“Do not use Buddhism to protect yourself from life… use it to celebrate life”
Manjusvara - poet, musician, fundraiser - died while leading at retreat at Dhanakosa in 2011. Here he is, in 2007, giving a talk marking the twentieth anniversary of his ordination.
He explores the history of his engagement with the Triratna Buddhist Order (previously the Western Buddhist Centre), starting with his first encounter with the London Buddhist Centre and taking in many significant learnings along the way...
“It’s more than the talks and the meditation and the puja - amazing as I’m sure they’ll all be - it’s also the gathering of hearts and minds, the chatting over cups of tea, the workshops…and just being together in that space.”
The 2019 Triratna International Gathering is fast approaching - it’s a wonderful opportunity for those in our community to come together to share their practice and inspiration and to develop friendships. But what’s it like to...
Kiranada is an ordained Buddhist, a traveler, a renowned artist in (cruelty-free) silk, a teacher, an author and a Mom. Here she is at the Portsmouth Public Library in June 2019, reading from her book ‘A Year Of Silence’, an account of her year-long silent, solitary retreat in the New Zealand bush.
As one of her last engagements before heading off to Kentucky and Missouri to begin a further 3-year solitary, silent retreat, this is a wonderful opportunity to hear what it...
“Where do you feel confident? Where do you feel skilled? What supports your practice?”
The Order Practice survey, the latest development from the Sikkha project, will be launching next week! One of the Sikkha Project’s key aims is to support spiritual practice in our community and the Order Practice survey is a tool to help this come about.
The purpose of the Order Practice survey is threefold:
to gather information about how Order members are practising
The Suvana (meaning ‘happy realm’) project aims to develop Buddhist co-housing in Cambridge, UK. It will be newly built, sustainable, low carbon footprint development, with the community inspired by Buddhist values.
Here’s a conversation with Tejasvini and Jeremy Peters, both involved in the project, discussing co-housing as a response to the housing crisis, their plans for sustainable features, affordability, Buddhist almhouses and more.
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...
“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...
“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.
“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.