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50 Years, 50 Voices: Purna

Posted by Satyalila on Tue, 14 Aug, 2018 - 16:02

I couldn’t have done it any other way, as hard as it was…

Purna’s Annals 

In 1968 I turned 20 and was in the second year of a Maths and Physics degree. Joined my brother for a yacht trip around the South Pacific for two months, sailing to Samoa, Tonga and Fiji. Hove to for three days surviving a tropical cyclone. Finished my degree and started travelling in South-East Asia and India to find a Buddhist meditation teacher.

In 1978, having been ordained by Bhante on...

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50 Years, 50 Voices: Aryadhi

Posted by Satyalila on Tue, 7 Aug, 2018 - 15:30

 I think it was the missing piece of the jigsaw, as it were.

Aryadhi’s Annals

In 1968 I was 6 years old, final year at infant school and struggling with the outside world as I experienced it through school.

In 1978 I was 16 and studying for ‘A’ levels, on the brink of adulthood but feeling an outsider, never really fitting in and very afraid.

In 1988 I was working in a classical music publishers in London and leading a life immersed in the arts – in and...

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Maitreyabandhu at Poetry Day Ireland 2018

Posted by Sadayasihi on Wed, 25 Jul, 2018 - 18:06

Maitreyabandhu discusses his childhood, forbidden love, his path to writing poetry and what Buddhism can learn from poetry (and what poetry can learn from Buddhism) in this wide-ranging interview with Jnanadhara, the chair of the Dublin Buddhist Centre. 

He also reads a selection of his poetry - including from a forthcoming book on the painter Paul Cézanne - as part of this special evening held as part of the programme of events during the 2018 Poetry Day Ireland festival.

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The Middle Way Podcast: Sangharakshita and the Middle Way

Posted by Sadayasihi on Wed, 4 Jul, 2018 - 12:42

The Middle Way Podcast: Sangharakshita and the Middle Way

Posted by Sadayasihi on Wed, 4 Jul, 2018 - 12:42

The Middle Way Society is an international group for the study, promotion and practice of the Middle Way.  In June, Robert M. Ellis, a member of the Society, interviewed Sangharakshita about the Middle Way for their podcast.  The conversation covered much ground: starting with an exploration of the Middle Way in the context of the Buddha’s life, it moves into the areas of right effort, eternalism and nihilism, rebirth, livelihood and more.

The Middle Way ultimately is a matter of practice. One

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The Spiritual Community Beyond Borders

Posted by Sadayasihi on Wed, 6 Jun, 2018 - 11:10

The Spiritual Community Beyond Borders

Posted by Sadayasihi on Wed, 6 Jun, 2018 - 11:10

As the Mainland Europe Young Buddhist Convention in Valencia draws nearer, three ‘Young Buddhists’ from Valencia share a bit about their inspiration to practice the Dharma and how they have benefitted.

Estela:

“Last year I attended the meeting of Young Buddhists in Berlin. It was an incredible experience! I met young people from other countries, and it surprised me that we could connect really well despite cultural differences.

The atmosphere was very nice, open and fun. We had really...

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50 Years, 50 Voices: Vessantara

Posted by Satyalila on Thu, 31 May, 2018 - 15:00

…there was something which came through Bhante which really was full of Dharma qualities, and that’s what started Triratna…

 Vessantara’s Annals
In 1968 I’m 18, and spend eight months working in clerical jobs, earning money before going to Cambridge University to study English. I’ve adopted a hippie view of the world and spend hours in my friend Les Doyle’s attic bedroom, which is painted black and decorated with silver foil, listening to early Pink Floyd and Jimi Hendrix. I’m reading about eastern religions,...

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Second Mainland Europe Young Buddhist Convention takes place in July

Posted by Sadayasihi on Tue, 22 May, 2018 - 13:54

Second Mainland Europe Young Buddhist Convention takes place in July

Posted by Sadayasihi on Tue, 22 May, 2018 - 13:54

The second Mainland Europe Young Buddhist Convention will take place in Valencia, Spain from the 6th to 9th July.  After last year’s successful Convention - the first - this year’s MEYBC will be held in the delightful surroundings of Suryavana Retreat Centre, close to Valencia. The theme is ‘The Nature of Inner Peace: Creating Sangha From the Inside’. 

Elena, Estela and Nestor, the organisers of this year’s Convention, have made a short film to invite all people between 18 and 35 within the...

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50 Years, 50 Voices: Karunadevi

Posted by Candradasa on Thu, 24 May, 2018 - 15:00

…these issues that were very controversial, they didn’t make me want to run away. But they did make me wonder whether I could be a part of the Order.

Karunadevi’s Annals
In 1968 I had recently moved to the San Francisco Bay Area from Iowa with my husband. I was 24 years old, had graduated from Iowa State University in ’66 and was teaching 4th grade. California was a very different culture, especially around San Francisco, and I felt both overwhelmed and enthralled...

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International Family Retreat : Retiro Internacional De Familias

Posted by Vidyadasa on Thu, 17 May, 2018 - 14:47

International Family Retreat : Retiro Internacional De Familias

Posted by Vidyadasa on Thu, 17 May, 2018 - 14:47

We offer a retreat for fathers, mothers, sons and daughters. In 2017 we ran a very successful family retreat in Suryavana and we want to continue offering this space for people interested in Buddhist practice especially as a parent. The retreat is open to anyone. The intention of gathering people from various countries with their children. This will create an atmosphere of internationality with all the wealth of a retreat with people from various cultures and ways of seeing life and raising their children living and practicing...

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Buddhists and Stoics in the Philosophy Café

Posted by dhivan thomas jones on Sat, 12 May, 2018 - 13:22

Buddhists and Stoics in the Philosophy Café

Posted by dhivan thomas jones on Sat, 12 May, 2018 - 13:22

We present here a review of a new book exploring common ground between Buddhism and the philosophical tradition of Stoicism:

More Than Happiness: Buddhist and Stoic Wisdom for a Sceptical Age

by Antonia Macaro

Icon Books, London, 2018. £12.99 hb

review by Dhīvan

I met the author of More Than Happiness, Antonia Macaro, at a mindfulness retreat in 2016 led by Ven Anālayo,[i] and then again in November 2017 at a Bodhi College weekend on ‘Philosophy as a Way of Life’. An encouragingly large number of us listened to Stephen...