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Covid-19 Emergency Funding to Triratna Projects and People in India

Thu, 11 Jun, 2020 - 17:13

Covid-19 Emergency Funding to Triratna Projects and People in India

Thu, 11 Jun, 2020 - 17:13

From The Abhayaratna Trust, FutureDharma Fund / India Dhamma Trust and The Karuna Trust.

In response to the coronavirus pandemic that is putting many people and communities in desperate circumstances in India, a number of appeals have been initiated by Triratna Trusts and individuals both in the East and the West.

In Europe, The Abhayaratna Trust, FutureDharma/India Dhamma Trust and the Karuna Trust/Karuna Germany are all active in raising and distributing emergency relief funds to people in need in India. In addition, Subhuti launched...

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In memory of Rob Burbea

Sat, 30 May, 2020 - 15:27

In memory of Rob Burbea

Sat, 30 May, 2020 - 15:27

Rob Burbea, who died aged 54 earlier this month, was a Dharma teacher loved and valued by many of us in the Triratna community. His clear teachings on emptiness and the imaginal may prove to be of great significance for the development of Dharma traditions in the West. Rob was steeped in the Insight meditation tradition in the USA and Europe. He was also, among other things, a classical and jazz guitarist, a climate activist and a lover of...

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Here’s the piece as a PDF formatted for small screens.

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Dear Satyadasa, Thank you so much for this very moving, beautiful and interesting obituary. Metta, Munisha
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Thank you for this Satyadasa. I have greatly benefitted from Robs teachings and I miss him. To soon to go. Much metta to Rob.

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A beautiful tribute to the ever lively breath of fresh air Rob  breathed over many seekers of truth - and that in all its “aspects”  and ways of possible manifestation. A brilliant mind. Like our own founder … it’s not as if these minds and hearts GO anywhere. They just live on in another aspect. Thank you so much  Satyadasa.

Satyadevi 

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Lovely put Satyadevi and I miss him. 

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Ordination at the London Buddhist Centre

Mon, 6 Apr, 2020 - 13:07

Ordination at the London Buddhist Centre

Mon, 6 Apr, 2020 - 13:07

We are very happy to announce the public ordination of ex-Gus Miller took place on Sunday 5th April at the London Buddhist Centre.

The ordination was not public, but was live-streamed (you can see it here).

Gus becomes Sthiramanas, a Sansksrit name meaning Steadfast Mind. (Registered spelling Sthiramanas.)

Maitreyabandhu was his private preceptor and Paramabandhu was his public preceptor.

Sadhu! Sadhu! Sadhu!

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Coronavirus Grants for Triratna Order Members

From Abhayaratna Trust on Wed, 1 Apr, 2020 - 18:21

Coronavirus Grants for Triratna Order Members

From Abhayaratna Trust on Wed, 1 Apr, 2020 - 18:21

The Abhayaratna Trust is responding to the financial hardship resulting from the spread of Covid-19 by offering short term relief through cash grants of up to £500 per Order member as support at this time.

Many Order members are self-employed and the sudden loss of income has left some of them without the resources to pay food and utility bills and with rent shortfalls. Access to state benefits can be too slow or not available in many countries. 
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Ordination in Melbourne, Australia

Sat, 28 Mar, 2020 - 21:57

Ordination in Melbourne, Australia

Sat, 28 Mar, 2020 - 21:57

We are delighted to announce that Itir Binay from Melbourne, Australia was publicly ordained in Melbourne on Saturday 28th March, 2020.

Ex-Itir becomes Varadhī. Her name means ”She who has the highest wisdom”. (Westernised spelling: Varadhi). Her Public Preceptor is Maitripala and her Private Preceptor is Chittaprabha.

The ceremony was witnessed by over 100 members of the Melbourne Sangha live on Zoom. You can watch a recording of the ceremony here which ends with a beautiful wave of sadhus around the world.

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Triratna Responds to the Coronavirus

Fri, 27 Mar, 2020 - 09:57

Triratna Responds to the Coronavirus

Fri, 27 Mar, 2020 - 09:57

As the Covid-19 pandemic continues to spread across the world, how have Triratna Buddhist Centres and team-based right livelihood businesses been responding?

By now most Triratna Buddhist Centres and groups have closed their doors - but many have opened up on the digital universe and invited their sanghas to join them online. Various Triratna Centres across the world are now offering courses classes, pujas, urban retreats and other events online. Now is a great time to try out joining in some of the...

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Great to see such a huge response! Please can you add the North London Buddhist Centre to the list?

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Yes, no problem Singhashri - just send on the details to the above email and we’ll get them online.

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When I look at the NLBC website I see no obvious mention of any online activities - that’s why it hasn’t been included so far. 

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Hello from Stockholm!

Here in Sweden things are rather different: there’s no lockdown and the Stockholm Centre is still open but almost nobody is going there and we’re doing everything online even if also doing it at the Centre. Just two people attended Dharma night last Monday but 31 came on Zoom and some of them were taking part from far away places. Now, normally there are just about 12 locals present in person, so clearly there is much to gain from this new approach.

Sadhu to everyone being so creative and generous to others. May the world be as well and happy as possible in this terrible situation. May all of us, Friends, Mitras and Order members, breathe in and breathe out with metta for all suffering beings.

Metta,
Munisha

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Could I plug my daily meditations on Facebook Live here? I am currently leading a session involving a theme, bodywork and a meditation for around an hour at 7.30 UK time every morning. I intend to lead these sessions for the foreseeable future. Today I added in meditations (sitting together, bells only) at 12.30pm and 5.30pm, and may add more in future. It is going well, currently I’m up to around 4000 views on Facebook.

Today was Day 15. Each week has a theme. In the first week it was about getting started; with various kinds of bodywork and our tradition meditations. Last week I went into the Five Buddha Mandala, and the verses that refer to ‘the Bardo’s Dangerous Pathway.’ This week I am going into the Four Foundations of Mindfulness, beginning today with ‘Contemplation of the Body.

To join in the sessions live you just need to access my Facebook page here

https://www.facebook.com/mahabodhi.burton.33

The sessions should stay there indefinitely (I hope). Or if you do not do Facebook you can access them on my YouTube channel at

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCvmXLZ9eXjnqjaYLrzdxE-Q?fbclid=IwAR0nZk…

With metta

Mahabodhi

Please pass this information on to others in Triratna.

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Translating the Dharma into Hebrew

Fri, 13 Mar, 2020 - 11:09

Translating the Dharma into Hebrew

Fri, 13 Mar, 2020 - 11:09

Accessing the Dharma in your own language can make a significant difference to a person’s ability to practice. The Triratna Translations Board was set up at the end of 2015 to promote and coordinate translation projects in many languages and have enabled the translations of many Triratna books.

The latest of these is What is the Dharma by Sangharakshita, which has now been translated into Hebrew.

Prakashika, born in Israel, but now living in Australia,...

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Buddhist Film Nights in Hastings

Wed, 4 Mar, 2020 - 11:00

Buddhist Film Nights in Hastings

Wed, 4 Mar, 2020 - 11:00

Chris McKenna is a mitra practicing with the Hastings sangha on the south coast of England. Five years ago, after discussion with friends, Chris approached the local independent cinema - The Electric Palace - about the possibility of showing regular screenings of films that would be of interest to the local Buddhist community.
 
Initially the cinema was reluctant and asked if he could guarantee that twenty five of the fifty seats would be filled. Obviously he couldn’t...

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Building Buddhist Businesses

Mon, 2 Mar, 2020 - 16:39

Building Buddhist Businesses

Mon, 2 Mar, 2020 - 16:39

Right Livelihood is an important aspect of the Buddha’s Noble Eightfold Path. The Buddha encouraged his followers to engage in compassionate activity, and to make their living in a way that does not cause harm and that is ethically positive. But what does that look like in today’s world? How do we engage with work as Buddhists, and what are the options if you want to work with other Buddhists? The idea behind the “Building a Buddhist Business” workshop held recently at the London Buddhist Centre...

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New President of Wellington Buddhist Centre

Thu, 27 Feb, 2020 - 16:52

New President of Wellington Buddhist Centre

Thu, 27 Feb, 2020 - 16:52

After a substantial thirty years as the President of the Wellington Buddhist Centre, Nagabodhi handed on this role to Jnanadhara in a beautiful ritual, with rejoicings, meditation and song on Tuesday 25th February. 

Saradarshini, the Chair of the Wellington Buddhist Centre, writes about this significant occasion:

“How fortunate we are! Not only have we had a fabulous President in Nagabodhi for the last thirty years, now we have Jnanadhara, experienced, dedicated, capable and young (ish). And that’s not all! Jnanadhara found the Dharma at the...

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