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Searching for the Sublime

Posted by dhivan thomas jones on Sun, 22 Apr, 2018 - 19:46

Searching for the Sublime

Posted by dhivan thomas jones on Sun, 22 Apr, 2018 - 19:46

Here is a review by Ben Atmer of Vajragupta’s new book from Windhorse Publications:

VajraguptaWild Awake: Alone, Offline & Aware in Nature

Windhorse, Cambridge, 2018, £10 pb

review by Ben Atmer

Vajragupta, a member of the Triratna Buddhist Order and writer, has had published a new book based on his long and deep immersion in the practice of solitary retreat. He attempts, for the most part remarkably successfully, to convey his sense of intimacy with the natural world, and tries to suggest just what it...

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First Release From 50 Years, 50 Voices

Posted by Candradasa on Wed, 18 Apr, 2018 - 23:27

50 Years, 50 Voices is our beautiful new online project to document 50 years of people’s commitment and practice within the Triratna Buddhist Order around the world.

This week we are delighted to release the first extracts from the recordings commissioned. And most fittingly these are by Ananda, one of the very first batch of Order members ordained in 1968. Here he is talking delightfully about his first meeting with Sangharakshita and his own quest for an exotic, magical way...

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50 Years, 50 Voices: Ananda

Posted by Satyalila on Wed, 18 Apr, 2018 - 22:55

“So my impression of Bhante was that he was a magician who had some secrets that I wanted to get…”

Ananda’s Annals 
In 1968 I was a 24 year old hippy living in a Buddhist commune in Purley.  I was also a sound engineer working at the BBC.  I was ordained into the Western Buddhist Order in April 1968.

In 1978 I was an ex-hippy art student studying for a Diploma in Graphic Design at Croydon College of Art.  I also began...

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Karuna Looking for Volunteers for Phone Appeal

Posted by Sadayasihi on Mon, 9 Apr, 2018 - 15:52

Karuna Looking for Volunteers for Phone Appeal

Posted by Sadayasihi on Mon, 9 Apr, 2018 - 15:52

Karuna are looking for volunteers to join them for their telephone appeal, based in the Karuna office in North London as part of this year’s Buddhist Action Month.

Karuna works to end caste-based discrimination, poverty and inequality in India and Nepal. By providing tools, skills and support to grassroots organisations, Karuna can create community champions and build local networks. These networks then spread, benefiting even more people and sustaining the cycle of transformation. You can watch the short...

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New Inter-Buddhist Union formed in Ireland

Posted by Sadayasihi on Mon, 9 Apr, 2018 - 16:37

New Inter-Buddhist Union formed in Ireland

Posted by Sadayasihi on Mon, 9 Apr, 2018 - 16:37

Maitrikaya from the Dublin Buddhist Centre writes: “On March 24th 2018 at the historic Rotunda building in Dublin a meeting took place to establish the Irish Buddhist Union (IBU) to represent Buddhism in Ireland. The IBU is a new umbrella association of Buddhist Sanghas and Organisations in Ireland. It is envisioned as a fellowship of Irish Buddhists, intending to bring Buddhist ideas and principles to the attention of wider Irish society.

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Sadhu to all involved, may it benefit many. A 12% growth in 7 years in big. Do you know which faiths have grown even more than Buddhism in Ireland??

Kind wishes

Vajracaksu 

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Hi Vajracaksu,

Interesting question! Looking at the information from the Central Statistics Office (which you can find here) there were two other religions which grew more than Buddhism in Ireland between 2011 and 2016:  there was a 28.1% increase in the number of Muslims (up to 63,443 people) and a 34% increase in the number of Hindus (up to 14,332 people).  Buddhism is the next largest non-Christian religion after that.  The next census will be in 2021 so it will be interesting to see if the upwards growth of Buddhists in Ireland continues!

With Metta,

Sadayasihi

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Thank you Sadayasihi for taking the trouble to respond, I’ve taken a bit of a look at the link you sent. It seems to me that the wording of the original article was not accurate. The numbers of Buddhists are growing in Ireland but that Buddhism is one of the slowest or the slowest growing one:

Hindus 34%
Jewish 28.9%
Muslims 28.1%

Buddhist 12.1%

It is great that more people are interested in the Dharma of course but in this day and age I’m especially fond of ‘accuracy of narration.’

Thank you for the job you’re doing.

Kind wishes

Vajracaksu 

 

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Thanks for pointing this out Vajracaksu.  I take your point about accuracy of narrative. Just to say that I think Maitrikaya got that statistic from an article in the Irish Times, a national newspaper.

If you look at the list of religions (in the database list) there are 53 listed.  Without going through all 53 (and deciphering which are Christian and non-Christian) and calculating the % growth or otherwise between 2011 and 2016 I can’t definitely dispute whether Buddhism should now go from being described as the fastest growing to the slowest growing religion or not.   

However the fact remains that the numbers of Buddhists in Ireland according to the census indicate that it is the third largest grouping after Muslims and Hindus, which seems the most significant point, and why at this juncture an Irish Inter-Buddhist network would be warranted.

I hope things are going well in Istanbul.

With Metta,
Sadayasihi

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Excellent. Very impressed by the RTE video -beautifully done. Your second and third links above are the same btw.

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50 Years, 50 Voices: Ananda

Posted by Satyalila on Wed, 18 Apr, 2018 - 22:55

“So my impression of Bhante was that he was a magician who had some secrets that I wanted to get…”

Ananda’s Annals 
In 1968 I was a 24 year old hippy living in a Buddhist commune in Purley.  I was also a sound engineer working at the BBC.  I was ordained into the Western Buddhist Order in April 1968.

In 1978 I was an ex-hippy art student studying for a Diploma in Graphic Design at Croydon College of Art.  I also began...

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Saddhanandi on Responsibility Q&A

Posted by Prajnaketu on Mon, 16 Apr, 2018 - 15:19

Saddhanandi on Responsibility Q&A

Posted by Prajnaketu on Mon, 16 Apr, 2018 - 15:19

In this Q&A session with the young facilitators, Saddhanandi explores with great depth and humour the topic of responsibility - How do we learn from mistakes? How do we measure success? When do we act as individuals and when as group members? How does spiritual growth manifest in action? And so many more pithy teachings!

Filmed at the March 2018 Young Facilitators weekend at Adhisthana - thanks to Sanghadhara for posting this!...

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Saddhanandi interviewed by Kusaladevi

Posted by Prajnaketu on Mon, 16 Apr, 2018 - 15:16

Saddhanandi interviewed by Kusaladevi

Posted by Prajnaketu on Mon, 16 Apr, 2018 - 15:16

‘Responsibility is the ability to respond’

Saddhanandi evokes the spirit of Dharmic responsibility in this wonderfully personal interview with Kusaladevi.

Filmed at the March 2018 Young Facilitators weekend at Adhisthana - thanks to Sanghadhara for posting this!

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Sangharakshita - Celebrating 50 years of The Triratna Buddhist Order (Interview by Saddhandi)

Posted by sanghadhara on Mon, 16 Apr, 2018 - 11:17

Sangharakshita - Celebrating 50 years of The Triratna Buddhist Order (Interview by Saddhandi)

Posted by sanghadhara on Mon, 16 Apr, 2018 - 11:17

Saddhanandi Interviews Sangharakshita during the Celebrations of the 50th Anniversary of The Triratna Buddhist Order at Adhisthana, UK - 7 April 2018

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A Women's Day with Parami

Posted by RCheesley on Fri, 13 Apr, 2018 - 14:10

A Women's Day with Parami

Posted by RCheesley on Fri, 13 Apr, 2018 - 14:10

Open to all women of the Triratna Buddhist Community sangha.

A fantastic opportunity to spend the day with Parami, public preceptor and a very experienced order member.

Join us at Ipswich Buddhist Centre from 10am-4pm on Sunday, 22nd April.

Places are limited so early booking advised - you can book online via Eventbrite here.

Please bring a veggie lunch to share if you are able.

If the cost of the ticket is a difficulty please contact us before booking your space by emailing enquiries [at] ipswichbuddhistcentre.org.uk (subject: Parami%20Day%20Enquiry)...

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