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Ratnaprabha's re-rendering of the Dhammacakkappavattana Sutta

Posted by charlotte-l on Tue, 11 Jul, 2017 - 14:32

Ratnaprabha's re-rendering of the Dhammacakkappavattana Sutta

Posted by charlotte-l on Tue, 11 Jul, 2017 - 14:32

Marking Dharma Day, the anniversary of the Buddha’s first teaching - the Turning of the Wheel of the Dharma - Ratnaprabha has re-rendered this very previous sutta. 

Ratnaprabha has an excellent blog and and this latest English addition of the Dhammacakkappavattana Sutta, posted a few days ago, has already attracted positive comments on social media:

“Thanks Ratnaprabha, marvellous how you render such meaningful yet everyday English from the bare bones.” Vajrapriya

“Thank you. This translation is direct and down to earth and avoids any hint of...

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Mainland Europe Young Buddhist Convention 2017

Posted by charlotte-l on Wed, 5 Jul, 2017 - 10:40

Mainland Europe Young Buddhist Convention 2017

Posted by charlotte-l on Wed, 5 Jul, 2017 - 10:40

A lotus with seventy petals – a symbol for one European young Buddhist sangha

by Marieke

From Friday the 2nd, until Sunday the 4th of June, the first Mainland Europe Young Buddhist Convention was held in Berlin. Seventy young Buddhists from ten European countries came together to explore the theme ‘one sangha’. How can young Buddhists from different countries become one sangha? The relationship between unique individuals in all their diversity vs. their commonalities and shared values, was the central topic of the weekend.

Seventy petals

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Silent action in Ghent

Posted by arthakusalin on Sun, 25 Jun, 2017 - 22:32

Silent action in Ghent

Posted by arthakusalin on Sun, 25 Jun, 2017 - 22:32

We did some silent sittings in the city of Ghent to express the value of more stilness and silence in daily life. Several people were sympathetic, several others were not interested, we got one or two a bit more harsh reactions and two people joined us in silent sitting….We will probably do more silent sittings in autumn. It is quite challenging to meditate in the open, just sitting, very vulnerable and at the same time rather vigorous. It tastes like more…....

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Well done.. Great initiative Arthakusalin and others! Wish I was there..

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Clear Vision Trust: a Dharmapala

Posted by Liz_Bassett on Mon, 26 Jun, 2017 - 09:00

Clear Vision Trust: a Dharmapala

Posted by Liz_Bassett on Mon, 26 Jun, 2017 - 09:00

Q: What’s the absolutely best thing about working for FutureDharma Fund?

A: Knowing that we’re helping you support some amazing Triratna projects.

Each month we’re going to bring you news from one of them. First up in June - Clear Vision Trust

Now 50 years old, Triratna has grown and spread across the globe. We all practice in a diverse range of settings. Yet whether we’re part of a large urban sangha, attend a small local group, live in a community, on our own or in...

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I love working with the guys at Clear Vision Trust - such a fab bunch and great at what they do. 

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#Triratna50. The world needs what you've been given. Pass it on.

Posted by Liz_Bassett on Mon, 19 Jun, 2017 - 14:21

#Triratna50. The world needs what you've been given. Pass it on.

Posted by Liz_Bassett on Mon, 19 Jun, 2017 - 14:21

Can Triratna really help change this suffering world?

Terrorism, environmental degradation, the consumerist tide of distraction and dissatisfaction: sometimes the world can seem broken.

Triratna is entering its next 50 years. Can Triratna offer more people ways to stay sane in a confusing world: ways to connect, to grow and to give?

FutureDharma Fund believes it can. The only long term solution to suffering is enough movements like ours creating a wave of kindness and wisdom in the world. Only this will transform the forces of...

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An Interview with Paramabandhu on His New Book - Mindful Emotion: A Short Course in Kindness

Posted by Giulietta - Win... on Fri, 26 May, 2017 - 13:48

How did Paramabandhu and Jed Shamel’s latest book come about? Who does it reach? Are there any challenges to bringing kindness into Mindfulness teaching?

Find out in this interview with Paramabandhu. His new book Mindful Emotion: A Short Course in Kindness is available from Windhorse Publications.

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Can Can Cancer Dancer by Devamitra

Posted by charlotte-l on Sat, 20 May, 2017 - 20:34

Can Can Cancer Dancer by Devamitra

Posted by charlotte-l on Sat, 20 May, 2017 - 20:34

Making the most of adversity: Devamitra turns cancer into his spiritual friend 

Reposted from the London Buddhist Centre’s blog, Devamitra writes….

“When I first saw it, my mind went straight to Keats — “… that drop of blood is my death warrant — I must die.” He had spat it from his lungs, but my blood had gushed out at the head of my urine. There was no mistaking it any longer; that slightly muddy colour, which for weeks had escaped at the beginning whenever I passed water,...

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Dear Devamitra,

What a remarkable piece of writing from a remarkable man! Of course, I know it’s not ‘just writing’. Thank you for sharing your experience so eloquently and uncompromisngly. I wish that your bodily health returns, that you are progressively free from pain, and that you never, ever, swerve from equilibrium.

With much metta,

Ashvajit 

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Dear Devamitra what a brilliant piece of writing to remind us that bodies have a life of their own.  I want to write that I hope that the chemotherapy and side effects are not too dire however this is rarely the case.  BUT and this is a big BUT what you do have is a brilliant mind and what comes through, a sense of humour.  So very best wishes to you, and stay off the bike.  Love Saddhasuri

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Thank you for sharing this Devamitra, and with your characteristic humour and uncompromising Dharmic perspective.

Warm wishes, 

Amalavajra

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Dear Devamitra, at last I have found how to reply to your unputdownable report: thank you so much. I found it gripping, interesting (in learning about the processes you describe), amusing and inspiring. I have just moved into a delightful retirement community and have become more aware than ever of the reality of old age, sickness and death. With huge appreciation, and gratitude and hoping to read your sequel. And very best wishes for the continuing chemotherapy. Love, Dharmavajri

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Dear Devamitra,

Thank you for sharing your experiences with such courage,  humour and transparency.   When it’s my turn for my body to go awry I’ll aspire to take your exemplification as my model.   In the meantime, “Equilibrium of mind is more important than life” is prominently on my notice board !   Warm wishes for the best possible journey forward.

Love from DHAMMAPATTIYA x

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Indian Pilgrimage February 2018 - From the Bodhi Tree to Triratna

Posted by Dhammavijaya on Fri, 28 Apr, 2017 - 20:14

Indian Pilgrimage February 2018 - From the Bodhi Tree to Triratna

Posted by Dhammavijaya on Fri, 28 Apr, 2017 - 20:14

To coincide with the International Conventions, the India Dhamma Trust is arranging a special pilgrimage for Order members and Mitras who wish to gain a living experience of the unity of Triratna.

From the heartlands of Ancient Buddhism, order members and mitras will follow itineraries that attend the Order or Mitra conventions at Bodh Gaya, and take in the traditional pilgrimage sites of Shravasti, Kusinara, Lumbini, Vaishali and Sarnath, before combining to travel to Nagpur to explore Triratna...

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International Gathering 2017 - the programme

Posted by Mokshini on Sun, 30 Apr, 2017 - 15:39

International Gathering 2017 - the programme

Posted by Mokshini on Sun, 30 Apr, 2017 - 15:39

Click +follow above to receive regular updates on programme additions. 

The overall theme for the gathering is Our Future Dharma — What the World Needs Now

On the Friday, Saturday and Sunday morning of the event we will listen to talks by Prajnaketu (European Young Buddhists Coordinator), Dhammamegha (International Council Secretary) and Arthakusalin (Chair of Ghent Buddhist Centre) - they will explore the Three Jewels as gifts we have to give the world.

Each afternoon will be taken up by a range of workshops which...

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Last chance to apply for our BAM women's Karuna appeal!

Posted by Sanghamani on Mon, 1 May, 2017 - 16:33

Last chance to apply for our BAM women's Karuna appeal!

Posted by Sanghamani on Mon, 1 May, 2017 - 16:33

Do something radical this BAM and come and join our next 6 week’s women’s Karuna appeal which begins on June 10th in London.

By becoming a Karuna fundraiser you can directly changes the lives of thousands of dalit and tribal people who face discrimination, inequality and oppression in India and Nepal.

Karuna is one of Triratna’s flagship team based right livelihoods and has been initiating social work and Dharma projects amongst some of the Worlds poorest and most disadvantaged communities since 1980. Most of £1.5...