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Resources Around Historical Controversy In Triratna

Posted by Centre Team on Thu, 16 Feb, 2017 - 20:01

Resources Around Historical Controversy In Triratna

Posted by Centre Team on Thu, 16 Feb, 2017 - 20:01

A number of friends have gotten in touch to ask where they can get easy access to resources around controversy arising from Triratna’s past, including responses to allegations of historical sexual misconduct and other issues that are still discussed at Buddhist Centres and online.

Here’s a survey of all relevant public information and spaces on this site. We also encourage everyone to use the search facility too - it works well!

- Safeguarding in Triratna (under the main...

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Teachings for Uncertain Times: Waking up to Activism

Posted by Viveka on Wed, 15 Feb, 2017 - 21:19

Teachings for Uncertain Times: Waking up to Activism

Posted by Viveka on Wed, 15 Feb, 2017 - 21:19

In honor of Black History Month, Tricycle is presenting a special video series, “Teachings for Uncertain Times,” featuring 13 teachers of color. This week Viveka from San Francisco Buddhist Center is featured, speaking about activism and the Dharma.

“I remember… tuning into what was happening in Ferguson, Missouri as people were taking to the streets,” Viveka says in her talk. “Something was called from me… it was not appropriate to just be a voyeur.”

Viveka also speaks about self-care practices for activists, such...

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Searching For Triratna Dharma - Update

Posted by Centre Team on Mon, 13 Feb, 2017 - 20:54

Searching For Triratna Dharma - Update

Posted by Centre Team on Mon, 13 Feb, 2017 - 20:54

A Progress Report
For the past year we’ve been consulting all of the partners on The Buddhist Centre Online project - garnering feedback that will help us build version 2 of the website. It’s great to have clear data after a few years of use - and, as it turns out, very consistent responses too!

We’ll start working on this second iteration in spring alongside working on a completely re-designed, integrated Free Buddhist Audio. And over the...

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The Tara Cabin rises once again!

Posted by charlotte-l on Mon, 6 Feb, 2017 - 13:57

The Tara Cabin rises once again!

Posted by charlotte-l on Mon, 6 Feb, 2017 - 13:57

We’re delighted to hear that Taraloka has just held its Dedication Ceremony for the new Tara Cabin.

Here’s an extract from their blog post, and you can also listen to the Dedication Ceremony on Free Buddhist Audio.

“On 1st February we held a dedication ceremony for the new Tara Cabin. We invited Taraloka’s local regular volunteers - some of our extended family as one community member put it. We also invited Craig our builder, who has spent months creating this beautiful space.

The original...

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Teachings for Uncertain Times: Barriers to Entering the Buddhist Path

Posted by Vimalasara on Wed, 1 Feb, 2017 - 16:58

Teachings for Uncertain Times: Barriers to Entering the Buddhist Path

Posted by Vimalasara on Wed, 1 Feb, 2017 - 16:58

In honor of Black History Month, Tricycle is presenting a special video series, “Teachings for Uncertain Times,” featuring 13 teachers of color. 

In the first talk of the series, Vimalasara (Valerie) Mason-John, a teacher in the Triratna Buddhist tradition, explains how practitioners of color can face barriers to entering the Buddhist path.

“We live in times where there is a disproportionate amount of black people being killed by the police, a disproportionate number of black people incarcerated in prisons and mental institutions....

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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.