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Rainbows in the Sky - a new piece of writing by Sangharakshita

Posted by Sadayasihi on Fri, 2 Feb, 2018 - 11:32

Rainbows in the Sky - a new piece of writing by Sangharakshita

Posted by Sadayasihi on Fri, 2 Feb, 2018 - 11:32

In this piece completed on 22 January 2018, Sangharakshita recalls rainbows from his childhood days through to his Going Forth in 1947 and most recently as appeared over Adhisthana on his ninetieth birthday. And he affirms the place of Padmasambhava - the Rainbow-bodied one - in the life of the Order from the very beginning, and explains that a remark he made in 2009 about a re-founding of the Order “can only be in...

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Tuesday Meditation: Exploring the Dhyanas

Posted by Rijupatha on Tue, 30 Jan, 2018 - 17:02

Tuesday Meditation: Exploring the Dhyanas

Posted by Rijupatha on Tue, 30 Jan, 2018 - 17:02

The dhyanas (or jhanas) are concentrated mental states where distracted mind falls away, a more refined awareness steps in, and deep contentment is cultivated. In this four-week series we’ll explore the dhyanas in meditation and try to catch a glimpse of them for ourselves.

Meditation sessions begin at 2:30pm ET / 7:30pm UK on Google Hangout, and the series will be on the following dates:
Jan 30
Feb 6
Feb 13
Feb 20

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Tom Schulte's picture

I did donate for the Online meditations and then I donated again for the Mitra study course. Is it necessary on your end to know which was which?

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That’s very kind of you Thomas! Thank you so much!  :) No, not necessary to know which is which, we’ve already got you down for your donation to the mitra study. See you soon!

Marcia's picture

Hi, I’d love to join the Tuesday online meditation, but have been unable to join your circle to let you know I am here! Please can someone let me know what to do to join.

Thanks

Marcia

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Hi Marcia! I think I’ve figured out how to add you to the online meditators circle, so hopefully you’ll get notifications of meditations now. Hope we get to see you! :)

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Great. Thanks :o)

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'The Bodhisattvas are also necessary' - a new piece of writing by Sangharakshita

Posted by Sadayasihi on Wed, 24 Jan, 2018 - 11:49

'The Bodhisattvas are also necessary' - a new piece of writing by Sangharakshita

Posted by Sadayasihi on Wed, 24 Jan, 2018 - 11:49

Written in early 2018, in this piece Sangharakshita commences with a story told to him by one of his teachers, and from there he goes on to reflect on the significance of Bodhisattvas in his life and that of all Buddhists.

This piece is open to all and can be read on Sangharakshita’s website: ‘The Bodhisattva’s are also necessary’ along with other articles also written by him, including a recent one about Green...

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Some Thoughts on Motherhood: the Path of Loving and Letting Go by Punyamala

Posted by punyamala on Tue, 23 Jan, 2018 - 10:00

Some Thoughts on Motherhood: the Path of Loving and Letting Go by Punyamala

Posted by punyamala on Tue, 23 Jan, 2018 - 10:00

In this article, I want to explore my experience of being a Dharmacharini and a mother. The lifestyle that we live is significant as it creates the conditions in which we shall be practicing the Dharma and not all life styles are equally supportive of spiritual practice. The conditions in which we live will unquestionably have an effect on our Dharma life. Being a Buddhist in a secular, material society is hard. Being a mother is demanding so anyone who...

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Me and Babies by Dhammadinna

Posted by Dhammadinna on Sun, 21 Jan, 2018 - 10:00

Me and Babies by Dhammadinna

Posted by Dhammadinna on Sun, 21 Jan, 2018 - 10:00

This is my personal story of my decision, as a Dharmacharini, as to whether or not to have a baby. It is explored within the mores (conventions) of the time in Triratna.

I was 20 years old, and in my last year at University, when I became accidentally pregnant. I knew that I did not want a child at that point in my life. I had thought, however, since I was a child playing with my dollies, that I would have children...

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Dharma Life - Family Life

Posted by saddhaloka on Fri, 19 Jan, 2018 - 17:31

Dharma Life - Family Life

Posted by saddhaloka on Fri, 19 Jan, 2018 - 17:31

One of the tasks the Adhisthana Kula set itself was to encourage people within Triratna to take a fresh look at some of those areas of practice and lifestyle that have been of real value and importance, and which sometimes have been put forward in an unhelpful way.

We look to build an Order and movement in which anyone who sincerely wishes to commit themselves to the Three Jewels can find a place and have something to give, whatever their...

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Living Divinely: The Brahma Viharas

Posted by Rijupatha on Wed, 10 Jan, 2018 - 17:15

Living Divinely: The Brahma Viharas

Posted by Rijupatha on Wed, 10 Jan, 2018 - 17:15

We’re wrapping up the last segment of a four-week series of Tuesday meditations on the Brahma Viharas, or “divine abodes”. In these meditations we’ve cultivated various aspects of positive emotion - including loving-kindness (metta), compassion (karuna), sympathetic joy (mudita), and equanimity (upeksha).

Join the online sangha Tuesday, 23rd January at 2:30pm ET / 7:30pm UK on Google Hangouts as we explore the final week’s Brahma Vihara, equanimity (upeksha).

Join the meditation here!  ...

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Green Tārā and the Fourth Lakṣaṇa - a new piece of writing by Sangharakshita

Posted by Sadayasihi on Wed, 10 Jan, 2018 - 12:15

Green Tārā and the Fourth Lakṣaṇa - a new piece of writing by Sangharakshita

Posted by Sadayasihi on Wed, 10 Jan, 2018 - 12:15

Composed during the latter part of December and completed on New Year’s Day 2018, the starting point here is the four sādhanas (sādhana is a visualisation of a Buddha or Bodhisattva figure) Sangharakshita received from one of his teachers, Jamyang Khyentse Rimpoche: Mañjughoṣa, Avalokiteśvara, Vajrapāṇi, and Green Tārā, and their ‘correspondence’ (in the hermetic sense) with the lakṣaṇas, the samādhis, and the vimokṣas leading to a series of reflections on the Path of...

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Vajra Bell - Fall/Winter 2017-18

Vajra Bell - Fall/Winter 2017-18

Posted by maryschaefer on Wed, 27 Dec, 2017 - 22:11

The Fall/Winter 2017-18 issue of the Vajra Bell magazine is here! Click this link to view online

In this issue:

  • Looking to the Dharma to Deal with Challenges in Our Community
  • Facing Our Shadows of the Past - by Mary Schaefer
  • Working Together to Create Beauty from Chaos - by Singhashri
  • Ethical Behavior: Mine, Yours, Ours - by Vidhuma
  • Using a Restorative Approach to Promote Peace - by Jnanasiddhi
  • Sangha Connections
  • Art, Meditation & Mindfulness
  • ...
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New Book by Bhikkhu Anālayo Just Released - A Meditator's Life of the Buddha

Posted by Giulietta - Win... on Tue, 19 Dec, 2017 - 13:26

New Book by Bhikkhu Anālayo Just Released - A Meditator's Life of the Buddha

Posted by Giulietta - Win... on Tue, 19 Dec, 2017 - 13:26

We have good news to share. We are pleased to announce that A Meditator’s Life of the Buddha by Bhikkhu Anālayo has just been released. Sponsors should have received their eBook copies already, and paperback copies are on their way. (Thank you, sponsors.)

A Meditator’s Life of the Buddha is by Anālayo, a scholar of early Buddhism, and a Buddhist monk. The book follows the Buddha’s journey through life, particularly as a meditator . Each chapter concludes with suggestions to support meditation practices.

In his foreword,...