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Make Room For Fun (The Dharma Toolkit Daily, Episode 21)

From The Community Toolkit for Uncertain Times on Wed, 29 Apr, 2020 - 00:07

Pleasure is a thing that also needs accomplishing…

from The Word by Tony Hoagland

Today’s episode of the Dharma Toolkit asks a collection of fabulous guests how we can meet the deep and urgently serious aspects of life and of the current times without jettisoning a similarly vital human sense of fun, pleasure, play, spontaneity, creativity – even joy. 

From painting with a beautiful thrash metal soundtrack on as ecstatic backdrop, to re-watching favourite TV shows, to going for a walk in familiar...

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Being Divine Online: Q & A with Ratnavandana on the Brahma Viharas (The Dharma Toolkit Daily, Episode 20)

From The Community Toolkit for Uncertain Times on Tue, 28 Apr, 2020 - 01:58

Loving Kindness (Metta)
Compassion (Karuna)
Joyful Resonance (Mudita)
Equanimity (Upekkha)

This week on the podcast we’re in full-on love mode with our Home Retreat: Being Divine Online

Our guide to the series of meditations in focus - the Brahma Viharas - is Ratnavandana, and in this special episode recorded live online she’s in discussion about a practice that has been one of the touchstones of her life. 

The sense of someone choosing to dwell inside a mythic vision of...

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The Making of 'Hair On Fire' with Mary Salome (The Dharma Toolkit Daily, Episode 19)

From The Community Toolkit for Uncertain Times on Fri, 24 Apr, 2020 - 20:29

This week we are marking Earth Day - all week long! Check out our specially commissioned mini-series of podcasts: “Hair On Fire: Using the Threefold Way of Ethics, Meditation, and Wisdom to Turn Toward Climate Change”.

Rounding off a week of Earth Day podcasts we’re delighted to be joined by the series producer, Mary Salome, for a ‘making of’ special. Think of it as a kind of Director’s Commentary on a fascinating year-long journey in sound. 

We hear Mary’s own...

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Earth Day, Earth Week! Return to Nature on the Inside (The Dharma Toolkit Daily, Episode 18)

From The Community Toolkit for Uncertain Times on Tue, 21 Apr, 2020 - 02:08

This week on The Buddhist Centre Online and the Dharma Toolkit we are marking Earth Day - all week long! Watch out for our specially commissioned mini-series of podcasts released through the week: “Hair On Fire: Using the Threefold Way of Ethics, Meditation, and Wisdom to Turn Toward Climate Change”.

We’ll be book-ending these special episodes with some lively, thoughtful conversations around the whole area of Buddhist responses - human responses - to climate change, especially...

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The Hero's Journey to the Food Bank (The Dharma Toolkit Daily, Episode 17)

From The Community Toolkit for Uncertain Times on Sun, 19 Apr, 2020 - 01:16

Two great friends from Australia and New Zealand evoke a mythic vision of beautiful community, founded on, knit together by stories. 

Stories from school, from war, from the Shambhala Buddhist tradition, from long, steady personal and communal Dharma practice. We look at how technology can make people - kids! - more courageous. And the everyday challenges when trying to develop kindness in the face of fear. 

A re-definition of the heroic in the light of empathy, connection and the possibility of hopeful exemplification when...

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Emergent Community Online (The Dharma Toolkit Daily, Episode 16)

From The Community Toolkit for Uncertain Times on Wed, 15 Apr, 2020 - 23:49

We’re several weeks into lockdown and, as we continue to explore the experience of global intentional community, today’s star is the Internet itself.

Our guests discuss the new online contexts for Buddhist practice, evoking the uses of imagination within transitional, liminal spaces. We riff on new emergent forms of practice and modes of engagement that are bringing our community to life in unexpected ways.

We also look at how surprisingly well the early promise of the...

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Global Community India! (The Dharma Toolkit Daily, Episode 15)

Mon, 13 Apr, 2020 - 19:46

This week we are celebrating the anniversary of the birth of Doctor B. R. Ambedkar, one of the great Buddhist leaders of modern times and the radical father of the Indian Constitution. Today’s episode of the Toolkit Daily focusses on what it means to be a global community and explores Dr. Ambedkar’s vision of common humanity based around the evolution of just societies.

Our guests, Arun Bodh and Dayamudra, are from Jai Bhim International and Lokuttara Leadership...

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Painting Into Reality (The Dharma Toolkit Daily, Episode 14)

From The Community Toolkit for Uncertain Times on Sun, 12 Apr, 2020 - 01:05

Abhayavajra loves painting. He loves paint itself. And sees himself more like an archaeologist, revealing something urgent and crucial about the human condition by adding rather than scraping away layers. 

A totally delightful conversation about the quest to integrate and unite Dharma practice with the steady, disciplined practice of an art form. We discuss how appreciating beauty itself is like a healing force at times of stress; and how art itself can be a properly adequate response to suffering in the kind...

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The Money Issue (The Dharma Toolkit Daily, Episode 13)

From The Community Toolkit for Uncertain Times on Thu, 9 Apr, 2020 - 22:54

Communities of all kinds all over the world have been facing up to the huge economic impact of Covid-19 and the ongoing lockdown. In the Triratna Buddhist Community this has meant financial stress at Buddhist Centres and an urgent need for help navigating the next few months, which will be crucial to the survival of many Centres, large and small.

Enter our two guests! Amalavajra and Danayutta are two former investment bankers, now working hard with Future Dharma Fund to...

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The Ministry of Presence (The Dharma Toolkit Daily, Episode 12)

From The Community Toolkit for Uncertain Times on Wed, 8 Apr, 2020 - 12:17

A mythic sense of things is never far away in today’s conversation about radical imagination: at the most intimate levels of close, personal friendship; and also culturally, historically, politically, and spiritually as we try to meet the moment of crisis to which we are all witnesses.

With Viveka and Upayadhi we discuss taking cues from anticipatory communities who deal with systemic suffering every day, and who have stored up effective responses to some of the issues we are all now facing. The...