oct, 2019 - 16:32

This Weekend - Live coverage of the 'Big One'

Tue, 22 Oct, 2019 - 16:32

“…while still young, a black-haired young person endowed with the blessings of youth, in the prime of life, I shaved off my hair and beard, put on the yellow robe, and went forth from the home life into homelessness.” - Majjhima Nikaya, 36

The 2019 Triratna Young Buddhists’ Retreat (the ‘Big One’) takes place at Adhisthana this weekend. This year’s theme is ‘Blueprint for a New Society’, following in the archetypal footsteps of the Buddha, leaving behind the world of technology, busyness, and the...

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Watch the Mexican Ordinations Livestream Here!

Sun, 20 Oct, 2019 - 14:36

Watch the Mexican Ordinations Livestream Here!

Sun, 20 Oct, 2019 - 14:36

Updated: view picture and clips on Instagram

The ordinations will be live streaming on Sunday 20th of October at 1pm local time / 2pm EST / 7pm UK / 8pm CET / 11.30pm India / 5am Sydney (Monday 21st) / 7am Auckland (Monday 21st).

La ceremonia pública se llevará a cabo en el Centro Budista de la Cuidad de México el día 20 de Octubre a las 13 horas hora local.

The public ordinations will be live here, as...

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Que ilusión! Gracias por compartir :-)

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Bidding Farewell to Harold Bloom

Sat, 19 Oct, 2019 - 19:09

Bidding Farewell to Harold Bloom

Sat, 19 Oct, 2019 - 19:09

Here is a new appreciation of the critic and writer Harold Bloom, who died on October 14th 2019.

Vishvapani is a writer, broadcaster and Buddhist mindfulness teacher. His writing can be found at Wise Attention.

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The sadness I feel at learning of the death, aged 89, of the great literary critic Harold Bloom, is softened only by my incredulity that he was living at all; that is, living in a modern world to which he seemed so alien....

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Here is Vishvapani’s appreciation of Harold Bloom for download as a PDF.

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Thank you Vishvapani for an articulate and heartfelt appreciation of this remarkable man. Your penultimate paragraph is particularly powerful. Looking forward to a conversation…one day! (And I enjoyed re-visiting the Dharma Life interview again)

Metta, Siladasa, Melbourne

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It would be great to speak some time

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What a heartfelt, thoughtful and often profound article to read on a chilly commute this late October morning. Thank you for lots of things in it but especially an appreciation of the role of the critic . I’m currently dipping into Clive James collection of writings on poetry and admiring  the wisdom and generosity that comes from a lifelong dedication to appreciating the art of others. 

I remember your original Dharma Life article vividly, ”There’s so much rubble In the self.” he said at one point. Has haunted me ever since. 

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Ordinations Live From Mexico City - 2019 Edition!

Thu, 17 Oct, 2019 - 19:23

Ordinations Live From Mexico City - 2019 Edition!

Thu, 17 Oct, 2019 - 19:23

Updated: watch the ordination video here | view pictures and clips on Instagram

A couple of years ago in spring 2017, we were delighted to bring you live coverage of public ordinations taking place in Mexico City. It was a total delight to have so many people around the world tune in for it! 

So we are doubly delighted to let you know that this Sunday (20th) we will be bringing you a second live stream of ordinations from...

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Silaratna's picture

Don’t they look happy! 

Seven newly emerged Order beings, resplendent in there ‘Going for Refuge blue sky sunyata’ robes. Sadhu!

Vajranatha's picture

Serán las 2pm en Venezuela