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Adhisthana Kula - An Update On Our Work (September 2017)

Posted by ratnadharini on Sat, 23 Sep, 2017 - 13:05

Adhisthana Kula - An Update On Our Work (September 2017)

Posted by ratnadharini on Sat, 23 Sep, 2017 - 13:05

The FWBO/Triratna was formed to alleviate the suffering of the world through practising and sharing the Dharma, the teaching of the Buddha, and that remains at our heart. Over 50 years we have created an Order and Movement that have touched and transformed the lives of thousands of people around the world. The journey has been inspiring and challenging, and not without difficulties. We deeply regret where anyone’s involvement with our Order and Movement has led to suffering and...

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Great Faith, Great Wisdom Retreat Online!

Posted by Centre Team on Mon, 11 Sep, 2017 - 16:37

Great Faith, Great Wisdom Retreat Online!

Posted by Centre Team on Mon, 11 Sep, 2017 - 16:37

All this week we’ll be bringing you online resources and blogs from the Bristol Buddhist Centre’s Rainy Season Retreat on ‘Great Faith, Great Wisdom’ with Ratnaguna.

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On this retreat Ratnaguna will guide us on a journey into Amitābha’s Pure Land, Sukhāvati – a mythical realm where the ground is golden, trees are made of jewels, heavenly musical instruments play ravishing music, and magical birds sing the Dharma. It is...

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Urthona Sci-Fi and Fantasy issue

Posted by Ratnagarbha on Mon, 28 Aug, 2017 - 11:50

Urthona Sci-Fi and Fantasy issue

Posted by Ratnagarbha on Mon, 28 Aug, 2017 - 11:50

2018 ISSUE OF URTHONA ON THE THEME OF SCIENCE FICTION AND FANTASY
Please let us know if you have any thoughts about a Buddhist perspective on this kind of literature, or any author recommendations – apart from the obvious ones.

Science Fiction and Fantasy allow unfettered licence to the imagination. This can be liberating but also it has drawbacks. Many books in these genres lack emotional depth,...

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Hi Ratnagharba,

I would like to suggest a couple of names not in your list, but probably being considered i.e. to somewhat state the obvious, Michael Moorcock and J.G. Ballard.   

Sorry can’t help you with contemporary writers, though I have read some good SF in recent years. Many female writers nowadays and co-writing of SF novels. Often the term Speculative Fiction is used, which is sometimes preferable to SF, as it doesn’t always include “science”.

I borrow books from the local library, and enjoy a lot of what I read, but unfortunately I tend to forget the authors names quickly. If I read anything soon worth mentioning I’ll make a point of noting the names!

metta,

Abhayasiddhi

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Hi Ratnagarbha,

Last spring and summer I recorded a two-part podcast (over 2 hours in total) with Suvajra on his history with sci-fi, fantasy and speculative fiction. We are planning to use it as part of our next round of feature-length episodes of Buddhist Voices. Be great to tie in with this somehow!

We’ll also soon be starting an Arts blog here on The Buddhist Centre Online. We’ll set things up so anyone following it sees your posts from Urthona (even if they aren’t following this dedicated Urthona space). Just add the tag “Arts” to any posts and the system will pick it up and do the rest!

love, Candradasa

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Hi Ratnagarbha, one of my favourites regarding moral and imaginative integrity is R. Lee Smith, especially the “Lords of Arcadia” series (fantasy) and “The Hour of Gann” (scifi).

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Many thanks for the recommendations everyone. And yes I do hope we can tie in with the interview with Suvajra, which is a timely coincidence as it turns out.

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Ursula K. LeGuin (Earthsea, The Dispossed) immediately comes to my mind and then there are several novels by Doris Lessing (like The Marriages between the Zones …) which may fit. Also, I am wondering about Stanislav Lem’s rather philosophical SciFi stories & novels. Anyway, I am really looking forward to 2018 issue now that I know it’ll be about SF (and maybe that’ll inspire me to write something about related issues, too) :-))) with metta, mischa

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"... money was a kind of placeholder for life and love ..."

Posted by Liz_Bassett on Wed, 16 Aug, 2017 - 15:43

"... money was a kind of placeholder for life and love ..."

Posted by Liz_Bassett on Wed, 16 Aug, 2017 - 15:43

Money often substitutes for other things we want. But how to tell the difference? Amalavajra, a banker-turned-Buddhist fundraiser, explores how his relationship with money has changed.

Listen to an interview with Amalavajra on his life as banker and buddhist

In May 1999, at the age of twenty-five, I was a bond dealer at JP Morgan, a major US investment bank just off Fleet Street. I had always wanted to be, yes, a ‘millionaire’, and was now well...

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Metta for Everyman

Posted by dhivan thomas jones on Mon, 21 Aug, 2017 - 11:36

Metta for Everyman

Posted by dhivan thomas jones on Mon, 21 Aug, 2017 - 11:36

We are pleased to present a review of a new book from Windhorse Publications on the therapeutic use of mettā or kindness by Paramabandhu and Jed Shamel – reviewed by Paul Wielgus, himself a mindfulness teacher.

Mindful Emotion: A Short Course in Kindness by Paramabandhu Groves and Jed Shamel, Windhorse Publications, Cambridge, 2017.

review by Paul Wielgus

The first thing that struck me about Mindful Emotion – the book as well as the support on the accompanying website – was its simplicity and sheer accessibility. The book is well-structured and...

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Metta for Merida

Posted by Mokshini on Sun, 6 Aug, 2017 - 10:18

Metta for Merida

Posted by Mokshini on Sun, 6 Aug, 2017 - 10:18

Dear friends, Vajranatha, and the Triratna Sangha in Venezuela, needs our help! 

At the recent European chairs meeting Vajrnatha, the only order member in Venezuela, spoke movingly about the situation in Venezuela, and Merida, where he lives. 

In the video he says  ”I really need help…. what’s happening in Venezuela is a humanitarian crisis. I would like Triratna to be able to respond to this crisis.”

Please watch this video and share it with your sangha friends. What can we do to help the situation? Can...

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Bringing us Together

Posted by Liz_Bassett on Thu, 10 Aug, 2017 - 16:58

Bringing us Together

Posted by Liz_Bassett on Thu, 10 Aug, 2017 - 16:58

Q. There’s no shortage of Dharma materials available online, right? So why is the buddhistcentre.com so important?

Used by 60,000 people every month, free of charge, thebuddhistcentre.com is for everyone.  

It brings us together. Regardless of where we live we can share a wealth of news, video, talks and led meditations. It’s an online space where we can communicate, learn, and support each other in our practice - even attend a mitra ceremony!

Inspired to Give to FutureDharma and support thebuddhistcentre.com and our other amazing projects?

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Lotus Sutra: The image of the Plants

Posted by Charlotte Lawes on Thu, 10 Aug, 2017 - 12:31

Lotus Sutra: The image of the Plants

Posted by Charlotte Lawes on Thu, 10 Aug, 2017 - 12:31

Ratnaprabha, from West London Buddhist Centre, UK, has abridged and adapted part of the White Lotus of the Wonderful Dharma Sutra, for reading aloud. We have re-posted the lovely resource from his blog. 

From the White Lotus of the Wonderful Dharma Sutra, Chapter 5.
Abridged and adapted by Ratnaprabha for reading aloud. 
Based on the translations by Kato et al and Reeves, sub-headings not in the original.


Read Ratnaprabha’s Dharma blog

The Buddha adapts the

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Inspired to invest in the Dharma

Posted by Charlotte Lawes on Tue, 8 Aug, 2017 - 10:43

Inspired to invest in the Dharma

Posted by Charlotte Lawes on Tue, 8 Aug, 2017 - 10:43

Sanghadeva loans some of his savings to Triratna Projects.

Find out more in this post we’ve highlighted from Liz Bassett at FutureDharma Fund. 

“When you meet Sanghadeva you realise how much he values community. As his name would suggest, he’s all about sangha - he’s been living and working in communities for over 36 years.

Sanghadeva was one of the first people to move to Adhisthana in 2012. When the small community of Order members arrived to live, practise and work together there, they began to rebuild and convert the...

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New Mitra Study Module and Retreat on Dr Ambedkar

Posted by vajratara on Tue, 1 Aug, 2017 - 11:38

New Mitra Study Module and Retreat on Dr Ambedkar

Posted by vajratara on Tue, 1 Aug, 2017 - 11:38

I am writing a new mitra study module introducing Dr Ambedkar to Westerners and exploring his influence on Sangharakshita and Triratna.  I am planning to launch it on the Dhamma Revolution Retreat at Adhisthana 17-19 November, with the help of the Indian Public Preceptors.  If you are going on Convention or Pilgrimage to India next year, or if you are interested in doing this module, come to that weekend!  It’s a great opportunity to hear about Ambedkar and Triratna...

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