For some years now the Wellington Buddhist Centre has been blessed to have Suryagita in our Sangha. She has a beautiful voice and extraordinary musical ability which we have benefitted greatly from in every mantra she has ever been present for. But that’s not all!
On special occasions Suryagita has got together with other talented members of our sangha and offered song. Songs of welcome, songs of blessing, songs of appreciation, songs of celebration and songs of joy.
In July 2019 Satyalila gave a series of three talks in Bristol - ‘Responding to the Burning World’. Each talk takes a classic Buddhist parable or sutta as its starting point - the Burning House, the Raincloud and the Two Arrows and explores how these Dharma teachings can help us to develop the resilience to respond creatively to the world as we find it today.
Weaving poetry with classic Dharma teachings, each talk concludes with a brief exploration of six...
Leonard Cohen’s musical genius was intimately connected with his spiritual life, which was deeply influenced by Buddhism. In this talk Jyotika looks at how Buddhism and the philosophies of the East helped shape some of the finest songs ever written in the English language.
Talk given during Culture Night 2019 at the Dublin Buddhist Centre.
Note: During the talk Jyotika played the following songs: ‘Suzanne’, ’ Hallelujah’, ‘Anthem’ and ‘Avalanche’. For copyright reasons these songs are not included in this...
A series of talks from the 2019 Triratna International Council, with the whole event set in the context of the Council considering deeply and studying the Dharma together.
This year’s theme was major elements from the Dharma biography of Sangharakshita, Triratna’s founder, which are of wider relevance to anyone endeavouring to lead a Buddhist life. The four areas explored are:
Buddhist Action Month is now over but here’s a highlight from the Dublin Buddhist Centre - on 12th June, as part of BAM 2019, some of their Sangha meditated outside the Dáil (the Irish parliament) to raise awareness about the need to take action to address the climate crisis. Here’s a short podcast with some of the participants about why they took part as Dharma practitioners and how the meditation went.
In this interview, Prakasha shares the remarkable story of the unfolding of his Dharma Life from a fascination with the English poet, painter and visionary William Blake in the late 1970s and early 80s and how this led him to a deep immersion in the Vajrayana approach to Buddhism. Following on from Bhante, in ‘Buddhism and William Blake’ he elucidates the common basis between the symbolic worlds of Blake and the Vajrayana.
Recorded at a retreat on William Blake, Adhisthana 2017.
Buddhist Action Month is underway and here is a timely talk from Arthacarya, given during the recent Australia / New Zealand Order Convention, on the theme of what we can do about the climate crisis. Arthacarya relates his personal journey back to environmental engagement, the trigger being reading the ‘The Uninhabitable Earth’ by David Wallace-Wells in July 2018. He also provides some useful suggestions how Dharma practitioners can contribute to the change that must happen and move away from the four Ds of despair,...
Kiranada is an ordained Buddhist, a traveler, a renowned artist in (cruelty-free) silk, a teacher, an author and a Mom. Here she is at the Portsmouth Public Library in June 2019, reading from her book ‘A Year Of Silence’, an account of her year-long silent, solitary retreat in the New Zealand bush.
As one of her last engagements before heading off to Kentucky and Missouri to begin a further 3-year solitary, silent retreat, this is a wonderful opportunity to hear what it...
Mind Training can be likened to a form of spiritual alchemy: a magical transmutation of our ordinary lives into gold. These powerful talks from the Sheffield Buddhist Centre provide a series of practical slogans which turn the adverse situations of our day-to-day lives into ideal conditions for spiritual transformation of the mind and emotions. Going beyond concepts, mind training techniques are just as relevant in the crucible of everyday life as they were in 12th century Tibet.