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Amalavajra - Your Money or Your Life

From Free Buddhist Audio on Tue, 26 Oct, 2021 - 17:30

Amalavajra - Your Money or Your Life

From Free Buddhist Audio on Tue, 26 Oct, 2021 - 17:30

Money makes for wonderful means but terrible ends. If we focus our life a mere symbol of relative value then we risk alienating ourselves from the very things we seek - love, meaning and rich experience. Could money instead be a means to not just a better world, but to Enlightenment itself?

Amalavajra is an ex-City broker turned fundraiser. This talk was given to a public audience as part of the June 2014 ‘BAM’ series: ...

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India - Compassion in Action (One World, One Sangha)

Tue, 26 Oct, 2021 - 05:00

India - Compassion in Action (One World, One Sangha)

Tue, 26 Oct, 2021 - 05:00

Our Sanghas in India continue to be particularly hard hit by the Covid pandemic, and are now facing a potential third wave.

Our Ordination Teams in India continue to lead their Sangha in providing a coordinated and wholehearted response to the immediate practical needs of the people around them. People who thought they had been forgotten. 

Starting in March 2020, they have provided emergency food and medicines to people regardless of caste or religion. And with their generosity they’ve made manifest a vision of what...

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Building a Better Future (One World, One Sangha)

Mon, 25 Oct, 2021 - 05:00

Building a Better Future (One World, One Sangha)

Mon, 25 Oct, 2021 - 05:00

Yesterday we featured Kusaladevi’s fundraising support work that helped so many of our local Buddhist Centres not only survive the pandemic but thrive. We didn’t just want Triratna to survive - we wanted to help it continue to grow and reach out to more people.

The Triratna York Buddhist Group UK reached out to us and asked for help to convert an old empty shop and create York’s first Buddhist Centre. As they were planning to do this at a time when...

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Keeping our Buddhist Centres Thriving (One World, One Sangha)

Sun, 24 Oct, 2021 - 05:00

Keeping our Buddhist Centres Thriving (One World, One Sangha)

Sun, 24 Oct, 2021 - 05:00

Yesterday we featured the work our fabulous Triratna Translations Board are doing to to ensure that everyone can benefit from Dharma talks online. Talking about all the many different languages in which members of our Triratna sangha practice reminded me of the preciousness of our local contexts.

Our International Sangha is of course made up of the net of Triratna’s local sanghas. Without these there is no International Sangha. 

As soon as the Covid pandemic took hold FutureDharma committed to helping Triratna get online. Alongside this we...

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Are we speaking the same language? (One World, One Sangha)

Sat, 23 Oct, 2021 - 05:00

Are we speaking the same language? (One World, One Sangha)

Sat, 23 Oct, 2021 - 05:00

In our last stories we shared how Alex in Brazil, Zoe in Singapore, and Celia in New Zealand practice in our Sangha online from very different contexts. What they all have in common is being able to participate in classes and practice days in English. But what if you don’t speak English? 

Our fantastic Triratna Translation Board already translate Dharma books into many languages of course. And in the last 18 months they’ve thrown themselves into our new online environment - Perhaps you heard them translating...

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From Ireland to New Zealand and back again (One World, One Sangha)

Fri, 22 Oct, 2021 - 05:00

From Ireland to New Zealand and back again (One World, One Sangha)

Fri, 22 Oct, 2021 - 05:00

Although she’s originally from New Zealand, Celia has lived in Dublin for 14 years. She’s a member of the Dublin Sangha and loves the Dharma classes there.

In spring 2020 Celia travelled to New Zealand on what she thought would be a 2-week trip to see her family. But New Zealand went into lockdown and she found herself stranded on the other side of the world from her life back in Dublin, Ireland.

It was a really tough time for Celia. She needed to find...

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When your local sangha is online (One World, One Sangha)

Thu, 21 Oct, 2021 - 05:00

When your local sangha is online (One World, One Sangha)

Thu, 21 Oct, 2021 - 05:00

In yesterday’s post we shared Alex’s experience of being able to reach out online, along with his sangha in Brazil, and practice with our international Sangha. 

Zoe lives in Singapore, and unlike Alex, doesn’t have a local sangha. In fact Zoe is the only practising member of Triratna in Singapore. Her nearest sanghas are in Australia and India! Despite this Zoe is a Mitra and is training for Ordination.  

We all know the importance of having a local sangha where we can study and practice and share...

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Being part of our International Sangha (One World, One Sangha)

Wed, 20 Oct, 2021 - 05:00

Being part of our International Sangha (One World, One Sangha)

Wed, 20 Oct, 2021 - 05:00

Alex lives in Sao Paulo Brazil. He loves being part his sangha and helps Manjupriya, the only Order member in Brazil, run their activities. Theirs is the only Triratna sangha in Brazil. In fact their nearest neighbours are our Sangha in Merida, Venezuela - 2,700 miles away!  

Being able to take part in International Sangha Day: A Festival of Light was an unexpected and precious opportunity for Alex and his sangha. It’s not possible for him to travel from Brazil to go on...

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A Dharma Toolkit for Uncertain Times (One World, One Sangha)

Tue, 19 Oct, 2021 - 05:00

A Dharma Toolkit for Uncertain Times (One World, One Sangha)

Tue, 19 Oct, 2021 - 05:00

When the pandemic hit in spring 2020 many of us went into immediate lockdowns. As our local Buddhist Centres were forced to close their doors many worked with tremendous resource and ingenuity to move their sanghas online. It really was incredible to see.

The Buddhist Centre Online team responded with a gift to our Sangha in the form of the Dharma Toolkit for Uncertain Times. This almost magical resource of podcasts, talks, retreats, courses, and live meditation sessions...

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Future Dharma Renewed! (The Buddhist Centre Podcast, Episode 423)

Sun, 17 Oct, 2021 - 23:59

A full Dharma life: you can come to it from anywhere, and it will lead you in unimagined ways… From the investment banking hothouses of the City of London, to visionary experiences in a field with Green Tara and the Chemical Brothers at the Glastonbury Festival, here are stories told by a team of people dedicating their work to setting up conditions for a future where the great hope of the Buddhist path is available to all.

We...