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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...

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A Buddhist Way Through the Ups and Downs of Life: Live Q & A (The Dharma Toolkit Daily, Episode 11)

From The Community Toolkit for Uncertain Times on Tue, 7 Apr, 2020 - 00:41

As part of our week-long Home Retreat on ‘Sailing the Worldly Winds - A Buddhist Way Through the Ups and Downs of Life’, we are delighted to host here for a live online Q & A, Vajragupta the author and Dharma teacher behind the retreat itself.

A great, wide-ranging and practical discussion about what this classic Buddhist teaching has to say to us about caring for ourselves and each other during the current coronavirus / Covid-19 pandemic. And what...

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Covid Emergency in India: A Home Retreat Appeal (The Dharma Toolkit Daily, Episode 10)

From The Community Toolkit for Uncertain Times on Sat, 4 Apr, 2020 - 00:12

I confess, when I sat down to record this podcast yesterday I somehow didn’t expect it to have the impact it did. I’d seen all the news stories, shaken my head, wondered at how human beings can meet such complex, painful realities as what’s unfolding in India right now. But here they were - my friends - talking about what I can do about it. What you can do too. 

We’re spending a week - in whatever ways we can manage...

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Breathing Space (The Dharma Toolkit Daily, Episode 9)

From The Community Toolkit for Uncertain Times on Wed, 1 Apr, 2020 - 16:30

Dr. Paramabandhu Groves is the co-author with Dr. Jed Shamel of ‘Mindful Emotion - A Short Course in Kindness’, and the pioneering spirit behind the Breathing Space project in London. Using mindfulness-based cognitive therapy he specialises in recovery work with those suffering from long-term depression and addiction issues.

As you might expect from someone who has lived for 30+ years in Dharma-centred community, Paramabandhu has also turned to developing resources for mental health based around core Buddhist practices...

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Sailing the Worldly Winds (The Dharma Toolkit Daily, Episode 8)

Wed, 1 Apr, 2020 - 00:18

Gain and Loss
Praise and Blame
Fame and Infamy
Pleasure and Pain

Today we look forward to the start of our first Home Retreat of these coronavirus times in the company of Dassini and Vajragupta, sailing through our human relationship to the Worldly Winds (lokadhammas), a lesser known gem of a Buddhist teaching we think will be a useful tool for anyone living through our current shared crisis.

Vajragupta’s book will be the basis of our online course, designed...

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