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Mitra Ceremony at the 2020 International Buddhist Youth Convention

From Triratna Young Buddhists on Fri, 21 Feb, 2020 - 11:51

Mitra Ceremony at the 2020 International Buddhist Youth Convention

From Triratna Young Buddhists on Fri, 21 Feb, 2020 - 11:51

The 2020 International Buddhist Youth Convention is taking place in Bodhgaya, India. This year’s theme is “Building a New Buddhist World: United in Diversity” and is a chance for young Buddhists across Triratna to come together and practice in the home of the Buddha.

During the Convention two of the international participants, Lucy and Dan, took the step of becoming mitras under the Bodhi tree! You can watch the ceremony online here.

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Dharmabyte: Death is Uncharted Territory

From Free Buddhist Audio on Mon, 3 Feb, 2020 - 14:00

There is something profoundly natural and ordinary about death, and yet something quite mysterious. Where do we go? What actually happens? Who or what are we when alive? Nothing changed, from the Buddha’s point of view. Vimalavajri offers reflections on the ultimate unknown, the ultimate mystery, death, inspired by the glimpses of awakening depicted in the Mahaparinibbana Sutta.

Excerpted from the talk entitled The Way to the Beyond given at Bristol Buddhist Centre, 2016.

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Adhisthana Intensive - course for young women

From Triratna Young Buddhists on Thu, 6 Feb, 2020 - 12:06

Adhisthana Intensive - course for young women

From Triratna Young Buddhists on Thu, 6 Feb, 2020 - 12:06

A 3 month residential course at Adhisthana providing an opportunity to work, live as a community study, and develop friendships.

The course is designed to provide a multi-faceted training, where you will have the opportunity to experience all parts of your life as a spiritual practice. This will include daily work periods, living as a community, deepening friendships, and community living. Study will support this aim, emphasising the mythic dimension, developing positive emotion and supporting the ability to work with our mental...

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Mainland Europe Young Buddhist Convention 29-31 May 2020

From Triratna Young Buddhists on Thu, 6 Feb, 2020 - 15:06

Mainland Europe Young Buddhist Convention 29-31 May 2020

From Triratna Young Buddhists on Thu, 6 Feb, 2020 - 15:06

Many of us feel like we are living in uncertain and fast-moving times. Separation and polarization seem to be the trend rather than coming-together and unity. The future looks more and more insecure. Yet, the Buddha taught that this has always been the case.

We as young Buddhist practitioners are curious to find out what perspective the Buddha’s teaching has on our world today.

Join us here in Berlin for the Mainland Europe Young Buddhist Convention, where we come together to create community, practice...

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The Year of Perfect Vision by Suryagupta

Thu, 13 Feb, 2020 - 13:10

The Year of Perfect Vision by Suryagupta

Thu, 13 Feb, 2020 - 13:10

Here’s a rousing talk from Suryagupta, the Chair of the London Buddhist Centre, on 20th January 2020 exploring what vision is, how it can manifest in our lives, and what a Buddhist vision looks like.

Taking Martin Luther King’s ’I Have a Dream’ speech as a starting point, referring to examples from the life of the Buddha and sharing her own personal stories, Suryagupta draws out some of the key aspects of perfect vision and explores how we can make our initial...

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FBA Podcast: Working With Adversity

From Free Buddhist Audio on Sat, 11 Jan, 2020 - 14:00

When things go wrong in our life we can see them as an obstacle to an ideal spiritual life feel we should be leading. But there’s another way of looking at difficulties, and instead of trying to get rid of difficulties, we could be welcoming them as opportunities. 

Vajratara  draws on the Tibetan Mind Training tradition, as well as the Pali Suttas to examine how we can make adversity our teacher and the ground in which wisdom...

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Sikkha Project Event - Building a Contagious Buddhist Centre

From The Sikkha Project on Thu, 16 Jan, 2020 - 15:08

Sikkha Project Event - Building a Contagious Buddhist Centre

From The Sikkha Project on Thu, 16 Jan, 2020 - 15:08

Friday 24th - Sunday 26th April 2020, at Sheffield Buddhist Centre.
Accommodation provided. Free.

How do we create a culture in our centres that is attractive to people coming along, builds a generous community that feels part of a common project, and inspires the people who work within it?

Over this weekend we will be exploring this question drawing on the experience...

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Metta to those affected by Australian Bushfires

From Adhisthana on Fri, 10 Jan, 2020 - 16:18

Metta to those affected by Australian Bushfires

From Adhisthana on Fri, 10 Jan, 2020 - 16:18

Here’s a message from Aryajaya, Shubhavyuha and James from Adhisthana (and also Australia) to those affected by the catastrophic bushfires which have been burning in Australia since late October.

Please join in a collective Metta wave in whatever way you can, wherever you are - not just for the loss but for the courage, bravery and dedication of those fighting the fires, rescuing animals and for all the acts of kindness that have been happening.

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thanks for this you three.  at my chapter this morning we had talked about the bushfires and about metta so it was good to see this this afternoon.  such a tragedy.  I will certainly be joining into a wave of solidarity.  Parami

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Like so many others, my heart really goes out to all those affected by these fires, human, animal or other organic form.  

Last Friday at 7 pm there was a 3-minute prayer for rain, asking us to imagine sheets of water deluging down, putting out fires, soaking into the ground, preventing fires spreading, bringing relief.  And rain did come to some of the affected areas.  I’ll be doing this again, every Friday until the end of the bushfire season, praying for rain for the affected areas in Australia.  will you join me? 
Tejasvini 
 

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Thanks so much for posting and for the personal video, so moving to watch.

In our chapter meeting last Monday evening we meditated and sent Metta to all those affected by the fires in Australia. 
 

Sucimani xxx

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Receiving all metta into our sad hearts here in Australia. Many of us have received open hearted responses of care from other sangha members all around the world checking in with us. Sangha in action. 
I saw a drawing recently depicting a group of traditional superheroes, Superman etc, greeting a tired, ash covered Australian volunteer firefighter with a simple caption “welcome to the club.”
These everyday workers have left their office desks, classrooms, businesses, studies, farms, families  etc and have been on the fire frontline for months. You see their tiny forms in media pictures sometimes in the front of monsterous walls of flame, putting their lives at risk to save others. They have collectively saved thousands of homes and lives.  
Some will struggle to ever fully recover from what they have witnessed during this time on the frontline. Some have lost their lives and left small children and family members at home devastated.

I heard a story of a bush apiarist who, when going back into a burnt landscape to check on his hives, took up the offer of help from young student apiarists. However, these students were so traumatised by the ongoing sound of the cries they heard in the bush of the badly burnt animals that were still alive, the beekeeper had to arrange counselling for them after that day and drop the idea of students helping on further trips. 

I am so grateful for my connection with the three jewels at times like this. The dharma gives a cosmic perspective and meditation practices provide welcome support in the face of this immense suffering, without freezing up completely. I hope our government wakes up to the ‘cries of the world‘ so clearly evident from the people in this country protesting on the streets to the devastated animal populations and the blackened bush.

And whilst Australia faces this tragic event I am also very aware of other significant painful events happening around the world. The tonglen practice sharpens the heart to take what we are experiencing and utilise the tenderising of our own hearts to raise our awareness of others in the world also experiencing catastrophic events.  Metta to all those suffering  
In the face of tragedy we still have the amazing resilience and bravery of everyday human beings that definitely fosters hope. So many instances of love, connection, kindness and generosity are also happening in our blackened countryside. 


 

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lovely, thanks Maitripala.  Much love to you

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Windhorse Publications' review of the year

From Windhorse Publications on Tue, 31 Dec, 2019 - 09:00

Windhorse Publications' review of the year

From Windhorse Publications on Tue, 31 Dec, 2019 - 09:00

As 2019 rolls to a close, we thought we’d look back at Windhorse Publications’ highlights of the year, as well as looking ahead to 2020.

LOOKING BACK AT 2019

What we’ve published this year

This year we’ve released eight new titles, covering a wide range of themes and appealing to a broad readership, from the complete newcomer to Buddhism to the experienced practitioner:

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Recipe: Vegan Tempeh and Cranberry Pot Pie

From Vegan Buddhist! on Thu, 12 Dec, 2019 - 19:25

Recipe: Vegan Tempeh and Cranberry Pot Pie

From Vegan Buddhist! on Thu, 12 Dec, 2019 - 19:25

I split a weekly CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) share - a veg box! - with my husband and another friend. I love that it gives us local produce throughout the year, connects us to the landscape and the seasons where we live, and the farmers who provide our food, and is much more environmentally friendly than getting all our fruit & veg from the grocery store. 

In our last November share, we were given a surprise bag of...