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Buddhist events for everyone | Eventos budistas para todos
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Subscribe to the Dharma Toolkit Newsletter for details of our new autumn program.

Catch up on all the summer’s live events! Watch and subscribe to our new channel on YouTube.

At the Dharma Toolkit we want to offer easy access to Buddhist approaches to life that can help you through the pandemic – and beyond!

Whether you’re brand new to Buddhism and meditation, or experienced in the ways of the Dharma, we hope you’ll find something here for you.

Join some of the best teachers from Buddhist Centres and retreat venues in our community for a series of online events to inspire and guide.

Meditate with us live online, six day a week!

All our classes are offered by donation. If you can, donate to allow others who can’t afford it to access these vital Dharma resources when they need them most.

Thank you!

Donate and support Dharma classes online

Suscríbase al boletín por correo electrónico de Dharma Toolkit para más detalles de nuestro nuevo programa de otoño.

¡Ponte al día en todos nuestros eventos en vivo del verano! Visita y suscríbete a nuestro canal en YouTube

En el espacio llamado Dharma Toolkit ofrecemos un acceso realmente sencillo a la perspectiva que ofrece el Budismo con respecto a la vida y que puede ayudarte durante esta pandemia ¡y mas allá!

Ya sea que te resulte nuevo el Budismo y la meditación, o que ya tengas experiencia en el Dharma, esperamos que encuentres algo para ti.

Conoce a algunos de nuestros mejores maestros de los Centros Budistas y centros de retiros que forman parte de nuestra comunidad en esta serie de eventos en línea en los que encontrarás inspiración y guía.

Todas nuestras clases se ofrecen por donativo. Si te es posible, dona para que permitas que otros que no pueden hacerlo tengan acceso a estos recursos del Dharma cuando más los necesiten. 

¡Gracias!

Dona y apoya las clases de Dharma en línea

Subscribe to the Dharma Toolkit Newsletter for details of our new autumn program.

Catch up on all the summer’s live events! Watch and subscribe to our new channel on YouTube.

At the Dharma Toolkit we want to offer easy access to Buddhist approaches to life that can help you through the pandemic – and beyond!

Whether you’re brand new to Buddhism and meditation, or experienced in the ways of the Dharma, we hope you’ll find something here for you.

Join some of the best teachers from Buddhist Centres and retreat venues in our community for a series of online events to inspire and guide.

Meditate with us live online, six day a week!

All our classes are offered by donation. If you can, donate to allow others who can’t afford it to access these vital Dharma resources when they need them most.

Thank you!

Donate and support Dharma classes online

Suscríbase al boletín por correo electrónico de Dharma Toolkit para más detalles de nuestro nuevo programa de otoño.

¡Ponte al día en todos nuestros eventos en vivo del verano! Visita y suscríbete a nuestro canal en YouTube

En el espacio llamado Dharma Toolkit ofrecemos un acceso realmente sencillo a la perspectiva que ofrece el Budismo con respecto a la vida y que puede ayudarte durante esta pandemia ¡y mas allá!

Ya sea que te resulte nuevo el Budismo y la meditación, o que ya tengas experiencia en el Dharma, esperamos que encuentres algo para ti.

Conoce a algunos de nuestros mejores maestros de los Centros Budistas y centros de retiros que forman parte de nuestra comunidad en esta serie de eventos en línea en los que encontrarás inspiración y guía.

Todas nuestras clases se ofrecen por donativo. Si te es posible, dona para que permitas que otros que no pueden hacerlo tengan acceso a estos recursos del Dharma cuando más los necesiten.

¡Gracias!

Dona y apoya las clases de Dharma en línea

Live Events 

Shantigarbha
Shantigarbha
Shantigarbha

An Online Festival of Light

International Sangha Day

November 28th 2020

What a year… Through dark days that have brought heartache for so many reasons, we’ve come together as a community time and time again. Resilient, reflective, remarkable. And now, as we head into winter in one hemisphere and summer in another, we invite everyone moved by the sangha in 2020 to gather again as one.

We’ll pass the torch around the world once more – starting at dawn in the south Pacific, ending with nightfall in the north – ringing Triratna with a blaze of light in a gorgeous online festival of Dharma. 

From Pune to Paris, Sheffield to Sydney, we’re asking you to bring with you the glow of your practice, the fire of your heart – and connect with so many of us who have seen the Buddha’s bright shining and answered its call. The world has never needed more the exemplification of generosity and friendship that is the best of our sangha. 

Join us on November 28th for a celebration of our deep illumined connections. And let’s get ready together for 2021, resolved to grow and give as a community. Here come all of us to light the way!

The day will be divided into six watches of the day and night, taking us from sunrise to sunrise, sunset to sunset.

Shantigarbha
Shantigarbha
Shantigarbha

Meditation | Meditación

Viveka and Paramananda

Weekly meditation times | Tiempos de meditación semanales

We are offering two open meditation spaces Monday to Saturday every week. Connect here with the online meditations.

Ofrecemos estos dos espacios de meditación de lunes a sábado todas las semanas.
Conéctese aquí con las meditaciones online.

Viveka and Paramananda
Viveka and Paramananda

Breathing In the World: A Journey into the Heart of Tonglen

A 4-week course led by Yashobodhi 

Sundays: 6th, 13th, 20th, 27th December
(each session will be done twice to accommodate time zones)

Each 2-hour session will be a mix of presentation, practice, interaction and inquiry. We will discuss and try out different approaches to the practice, and also have a go at practising them between sessions.

‘Early’ session:  UK & IE 09:00 | Europe CET 10:00 | India 13:30 | Australia EST 20.00 | New Zealand 22.00

‘Late’ session: USA PST 11:00 | México 13:00 | USA EST 14:00 | UK & IE 19:00 | Europe CET 20:00 | 

 

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Tonglen is a meditation method that originates in the Tibetan Buddhist tradition. In this practice we use the breath for turning towards suffering, either your own or others. Generally, we habitually turn away from emotional pain, but of course this doesn’t mean it disappears. Through tonglen we can learn to gently engage with suffering, opening up to it and tuning into the depths of compassion and equanimity.

At its best tonglen can be like alchemy. Through engaging with the practice, suffering turns into the gold of wisdom and positive emotion. Like any other practice, we need to put time and effort into it in order to get skilled. This course offers a framework for familiarising yourself with tonglen, learning different ways of engaging with this meditation. By turning towards the suffering in the world with curiosity and kindness, we support ourselves, people around us and ultimately the world.

Yashobodhi went on her first Buddhist retreat in the mid nineties and has been teaching Buddhism, meditation and mindfulness in different settings for over 15 years. She regularly leads retreats in the UK as well as internationally. She has done numerous long meditation retreats. She is originally from the Netherlands, but has lived and worked in the UK since 2010, initially mainly teaching at the West London Buddhist Centre. She left her full-time position at the WLBC in 2018, but still teaches a weekly class, now on zoom. In the last few years she has been teaching mindfulness and meditation in a range of contexts and continues to do so online during this pandemic.

This event is offered by donation. If you can, please donate today and support others to attend who cannot afford to pay. Thank you!

Suggested donation for the whole course:
$80  £80  €80

Viveka and Paramananda

Welcoming Liberation

A Space for Thriving BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People of Color) BAME (Black, Asian, Minority, Ethnic) Dharma and Community Connection.

Last Saturday of every month: 2 hours

Next meeting: November 28.

USA PST 09:00 | México 11:00 | USA EST 12:00 | IE &UK 17:00 | Europe CET 18:00 | India 22:30 | Australia EST 04.00 (Sunday) | New Zealand 06.00 (Sunday)

This is a gathering for people practicing the dharma, at any stage of that journey and experience and who also come from the richly diverse lived experiences of these intentionally welcomed identities: Black, Indigenous, and people of color inclusive of Asian/Pacific Islander, South East Asian, Native Hawaiian, Latinx, Arab/Middle Eastern, biracial, mixed heritage, multiracial, and any others identifying as non-white.

What is the space?
A monthly welcoming two-hour on-line international and intentional Triratna community space for:

  • Authentic connection and co-creating culturally diverse community (sangha)
  • Deepening dharma practice through meditation, reflection and real conversations
  • To practice welcoming, empathy, healing, wholeness, complexity, liberation and joy
  • Learning from each other and with a variety of BIPOC/BAME Triratna order members and community members
  • Making more possible genuine connection with the Triratna Buddhist community in this space, and beyond

We celebrate the multiplicity of “BIPOC/BAME” spaces in Triratna being offered by different Buddhist Centers. We hope many from those spaces will also benefit from this distinctly international space and that those looking for a space can find a home here

Where:
On Zoom – you will be emailed the link to join when you register

Supporting this space:
Anyone can make a donation to resource this space and the programming.

We know many in the Triratna community, who in racialized societies live as a white identity, are supportive of the people the space is for, even though you do not walk in the shoes of racialized discrimination directly. What is the invitation to you? You are welcome to give us the gift of well-wishing and understanding the need for this kind of space to create room to breathe and be together. You may also make a solidarity donation to assist with the practical costs of this gathering.

Donate via thebuddhistcentre.com/give (please indicate it’s for ‘Welcoming Liberation’)

Contact us

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Who is this space for?
This invitation is offered with the wish we all be free to self-define and be in choice about how we name social identities. The wish is for this description to be open and also draw a skillful boundary so it is clear who the space is for.

  • This is a gathering for people practicing the dharma, at any stage of that journey and experience
  • And who also come from the richly diverse lived experiences of these intentionally welcomed identities: Black, Indigenous, and people of color inclusive of Asian/Pacific Islander, South East Asian, Native Hawaiian, Latinx, Arab/Middle Eastern, biracial, mixed heritage, multiracial, and any others identifying as non-white.

What will we do together?
In the first season of this space we will attend to:

  • Community building and exploring how we can co-create the kind of community and space where we can flourish and liberation is possible
  • Share stories and engaging with a dharmic perspective on the rich complexity of who we are in all its dimensions. The sharing will be in smaller groups that will change from session to session.

Who is initiating the space?
Four order members across a range of BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People of Color) identities met to initiate this space. Bodhilila, Singhashri, Vimalasara, and Viveka. The idea for this has emerged from our friendships, collective imagination and an opening in our Triratna community. We chose to launch the space now given the current momentum in Triratna of acknowledging the need to acknowledge the impacts of racism and as Buddhists to work actively on learning about and support anti-racism and building the conditions for sangha that is inclusive of BIPOC/BAME people. We will be reaching out to other members of our community to join us in making this space vibrant and abundant.

Supporting this space:
Anyone can make a donation to resource this space and the programming.

We know many in the Triratna community, who in racialized societies live as a white identity, are supportive of the people the space is for, even though you do not walk in the shoes of racialized discrimination directly. What is the invitation to you? You are welcome to give us the gift of well-wishing and understanding the need for this kind of space to create room to breathe and be together. You may also make a solidarity donation to assist with the practical costs of this gathering.

Donate via thebuddhistcentre.com/give (please indicate it’s for ‘Welcoming Liberation’)

This event is offered by donation. If you can, please donate today and support others to attend who cannot afford to pay. Thank you!

Suggested donation:
$5  £5  €5 

Buddhism

photo of Sagaramati
photo of Sagaramati
photo of Sagaramati

Steer to the Deep
Three seminars with Sagaramati

October 18th, November 1st & December 6th

A series of 2-hour seminars for Triratna Mitras and Order Members looking at some fascinating, core Dharma teachings.

Each seminar is limited to 20 attendees and now full. However, we do get cancellations and use a waiting list. If you have booked and your circumstances change, please let us know so we can give your place to someone else.

This webinar is offered based on your ability to pay. If you can, please make a contribution. The suggested donation is £10/$15/€10 per seminar.

Donate now to support these seminars

Sagaramati has been studying, practicing and teaching the Dharma for almost 50 years. And this is a new kind of opportunity to enjoy and benefit from his wealth of knowledge, depth of reflection, and sparkling clarity! These are seminars that will also involve audience participation, with a chance to interact and ask questions.

Join us to ponder three classic texts inviting a fresh consideration of some foundational ideas at the heart of Buddhist understanding and practice.

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Seminar 1 (October 18): The Nature of Reality

09:00 UK | 10:00 CET | 13:30 India | Australia EST 19.00  | New Zealand 21.00 

Firstly, we consider the apparently simple, actually profound, teaching of paticca-samuppada: conditioned arising, dependent origination, complex conditionality. This is the Buddha’s fundamental insight into how things really are.

In this seminar we’ll be looking at early expressions of this concept before it was neatly formulated into the now traditional list of nidanas or ‘links’ in the cycle of conditioned existence. Come and get to the heart of the matter!

Seminar 2 (November 1): What is Wisdom?

08:00 PST | 10:00 México | 11:00 EST | 16:00 UK | 17:00 CET | 21:30 India 

Secondly, we will look at the Canki Sutta, in which the Buddha dialogues with a young and learned Brahmin about the nature of knowledge, conviction, and views.

How do you know if someone has awakened to the truth or not? And what is needed to attain the truth? Big questions, big conversation.

Seminar 3 (December 6): For the Benefit of All

09:00 UK | 10:00 CET | 14:30 India | Australia EST 20.00  | New Zealand 22.00 

To round off the series, we will delve into an early Perfection of Wisdom text known as the Ratnagunasamcayagatha or Collection of Verses on Precious Qualities, which starts:

Arouse in yourselves the highest kind of love, reverence, and serene faith.

Renounce the impurities of the hindrances and the defilements and be at peace…

Listen to the perfection of wisdom of the Gentle Ones,

Set forth for the benefit of all, and practised by the heroic.

We’ll explore together the many riches of this great text, evoking the understanding and qualities needed to practice the path of the Bodhisattva.

N.B. For this session, we will use the translation by Shraddhapa.

Donations | Donaciones