Community Highlights

Buddhafield Week - Part II

On Sun, 7 July, 2013 - 18:25
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As you may have read over on Triratna News, it’s been a strong time of late at Buddhafield, the Triratna project we have been featuring this summer in the run-up to their annual festival from July 17th-21st. As promised, all this week we’re having a second set of features highlighting the best of the community there, and we hope to bring you coverage (rural broadband permitting!) from some of the festival itself.

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With confirmation that Buddhafield will be taking a break at least for 2014, this is, of course, a golden opportunity to attend the festival and experience something quite unique in our community and, indeed, in the wider Buddhist world. Weekend tickets are now on sale!

Part II of our Buddhafield coverage will focus on the Dharma Parlour, the heart of Dharma explorations during the main festival, and on the many workshops and creative spaces happening around the festival site. We’ll also be featuring the very successful Family Friendly Retreat, which takes place later in August. We’re delighted to have access to the sound archives of this ground-breaking kind of Triratna retreat and will be bringing you some highlights from that as the week progresses.

In the meantime, what better way to start this second Buddhafield celebration than by quoting the community’s own vision of Dharma practice:

“We are drawn to nature as the primary context for our life and practice — to the beauty of the natural world, to the living experience of interconnectedness it gives us, to the ancient sacred sites and landscapes around us. Therefore we wish to create sanctuaries and shrines, for our own and others’ benefit; to live simply and to live lightly on the land, using appropriate technology and exemplifying best practice in all that we do.

Living in community, we aspire to include all of ourselves — to integrate work, play, practice, and our economic needs; to be receptive to our own and others’ experience, to communicate in truth and harmony, and to live as a Sangha, building a Buddhaland for the benefit of ourselves and all beings.

Because we believe in the universal value of the Dharma, and in our urgent need for a more harmonious relationship with nature, we wish to welcome others into our community and to actively go out to them, teaching the Dharma and sharing our inspiration, experience, and value.”


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