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The Chapter of the Eights

Posted by dhivan thomas jones on Sat, 21 Jan, 2017 - 17:29

The Chapter of the Eights

Posted by dhivan thomas jones on Sat, 21 Jan, 2017 - 17:29

Gil Fronsdal, The Buddha Before Buddhism: Wisdom from the Early Teachings, Shambhala, Boulder, 2016, paperback £15, 180 pages.

reviewed by Dhivan Thomas Jones

Gil Fronsdal’s new book is a translation of and commentary on ‘The Chapter of the Eights’ (Aṭṭhakavagga), the fourth chapter of the Sutta-nipāta, itself a miscellaneous collection of Pāli Buddhist verses (including such classics as the Karaṇīya-metta sutta and the Ratana sutta). I was excited when I heard about this new translation, because The Chapter of the Eights is a fascinating...

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Tonight: Stream Jnanavaca's Mandala Evening talk live from the LBC

Posted by charlotte-l on Mon, 16 Jan, 2017 - 18:10

Tonight: Stream Jnanavaca's Mandala Evening talk live from the LBC

Posted by charlotte-l on Mon, 16 Jan, 2017 - 18:10

Tune in to the London Buddhist Centre’s Facebook page at around 7.20pm UK tonight. Jnanavaca, Chair of the Centre, will be giving his annual Mandala Evening talk to kick off the year. 

https://www.facebook.com/LondonBuddhistCentre/

The spiritual community, the Sangha, is the ideal context in which we can practise the Dharma. It is also a force for good in the world and an ideal in its own right. But how is the Sangha sustained? Continuing our exploration of ‘The Four Sangharavastus’ (or Means...

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'Just Then Or Not At All'

Posted by Singhamanas on Fri, 13 Jan, 2017 - 11:29

'Just Then Or Not At All'

Posted by Singhamanas on Fri, 13 Jan, 2017 - 11:29

Fifty years ago this April, Sangharakshita founded a new Buddhist movement that was to change the lives of thousands of people. What fostered such unlikely success? Singhamanas on a unique point in history

We already know the story of the Swinging Sixties: LSD, the CND, Beats, Beatles and baby-boomers. Maybe we’re even familiar with the story of Sangharakshita, the founder of the community that the London Buddhist Centre is a part of: the young British signalman going AWOL after...

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The Endless Knot

Posted by Vishvapani on Thu, 12 Jan, 2017 - 10:36

The Endless Knot

Posted by Vishvapani on Thu, 12 Jan, 2017 - 10:36

2016 was a year of political upheaval in the UK, the USA and beyond. Are things as bad as we think? Should Buddhists get tangled up in it? Vishvapani investigates

Politics matters. I inherited this belief from my father who discovered it one November evening in 1938 when he made his way home from school in Berlin and saw the synagogue at the end of his street in flames while Nazi Brownshirts cheered and firemen stood and watched....

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The International Buddhist Youth Convention 2016

Posted by grahamclearvision on Thu, 12 Jan, 2017 - 16:27

The International Buddhist Youth Convention 2016

Posted by grahamclearvision on Thu, 12 Jan, 2017 - 16:27

In October 2016, the National Network of Buddhist Youth held its 2nd International Buddhist Youth Convention in Bordharan in India, attended by Order members and GFR mitras from all around the world.

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People To People In India!

Posted by Centre Team on Mon, 9 Jan, 2017 - 19:46

People To People In India!

Posted by Centre Team on Mon, 9 Jan, 2017 - 19:46

People to People in Nagpur, India have been posting some inspiring stories about the work they do recently. Check them out! 

People to People is focused on enabling educational development by empowering women, children and youth via various provided programmes such as:

  • women’s self-help groups 
  • self reliance support (backed up with micro finance) to help set up women’s business
  • pre-schooling for the children of immigrants 
  • outdoor primary schooling for nomadic tribes’ children
  • karate skills for building confidence amongst youth in the slums
  • personality support towards self-development
  • study and training clubs
  • free four-wheeler driving classes for young people

People to People is...

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Finding Out More About Early Buddhist Women

Posted by dhivan thomas jones on Wed, 28 Dec, 2016 - 12:52

Finding Out More About Early Buddhist Women

Posted by dhivan thomas jones on Wed, 28 Dec, 2016 - 12:52

With this post we present another fine review by Sarah Clelland of a recent work of scholarship on women monastics in early Buddhism.

Alice Collett, Lives of Early Buddhist Nuns: Biographies as History, Oxford University Press, India, 2016

Review by Sarah Clelland

In Lives of Early Buddhist Nuns Alice Collett, now lecturer at Nālanda University in India, explores changing attitudes to women in Buddhism through the stories of six early nuns: Dhammadinnā, Khemā, Kisāgotamī, Paṭācārā, Bhaddā Kuṇḍalakesā and Uppalavaṇṇā. In the first half...

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Triratna NewsByte Collection 6 - November 2016

Posted by upekshapriya on Fri, 18 Nov, 2016 - 12:47

Triratna NewsByte Collection 6 - November 2016

Posted by upekshapriya on Fri, 18 Nov, 2016 - 12:47

The collection of NewsBytes to celebrate Sangha Day
00:13 Opening the new Vajrasana Retreat Centre
12:41 Celebrating 20 years of the Manchester Buddhist Centre on Turner St
19:54 The Jai Bhim Network in Hungary
35:08 The Forest Garden in Devon
43:57 The first online Mitra ceremony
52:13 Triratna Around The World - Triratna Days in Essen

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Priyananda Introduces Mindfully Facing Disease and Death

Posted by Giulietta - Win... on Tue, 29 Nov, 2016 - 13:02

Priyananda Introduces Mindfully Facing Disease and Death

Posted by Giulietta - Win... on Tue, 29 Nov, 2016 - 13:02

Mindfully Facing Disease and Death, Bhikkhu Anālayo’s newest book, has been out for over a month, and is selling steadily. Our Publishing Director, Priyananda, explores the highlights/importance of this book in this 5-minute video, also an audio track on Soundcloud.

Priyananda Introduces Mindfully Facing Disease and Death by Bhikkhu Anālayo from Windhorse Publications on Vimeo.

Bhikkhu Anālayo was ordained in 1995 in Sri Lanka and completed a PhD on the...