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Giving Up Asceticism and the Rose Apple Tree

Mon, 7 Jun, 2021 - 00:00

In this fourth talk from the ‘In the Footsteps of the Buddha’ retreat, Nagasiddhi traces the period after the Buddha’s going forth: as he masters meditation then turns towards extreme asceticism in his quest to overcome dukkha. Having taken himself to the brink of death, the Buddha-to-be finally realises that he must find his own ‘middle way’ to liberation.

Talk given online in April 2021.

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This talk is one of a series given by Nagasiddhi at Rivendell Retreat Centre during the April 2021 home retreat ‘In the footsteps of the Buddha’ hosted by the Buddhist Centre Online. This magical week-long retreat explores the images, myths and symbols of the Buddha’s journey to awakening using dharma talks, meditation, storytelling, puppetry and art.

See also: Mandarava’s innovative telling of the Buddha’s life story through puppetry

Specially written ritual verses on the Buddha’s life recited on the retreat

Visit 'In the Footsteps of the Buddha' for more resources from this retreat

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Centre Team

Looking into the Well Again: Using Writing to Explore the Mind

From The Community Toolkit for Uncertain Times on Tue, 18 May, 2021 - 17:08

Looking into the Well Again: Using Writing to Explore the Mind

From The Community Toolkit for Uncertain Times on Tue, 18 May, 2021 - 17:08

Looking into the Well Again: Using Writing to Explore the Mind
A four-week course with Yashobodhi

Sundays: June 27th, July 4th, 11th, 18th
Each session will be done twice every week to accommodate time zones - come to whichever session suits best with your ticket.

First session (2 hrs): IE & UK 09:00 | Europe CET 10:00 | India 13:30 | Australia AEST 18:00 | New Zealand 20:00

Second session (2 hrs)USA PST 11:00 | México 13:00 | USA EST...

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Free Buddhist Audio

In the Footsteps of the Buddha - Seven New Talks by Nagasiddhi

From Free Buddhist Audio on Fri, 28 May, 2021 - 22:04

In the Footsteps of the Buddha - Seven New Talks by Nagasiddhi

From Free Buddhist Audio on Fri, 28 May, 2021 - 22:04

As a launch series for Free Buddhist Audio on YouTube, a wonderful new set of talks given by Nagasiddhi. We are taken through seven key stages of the Buddha’s mythic quest, from his unsure setting out, through his wrong turnings, his breakthroughs and his decision to share what he had learned with others. A perfect way to celebrate Buddha Day as Nagasiddhi brings his infectious sense of imagination, play and grounded experience to bear on a story...

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Sanghanath

Migrant Labourers - Tired Feet: Walk in Solidarity

From Karuna Fundraisers on Wed, 26 May, 2021 - 23:08

Migrant Labourers - Tired Feet: Walk in Solidarity

From Karuna Fundraisers on Wed, 26 May, 2021 - 23:08

Streaming Zoom Live Event, Thursday 3rd June, 7-8pm (BST)

Register here: https://appeals.karuna.org/get-involved

I hope we all remember how migrant labourers suffered during the sudden lockdown last year in India. The first thing that comes to my mind are images of ‘tired feet’ and ’hunger’. I can not believe millions of feet had to walk thousands of miles to get their homes, and many of them never made it.

One of my inspirations from India is Ashif Shaikh, the founder of ‘Jan Sahas’ (‘People’s...

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Buddha Day Celebrations

From The Community Toolkit for Uncertain Times on Thu, 27 May, 2021 - 15:20

On the full moon day of May… we celebrate Buddha Day.

Visit the Buddhist Centre Online on Instagram for highlights of Buddha Day celebrations around the world…

Here are some of the ways Triratna Centres are celebrating this important event this year.

22 May


23 May

  • Cambridge: 23 May 10am-1pm: Buddha Day
  • Stockholm and Oslo will have a joint zoom celebration (with possibly the Danish sangha, too). There will
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Join Our Dharma Web Team! Looking for an Experienced Junior or Senior Developer

From Jobs, Volunteering & Communities on Wed, 26 May, 2021 - 21:25

Join Our Dharma Web Team! Looking for an Experienced Junior or Senior Developer

From Jobs, Volunteering & Communities on Wed, 26 May, 2021 - 21:25

Dharmachakra (the team behind The Buddhist Centre Online and Free Buddhist Audio) is expanding as we turn our attention to building and maintaining Triratna web sites and services that work beautifully on mobile and across all devices.

We’re looking for an experienced junior or senior developer.

If the thought of helping us spread the Dharma around the world excites you, we’d love to hear it! We’re looking for enthusiastic, motivated, highly skilled and confident developers who have a passion for...

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Summer reading ideas from Windhorse Publications

From Windhorse Publications on Fri, 14 May, 2021 - 14:39

Summer reading ideas from Windhorse Publications

From Windhorse Publications on Fri, 14 May, 2021 - 14:39

With summer in the northern hemisphere fast approaching, and infections under control in many places, including here in the UK, lockdown restrictions are beginning to ease. What joy to be able to spend time together again! Some of us are making plans to go away on holiday, even if the choice of destination is somewhat limited. 

We’re really proud of our new books this year and we think any – or all! – of them would make great summer reading. Whether...

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Caroline I P

The Precepts of Atisha

From Adhisthana on Tue, 11 May, 2021 - 10:00

The Precepts of Atisha

From Adhisthana on Tue, 11 May, 2021 - 10:00

The precept of the Lama is more important than scriptures and commentaries.

- Atiśa

In the early days of the Order, Sangharakshita held a seminar on a book called The Door of Liberation, which consisted of seven Tibetan texts, translated under the auspices of Geshe Wangyal. The Kadamthorbu was one of those.

The text consists of dialogues between Atiśa and his closest disciples, especially with his principal disciple, the layman Dromtönpa, who later founded the Kadam school. It’s an informal exposition of how to live as...

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Caroline I P

The Guru's Advice: Sub35 Festival Retreat

From Adhisthana on Mon, 10 May, 2021 - 12:12

The Guru's Advice: Sub35 Festival Retreat

From Adhisthana on Mon, 10 May, 2021 - 12:12

THU 26 AUGMON 30 AUG

Lived out fully, Buddhist practice is revolutionary. Its purpose is a complete transformation of every element of our lives and of the world around us. 

The legendary Tibetan Guru Padmasambhava is the archetype of this transformation. His mythic life story presents a conflict between the forces of light and the forces of darkness – a conflict that takes place within our own hearts and minds. Following his example, we can learn to...

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Another free eBook from Windhorse Publications

From Windhorse Publications on Fri, 14 May, 2021 - 14:32

Another free eBook from Windhorse Publications

From Windhorse Publications on Fri, 14 May, 2021 - 14:32

A line from a poem by Damian Barr has been widely quoted recently: ‘We are in the same storm, but not in the same boat.’ In some places the winds of COVID-19 are raging, and the boats are not seaworthy. In India. In Brazil. Amongst those who have lost much in the last year, one way or another. So, this week we’re giving away the eBook edition of Vessantara’s The Heart, a guide to cultivating a boundless, loving heart that...