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National Convention for Indian Youth - North India

Posted by vajratara on Sun, 5 Nov, 2017 - 09:16

National Convention for Indian Youth - North India

Posted by vajratara on Sun, 5 Nov, 2017 - 09:16

October this year saw the first North Indian National Youth Convention (of NNBY).  375 young people came to a retreat in Syna, UP.  Many of them were from areas without many Buddhists and were experiencing Triratna for the first time.  They were not necessarily from Buddhist families - there were some Muslims and some who had heard of Dr Ambedkar, but were new to Buddhism.  It was an immensely positive and inspiring event.  For some it was life...

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Interview with Vajragupta on Wild Awake: Alone, Offline and Aware in Nature

Posted by Giulietta - Win... on Thu, 19 Oct, 2017 - 09:23

Interview with Vajragupta on Wild Awake: Alone, Offline and Aware in Nature

Posted by Giulietta - Win... on Thu, 19 Oct, 2017 - 09:23

Vajragupta is ordained within the Triratna Buddhist movement, and the author of a couple of our bestsellers. Sailing the Worldly Winds and Buddhism: Tools for Living Your Life provide clear introductions and guidance to incorporating meditation and Buddhist practices into daily life. Vajragupta also wrote The Triratna Story, which provides perspectives on the Triratna Buddhist movement from its beginnings in the 1970s to the modern day.

Vajragupta is currently working on two books – Wild Awake, which we will publish...

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Guided walk from one of our Hillwalking retreats

Posted by Dhanakosa on Wed, 18 Oct, 2017 - 14:12

Guided walk from one of our Hillwalking retreats

Posted by Dhanakosa on Wed, 18 Oct, 2017 - 14:12

Nature is for many of us an important source of spiritual nourishment in an increasingly busy world. On this retreat we combined traditional Buddhist teachings with the simple practice of spending time walking in the rich and beautiful landscapes that surround Dhanakosa.

Come on retreat at Dhanakosa: https://www.dhanakosa.com/retreats

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Buddha on Wall Street Podcast Episode #1 - Waking Up to a Wise Earth

Posted by Vaddhaka on Wed, 4 Oct, 2017 - 21:07

Please note that the transcript for this podcast can be downloaded at the following link

At the beginning of the podcast itself I give an incorrect web address.

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Does your Centre or Group need meditation cushions or mats?

Posted by Mokshini on Mon, 16 Oct, 2017 - 08:27

Does your Centre or Group need meditation cushions or mats?

Posted by Mokshini on Mon, 16 Oct, 2017 - 08:27

Here is an update from Vajranatha from Merida in Venzuela, where he and the Sangha there, as well as the rest of the country, faces a very difficult situation. 

Do watch the 6 minute video and share it with the people in your sangha especially as an update to the first Metta for Merida video that was posted in August. 

https://vimeo.com/vajranatha/triratna-merida-oct2017

But importantly there is an immediate way your Buddhist Centre or Group may be able to help, especially if you are...

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LBC in cinemas nationwide this Friday!

Posted by Singhamanas on Wed, 27 Sep, 2017 - 09:59

LBC in cinemas nationwide this Friday!

Posted by Singhamanas on Wed, 27 Sep, 2017 - 09:59

The main shrine room at the London Buddhist Centre is playing a lead supporting role in this new film - Daphne - written by local Mitra Nico Mensinga.

The film features a Mitra ceremony, as well as acting debuts from Jnanavaca (two words), Prajnamanas (one mantra) & Subhadramati (no speaking part this time).

Here are some reviews: guardian, hollywood reporter, indiwire

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Adhisthana Kula - An Update On Our Work (September 2017)

Posted by ratnadharini on Sat, 23 Sep, 2017 - 13:05

Adhisthana Kula - An Update On Our Work (September 2017)

Posted by ratnadharini on Sat, 23 Sep, 2017 - 13:05

The FWBO/Triratna was formed to alleviate the suffering of the world through practising and sharing the Dharma, the teaching of the Buddha, and that remains at our heart. Over 50 years we have created an Order and Movement that have touched and transformed the lives of thousands of people around the world. The journey has been inspiring and challenging, and not without difficulties. We deeply regret where anyone’s involvement with our Order and Movement has led to suffering and...

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Urthona Sci-Fi and Fantasy issue

Posted by Ratnagarbha on Mon, 28 Aug, 2017 - 11:50

Urthona Sci-Fi and Fantasy issue

Posted by Ratnagarbha on Mon, 28 Aug, 2017 - 11:50

2018 ISSUE OF URTHONA ON THE THEME OF SCIENCE FICTION AND FANTASY
Please let us know if you have any thoughts about a Buddhist perspective on this kind of literature, or any author recommendations – apart from the obvious ones.

Science Fiction and Fantasy allow unfettered licence to the imagination. This can be liberating but also it has drawbacks. Many books in these genres lack emotional depth,...

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Hi Ratnagharba,

I would like to suggest a couple of names not in your list, but probably being considered i.e. to somewhat state the obvious, Michael Moorcock and J.G. Ballard.   

Sorry can’t help you with contemporary writers, though I have read some good SF in recent years. Many female writers nowadays and co-writing of SF novels. Often the term Speculative Fiction is used, which is sometimes preferable to SF, as it doesn’t always include “science”.

I borrow books from the local library, and enjoy a lot of what I read, but unfortunately I tend to forget the authors names quickly. If I read anything soon worth mentioning I’ll make a point of noting the names!

metta,

Abhayasiddhi

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Hi Ratnagarbha,

Last spring and summer I recorded a two-part podcast (over 2 hours in total) with Suvajra on his history with sci-fi, fantasy and speculative fiction. We are planning to use it as part of our next round of feature-length episodes of Buddhist Voices. Be great to tie in with this somehow!

We’ll also soon be starting an Arts blog here on The Buddhist Centre Online. We’ll set things up so anyone following it sees your posts from Urthona (even if they aren’t following this dedicated Urthona space). Just add the tag “Arts” to any posts and the system will pick it up and do the rest!

love, Candradasa

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Hi Ratnagarbha, one of my favourites regarding moral and imaginative integrity is R. Lee Smith, especially the “Lords of Arcadia” series (fantasy) and “The Hour of Gann” (scifi).

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Many thanks for the recommendations everyone. And yes I do hope we can tie in with the interview with Suvajra, which is a timely coincidence as it turns out.

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Ursula K. LeGuin (Earthsea, The Dispossed) immediately comes to my mind and then there are several novels by Doris Lessing (like The Marriages between the Zones …) which may fit. Also, I am wondering about Stanislav Lem’s rather philosophical SciFi stories & novels. Anyway, I am really looking forward to 2018 issue now that I know it’ll be about SF (and maybe that’ll inspire me to write something about related issues, too) :-))) with metta, mischa

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"... money was a kind of placeholder for life and love ..."

Posted by Liz_Bassett on Wed, 16 Aug, 2017 - 15:43

"... money was a kind of placeholder for life and love ..."

Posted by Liz_Bassett on Wed, 16 Aug, 2017 - 15:43

Money often substitutes for other things we want. But how to tell the difference? Amalavajra, a banker-turned-Buddhist fundraiser, explores how his relationship with money has changed.

Listen to an interview with Amalavajra on his life as banker and buddhist

In May 1999, at the age of twenty-five, I was a bond dealer at JP Morgan, a major US investment bank just off Fleet Street. I had always wanted to be, yes, a ‘millionaire’, and was now well...

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Metta for Everyman

Posted by dhivan thomas jones on Mon, 21 Aug, 2017 - 11:36

Metta for Everyman

Posted by dhivan thomas jones on Mon, 21 Aug, 2017 - 11:36

We are pleased to present a review of a new book from Windhorse Publications on the therapeutic use of mettā or kindness by Paramabandhu and Jed Shamel – reviewed by Paul Wielgus, himself a mindfulness teacher.

Mindful Emotion: A Short Course in Kindness by Paramabandhu Groves and Jed Shamel, Windhorse Publications, Cambridge, 2017.

review by Paul Wielgus

The first thing that struck me about Mindful Emotion – the book as well as the support on the accompanying website – was its simplicity and sheer accessibility. The book is well-structured and...