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'Just Then Or Not At All'

Posted by Singhamanas on Fri, 13 Jan, 2017 - 11:29

'Just Then Or Not At All'

Posted by Singhamanas on Fri, 13 Jan, 2017 - 11:29

Fifty years ago this April, Sangharakshita founded a new Buddhist movement that was to change the lives of thousands of people. What fostered such unlikely success? Singhamanas on a unique point in history

We already know the story of the Swinging Sixties: LSD, the CND, Beats, Beatles and baby-boomers. Maybe we’re even familiar with the story of Sangharakshita, the founder of the community that the London Buddhist Centre is a part of: the young British signalman going AWOL after...

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The Endless Knot

Posted by Vishvapani on Thu, 12 Jan, 2017 - 10:36

The Endless Knot

Posted by Vishvapani on Thu, 12 Jan, 2017 - 10:36

2016 was a year of political upheaval in the UK, the USA and beyond. Are things as bad as we think? Should Buddhists get tangled up in it? Vishvapani investigates

Politics matters. I inherited this belief from my father who discovered it one November evening in 1938 when he made his way home from school in Berlin and saw the synagogue at the end of his street in flames while Nazi Brownshirts cheered and firemen stood and watched....

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Buddhist Lives

Posted by Vidyasakhi on Thu, 15 Dec, 2016 - 10:49

Buddhist Lives

Posted by Vidyasakhi on Thu, 15 Dec, 2016 - 10:49

Here’s a piece I wrote for the London Buddhist Centre magazine - enjoy!

At the heart of this Buddhist movement is an Order: men and women putting the Buddha’s teaching at the centre of their lives. What does that look like in 2017? Interviews by Vidyasakhi

Vajrabandhu

I grew up in Kent – Medway Towns, Gillingham to be precise. Predominantly a working class place, a lot of heavy industry traditionally, though Thatcher and her lot put paid to that. That’s why I joined the army: I needed...

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Symbolism or Suicide?

Posted by Devamitra on Thu, 4 Aug, 2016 - 14:55

Symbolism or Suicide?

Posted by Devamitra on Thu, 4 Aug, 2016 - 14:55

Young Tibetan monks continue to burn themselves in protest against the Chinese government. There is a well-known historical precedent, but they have misunderstood it. By Devamitra

10am, June 11th, 1963: a 66-year-old monk alights from a car at a busy intersection in central Saigon. A younger monk lifts a large tank from the boot, then takes his senior’s hand as they step into the heart of the junction. Three hundred monks and nuns, none of whom know what is about to happen,...

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What's the Matter?

Posted by Jnanavaca on Thu, 4 Aug, 2016 - 12:52

What's the Matter?

Posted by Jnanavaca on Thu, 4 Aug, 2016 - 12:52

The physical ‘stuff’ of the universe is not what we take it to be. By Jnanavaca

‘A human being is part of a whole, called by us “Universe”, a part limited in time and space. He experiences himself, his thoughts and feelings as something separated from the rest – a kind of optical delusion of his consciousness. This delusion is a kind of prison for us, restricting us to our personal desires and to the affection for a few persons nearest to

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Diary of a London Buddhist: Our spinning planet. By Kusalasara

Posted by Kusalasara on Wed, 3 Aug, 2016 - 17:18

Diary of a London Buddhist: Our spinning planet. By Kusalasara

Posted by Kusalasara on Wed, 3 Aug, 2016 - 17:18

Winter

A dead fox has been dredged from Regent’s Canal. I too might die like that, in the flush of health by some slight accident. Will death be like that? Humiliating, unexpected? Both, I suppose. It has been raining and there are two drunks up ahead. One calls out to me: ‘Watch out for the snails, Miss’. He is bending over, moving the snails off the path. Sympathy for the downtrodden.

Spring

Spring is hard: it is relentlessly blithe, and I am quite the...

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Vajrasana Retreat Centre Reviewed in the Guardian

Posted by LDNBuddhist on Tue, 2 Aug, 2016 - 17:52

Vajrasana Retreat Centre Reviewed in the Guardian

Posted by LDNBuddhist on Tue, 2 Aug, 2016 - 17:52

Vajrasana retreat centre review – magnificent, modern Buddhist haven

Read the full article in the Guardian here

“My name is Maitrivajri,” says the lady waiting at the entrance to a smart black barn, deep in the Suffolk countryside. “It means a diamond thunderbolt of universal loving kindness.”

It’s not quite what you expect to encounter on the edge of the sleepy village of Walsham-le-Willows, but then this is no ordinary barn. Since 2000, Potash farm has been home to Vajrasana, the rural outpost of the...

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A week in the metropolis in this strange third millennium

Posted by Singhamanas on Tue, 2 Aug, 2016 - 17:33

A week in the metropolis in this strange third millennium

Posted by Singhamanas on Tue, 2 Aug, 2016 - 17:33

Here’s a recent diary piece i sent in to the London Buddhist Centre magazine…..

Tuesday night back at the soup kitchen. They’ve put me on laundry and showers, and give me the special turtle-skin gloves to protect my fingers from hypodermic needles. I hate needles. Youssef comes in keen and chirpy. He’s Syrian and we speak some French. Normally a laundry load (wash & dry) costs a pound but Youssef doesn’t have anything save a can of Carling, which he...

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Some Divinity Shaping our Ends

Posted by Maitreyabandhu on Mon, 1 Aug, 2016 - 12:33

Some Divinity Shaping our Ends

Posted by Maitreyabandhu on Mon, 1 Aug, 2016 - 12:33

The poet Robert Frost had a sense that meaning was to be found neither in the supernatural (God) nor in the intimately psychological (the self), but transcended these distinctions. Maitreyabandhu investigates.

‘The interest, the pastime, was to learn if there had been any divinity shaping my ends and I had been building better than I knew.’

   –  Robert Frost in the preface to a selection of his poems, 1942

Other people’s confidence can astound me. They often seem to know who they are and what...

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The New Vajrasana Grand Opening Weekend

Posted by Singhamanas on Mon, 9 May, 2016 - 14:19

The New Vajrasana Grand Opening Weekend

Posted by Singhamanas on Mon, 9 May, 2016 - 14:19

Saturday the 28th & Sunday the 29th May
After five years of planning and two years of building work, the new retreat centre is finally opening with a weekend of special events. Both days feature tours of the building and a ritual dedication of the centre. The Public Opening on the 28th will include introductions to meditation and a talk by the architects, while the Sangha Opening on the 29th will focus around an opening ritual led by Subhuti. 
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