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How do you learn to be a human being?

Posted by dharmalata on Tue, 16 Oct, 2018 - 00:46

How do you learn to be a human being?

Posted by dharmalata on Tue, 16 Oct, 2018 - 00:46

If I think back through my own life there have been a few people who have been very influential in shaping who I’ve become. I am also aware that some people have been a fairly unhelpful influence whilst others have been enormously helpful. 

The Buddha said that to be in the company of those who are wise and mature in virtue is critical for both our present and future welfare and to be in the company of the...

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Philosopher Strikes Gold

Posted by dhivan thomas jones on Mon, 15 Oct, 2018 - 13:19

Philosopher Strikes Gold

Posted by dhivan thomas jones on Mon, 15 Oct, 2018 - 13:19

Another review – this time by myself (Dhīvan) on an excellent new history of Buddhist philosophy in India:

The Golden Age of Indian Buddhist Philosophy

by Jan Westerhoff

Oxford University Press, 2018, 326pp £30 hb

 review by Dhīvan

In a customary gesture in books like this one, [1] Jan Westerhoff asks in his introduction what the purpose might be in his writing another history of Buddhist philosophy, given that those already available were written by such eminent scholars. In this case, the eminent scholars are Volker Zotz (writing in...

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Welcome Programme organized for New Order Members

Posted by tejadhamma on Sun, 14 Oct, 2018 - 07:40

Welcome Programme organized for New Order Members

Posted by tejadhamma on Sun, 14 Oct, 2018 - 07:40

We have arranged a programme to welcome the new order who ordained on 14 Oct. 2018 at Sangharakhita Meditation and Retreat Center , Nanded.

This welcome programmes details are as under :

Welcome Program of Newly Ordained Order Members

Place :

Triratna Bouddha Mahasangha

C/o : Anagarika Dhammapal Buddhavihar,

...

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Weighing the Evidence

Posted by dhivan thomas jones on Fri, 12 Oct, 2018 - 10:55

Weighing the Evidence

Posted by dhivan thomas jones on Fri, 12 Oct, 2018 - 10:55

We present a review by Nāgapriya of Anālayo’s recent study of the Buddhist teaching of rebirth and what evidence there might be for the truth of it:

Rebirth in Early Buddhism and Current Research

by Bhikkhu Analayo

Wisdom Publications, Somerville MA, 279pp. hb. £22.50

review by Nāgapriya

Bhikkhu Anālayo has garnered a distinguished reputation as an authoritative scholar of the Pali Canon and early Buddhism. His mastery not only of Pāli sources but also of parallels in Chinese translation has enabled him to produce a growing corpus of...

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50 Years, 50 Voices: Vajratara

Posted by Satyalila on Thu, 4 Oct, 2018 - 14:46

I just would be an unintegrated mess if it wasn’t for the Sangha… communication with others and their help, and the inspiration of Sangha.

Vajaratra

This interview was recorded in 2012. 

Vajratara Annals

In 1968 I was not born. My parents were working in London on Vogue magazine where my father was feature’s editor and my mother worked in fashion. Apparently my father was so shy to ask my mother out that he went into her office, an office of only...

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I Can't Believe It's Not Buddha!

Posted by Sadayasihi on Fri, 5 Oct, 2018 - 10:42

I Can't Believe It's Not Buddha!

Posted by Sadayasihi on Fri, 5 Oct, 2018 - 10:42

Did the Buddha actually say “all worldlings are mad”, “all descriptions of reality are temporary hypotheses” or “all things are perfect exactly as they are”?  These are just some of the sayings that Bodhipaksa, author of Vegetarianism: A Buddhist View and of the Wildmind Buddhist Meditation site, investigates in his new book I Can’t Believe It’s Not Buddha!, an entertaining search for the truth amidst the haystack of ‘Buddha quotes.’

The book is Bodhipaksa’s response to encountering many dubious ‘quotes’ attributed to the Buddha...

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Befriending your Demons

Posted by dharmalata on Tue, 9 Oct, 2018 - 11:34

Befriending your Demons

Posted by dharmalata on Tue, 9 Oct, 2018 - 11:34

Befriending Our Demons

One of our senior order members named Purna has agreed to come over to Coogee to give a talk on the evening of Friday October 19th. 

BYO Vego dinner 7.30 pm and then talk to follow

He’s going to base it on the story of Padmasambhava taming the demons of Tibet in order to build Samye Monastery - no doubt there’ll be a parallel to the way we can befriend and transform the demons...

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Needing Nothing

Posted by Ratnaprabha on Mon, 8 Oct, 2018 - 15:57

In the first of a series of three podcasts entitled The World is Burning, Ratnaprabha explains why craving is such a fundamental issue for Buddhists, how it relates to both desire and clinging, why it causes us problems, and how to deal with it.

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Hindi talk by Pragyasakhi in order day at Nagpur

Posted by tejadhamma on Mon, 8 Oct, 2018 - 12:07

Hindi talk by Pragyasakhi in order day at Nagpur

Posted by tejadhamma on Mon, 8 Oct, 2018 - 12:07

Each  First Sunday of the month, all Order Members of Nagpur get together in Order Day. In chapter convener’s meeting at Nagpur, the series of talks have been organised by various local order members which are started by Dhammacharini Pragyasakhi , on - Practise of Awareness and transformation of our conscious. 

All the praticipated Order Members enjoyed the talk. Sugatadharini was the master of ceremony, Puja led by Aryaketu and Tejadhamma led Hridayasutta and Padmasambhava chanting....

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Great Ocean

Posted by Suryaprabha on Sat, 6 Oct, 2018 - 23:33

‘Suryaprabha’s subtle visual means of conveying his message is an important contribution to the arts in [Triratna].’ 

Friendship is the lifeblood of our movement and Sangharakshita’s example is its source. But there is no real record of his friendships, and as time passes chances to create it diminish.  What is needed is a film about Bhante and friendship.

‘I am grateful for your very skilled, beautiful hard work. Yes, your videos are very important to me, to us all - important even in ways...

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