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A rich, full week at the European Chairs' Assembly

Posted by Munisha on Sun, 4 Sep, 2016 - 17:42

A rich, full week at the European Chairs' Assembly

Posted by Munisha on Sun, 4 Sep, 2016 - 17:42

Triratna’s European Chairs’ Assembly (ECA) and their guests have been meeting at Adhisthana since last Monday. They have spent the week creatively and very harmoniously, considering a number of matters to do with the future flourishing of Triratna.

Today we heard about the forthcoming publication of the first volume of Sangharakshita’s Complete Works – in English. Considering that just 5% of the world’s 70 million people are native English-speakers, we also heard of the work of the new,...

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The Quintessence of Compassion

Posted by akasajoti on Fri, 26 Aug, 2016 - 16:44

The Quintessence of Compassion

Posted by akasajoti on Fri, 26 Aug, 2016 - 16:44

The birds sing at dawn for you
And, after winter, Earth puts out bright flowers
The stars adorn your hair
And oceans lie like crumpled silk
Beneath your feet.
Your eyes shine with pure love.
Clouds melt in your hands
Dropping moisture to plants and streams.

Bestowing confidence, unwavering
Tara you are the perfect friend
Delighting in turning sorrow to joy
Your sole desire to heal all pain.
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The Buddha of Infinite Light

Posted by akasajoti on Fri, 26 Aug, 2016 - 16:01

The Buddha of Infinite Light

Posted by akasajoti on Fri, 26 Aug, 2016 - 16:01

Today on the Women’s Convention we have been with the Buddha of Infinite Light, Amitabha. This morning we celebrated Bhante’s birthday, and passed on gifts and cards to Suvajra, singing Happy Birthday in three languages - Dutch, English and Hindi! Then Satyajyoti and Padmabodhini invoked Amitabha’s presence with two very personal, and tender talks about their bonds with him and Maitrimala led us in the Amitabha Sadhana. We heard a reading of Bhante’s vision of Amitabha holding up...

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The Gentle-Voiced One

Posted by akasajoti on Tue, 23 Aug, 2016 - 21:52

The Gentle-Voiced One

Posted by akasajoti on Tue, 23 Aug, 2016 - 21:52

Today on the women’s Order convention we have had a full day, listening to the sound of the gentle-voiced one and dwelling in his amber realm. Sanghadevi gave a evocative talk this morning, and led us through the Manjughosa Stuti Sadhana. Then this afternoon amongst other fringe activities and sitting in the sun in the beautiful Adhisthana grounds, we listened to part of the original taped lecture on ‘The System of Meditation’ given by Bhante, which you can also listen to here. Our...

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Welcome to the 2016 Women's International Order Convention

Posted by akasajoti on Sun, 21 Aug, 2016 - 23:55

Welcome to the 2016 Women's International Order Convention

Posted by akasajoti on Sun, 21 Aug, 2016 - 23:55

Over the next week we’ll be offering as much live coverage as the Adhisthana bandwidth allows from the 2016 Women’s International Order Convention. Talks, mantras, podcasts, pictures, and videos, here on The Buddhist Centre Online.

Around 170 dharmacharinis from around the world have gathered here this evening for the convention, which opened with an introduction from Parami and a dedication ceremony in the shrine marquee. Over the week we will be dwelling with some of the Buddhas and Bodhisattvas that Bhante Sangharakshita has introduced to the Order, through a programme of...

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The Nucleus Of A New Society - Revisited

Posted by Centre Team on Fri, 19 Aug, 2016 - 21:53

The Nucleus Of A New Society - Revisited

Posted by Centre Team on Fri, 19 Aug, 2016 - 21:53

Revisiting Sangharakshita’s classic talk from the 1970s, four members of the Triratna Buddhist Order offer bold, challenging, perspectives of what it could be to engage anew with his radical vision of a new kind of society. Through the twin lenses of diversity and climate change, we hear questioning voices and affirming notions of community-based and personal Dharma practice in a suffering world. The invitation to examine our own perspectives and biases is both essential and potentially liberating, opening up...

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Welcome to the 2016 Triratna International Order Convention

Posted by Centre Team on Wed, 17 Aug, 2016 - 00:01

Welcome to the 2016 Triratna International Order Convention

Posted by Centre Team on Wed, 17 Aug, 2016 - 00:01

Over the next five days we’ll be offering as much live coverage as we can muster from the 2016 International Order Convention. Talks, mantras, podcasts, pictures, videos - here on The Buddhist Centre Online and around our social media channels. If you aren’t able to be here we’ll try and bring you a flavour of this great gathering of the Order that occurs every three years or so, with glimpses of its breadths and depths as an event. 

Join us...

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Sangharakshita's Seminars For The Digital Age - Cultivating the Heart of Patience

Posted by Candradasa on Mon, 1 Aug, 2016 - 12:11

Sangharakshita's Seminars For The Digital Age - Cultivating the Heart of Patience

Posted by Candradasa on Mon, 1 Aug, 2016 - 12:11

*Updated* Now available DRM-free for ePub and Kindle! 

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For over 40 years, we have been producing transcriptions of full-length Dharma seminars by Urgyen Sangharakshita, founder of the Triratna Buddhist Community. This previously unpublished week-long seminar on a key section of Shantideva’s classic text, ‘The Bodhicaryavatara’, is a radical digital re-imagining of what a seminar record can be in the age of the iPad.

We’ve used multi-touch to bring...

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I can understand the IOS exclusivity but still feel it’s a shame all the millions of Android users (the less wealthy, usually) are excluded from this.It’s a good start anyway, well done.

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Hi Sudaya,

Thanks for your thoughts. Without getting into the Apple v Android thing (both of whose users I’d argue are ”wealthy” relative to the majority of non-smartphone users in the world - Samsung’s Galaxy phones are amongst the most popular and aren’t cheaper than iPhones), we certainly aren’t trying to exclude anyone. Dharmachakra has been giving away the seminars for free since we took over responsibility for them and we’ll continue to do so - including the text of this one, which will be incorporated into the free archive. 

In this case, what we’re exploring and experimenting with (and looking to celebrate a bit!) is how one could make a radically different kind of tool for Dharma study that uses contemporary technology to let people go deeper into the material and understand its context; and to appeal to the next generations of users who use multi-touch, media-rich digital textbooks in education and at home. We wanted to push the boundaries a bit and see what was possible in an age where, whatever one thinks of Apple, new kinds of devices, led by the iPad, have changed the way people learn and play and inform themselves. 

When we looked at the options at the start of this project two years ago, Apple’s technology was a bit more dominant and - crucially - only they offered software that let us build something like this relatively easily. We didn’t then (and don’t quite yet) have the budgets for full-scale app development on iOS or Android, which would be the other way to go. We looked again recently to see if an Android equivalent was available now. Unfortunately there really isn’t. The closest thing to iBooks is Amazon’s Kindle Fire textbook authoring software. We tried to port over the multi-touch content using this but it was such a poor experience for the user we decided to focus on making better ePub versions for all devices, and offer standard Kindle versions for those who don’t use either Apple or Android tablets to do their digital reading (since that’s the dominant platform for digital text).

If you have access to a large-screen Apple device (Mac or iPad) I’d recommend trying the free sample to get a feel for what the technology can enable. We’ll try and make a video of the multi-touch book in action too. 

Of course, we’ll always struggle as a small, under-resourced team to keep up with the demands of producing Dharma content that is both contemporary in its approach and works on (literally) hundreds of variant devices and tens of software platforms / versions of software platforms. But we have to start somewhere, and after a lot of work we’re glad this is out in the world, even if the audience is necessarily limited. 

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This could not have come at a better time. The additional links and images make the experience of reading the seminar a more intimate one. By following the hyperlinks to seek clarification, I almost feel as if I am present and having my questions answered. Plus the elegance of the design makes reading the seminar and aesthetic experience. Thank you. 

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This is a really excellent - and useful - production. Attractive to read (and enlivened by colour and b/w illustrations), easy to access - it just goes to show how technology can improve the reading/learning process, going beyond the ‘footnotes at the bottom of the page’ or worse ‘at the end of the book’. A great advance on the old paper versions - if you can’t remember what ‘apaya’ means or implies other than ‘downfall’, you have instant access to an internet source. Of course, if you are not online, it is more restricted, though key ‘notes’ (samsara, upeksha, kshanti) are available offline. I suspect it is in process of development because a term such as virya appears adjacent to kshanti, but does not have an off-line explanation. However, that is the beauty of this iBooks format - that it can be updated and improved. Navigation is clear, with contents always accessible on one tap. With ‘period’ photos of the seminar participants themselves - led by Sangharakshita of course - projects the reader even more vividly into a ‘Bhante’ seminar, providing an insight into those rather special events. A production like this involves a considerable amount of work - in academic, coding and creative terms - but it is clearly justified. Hopefully, more to come from Dharmacakra. Jinamitra

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What a fine idea! Especially for us hearing impaired folks in rural areas! Donation to support the work on the way!

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2016 International Council - Live Coverage!

Posted by Centre Team on Sat, 30 Jul, 2016 - 18:19

2016 International Council - Live Coverage!

Posted by Centre Team on Sat, 30 Jul, 2016 - 18:19

This week the fourth Triratna International Council take place at Adhisthana. This great biennial gathering is now a central feature of the creative life of our Order and Community, as inspiring Order members gather from every continent to help shape the practice life of our sangha around the world.

As usual, we’ll be covering the week’s events live from Adhisthana - so you can stay in touch with developments and the work being done to ensure what...

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CELEBRATION OF BUDDHIST CONVERSION IN INDIA

Posted by viradhamma on Sun, 6 Dec, 2015 - 20:43

CELEBRATION OF BUDDHIST CONVERSION IN INDIA

Posted by viradhamma on Sun, 6 Dec, 2015 - 20:43

On October 22nd the Nagaloka Centre in Nagpur, India hosted a grand celebration of ‘Ashoka Vijaya Dashami’ to commemorate the Buddhist Conversion initiated by Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar in 1956.  During the day thousands of people visited Nagaloka to pay their tributes and attend a public programme.

Dhammachari Maitryeanath introduced the public programme by dicussing the significance of Dr. Ambedkar’s conversion to Buddhism as a step towards the creation of Prabuddha Bharat – an “Enlightened India” based on values of liberty, equality and fraternity.

During...

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