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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.

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Live Events

Los diez caminos hacia una mejor vida budista: Sabiduría esencial desde el Parque de los Venados

Un retiro en casa por Parami y amigos basado en el Sutta⁠ Dasadhamma

Septiembre 16-22 de 2022

Ten Ways to a Better Buddhist Life:
Essential Wisdom from the Deer Park

A Home Retreat with Parami and friends based on the Dasadhamma Sutta

September 16-22 2022

🧘🏽‍♀️ 🧘🏽‍♂️ Siete días de meditación, exploración dinámica, y amistad profunda y compasiva: un espacio para formular tu propio camino hacia una mejor vida.

Dirigido por Parami y amigos en Inglés y Español.

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¿Qué debería esperar?
Las sesiones serán una mezcla de meditación, presentación, práctica, interacción y reflexión, incluyendo grupos pequeños de interacción.

También habrá una plataforma de mensajes comunitarios privados para los participantes del retiro.

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Vuelve a visitar el retiro en casa de Parami: Cómo realmente cambiar el mundo

Donaciones sugeridas por todo el retiro:
$175 / $1,500 MXN /£125 / €150 or $35 / $350 MXN / £25 / €30 por dia

Asiste a unas o a todas las sesiones por Zoom. 

🧘🏽‍♀️ 🧘🏽‍♂️ Seven days of meditation, lively exploration, and strong, supportive friendship: a space to formulate your own path towards a better life.

Led by Parami and friends in English and Spanish

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What to expect
The sessions will be a mix of meditation, presentation, practice, interaction and inquiry, including breakout groups.

There will also be a private community message board for all taking part in the retreat.

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Revisit Parami’s 2021 Home Retreat: How to Really Save the World

Suggested donation for the whole retreat:
$175 / $1,500 MXN /£125 / €150 or $35 / $350 MXN / £25 / €30 per day.

Get one ticket and come to any session you wish!

Viveka and Paramananda

Parami

“¡CAMBIA TU VIDA!” Estas palabras de un póster en Escocia en 1977 revolucionaron la visión que Parami tenía de ella misma y del mundo. Cuarenta y cinco años después, más fortalecida que nunca como una fuerza para el bien por su ejemplificación del Dharma y en el camino de la ética, generosidad y amistad en el grandioso espíritu del Ideal del Bodhisattva – existiendo por el beneficio de todos los seres.

‘CHANGE YOUR LIFE!’ These words on a poster in Scotland in 1977 revolutionised Parami’s view of herself and of the world. 45 years later, she’s going stronger than ever as a force for good in her exemplification of the Dharma, and in her pursuit of ethics, generosity and friendship in the great spirit of the “Bodhisattva Ideal” – living for the benefit of all beings.

 

Leer el 'Sutta Dasadhamma'

⁠Hay diez cosas en las que aquellos que han renunciado deberían reflexionar una y otra vez. ¿Cuáles son estas 10?

1. No estoy ya viviendo de acuerdo a metas y valores mundanos. Esto debe ser reflexionado una y otra vez por aquél que ha renunciado.

2. Mi propia vida está siendo apoyada por la generosidad de otros. Esto debe ser reflexionado una y otra vez por aquél que ha renunciado.

3. Tengo que esforzarme a abandonar mis viejos hábitos. Esto debe ser reflexionado una y otra vez por aquél que ha renunciado.

4. ¿Algún arrepentimiento de mi conducta pasada surge en mi mente? Esto debe ser reflexionado una y otra vez por aquél que ha renunciado.

5. ¿Mis amigos espirituales podrían encontrar fallas en mi conducta? Esto debe ser reflexionado una y otra vez por aquél que ha renunciado.

6. Todo lo que es mío, lo querido y apreciado por mi, todo este see transformara en algo mas y se separará de mi. Esto debe ser reflexionado una y otra vez por aquél que ha renunciado.

7. Soy dueño de mi karma, heredero de mi karma, nacido de mi karma. Estoy relacionado a mi karma y viviendo apoyado por mi karma: cualquier karma que genere, hábil o torpe; de ese seré el descendiente. Esto debe ser reflexionado una y otra vez por aquél que ha renunciado

8. Los días y las noches pasan sin descanso, ¿que tan bien estoy utilizando el tiempo? Esto debe ser reflexionado una y otra vez por aquél que ha renunciado

9. ¿Me deleito cuando estoy en soledad o no siento agrado? Esto debe ser reflexionado una y otra vez por aquél que ha renunciado

10. ¿He experimentado alguna verdad profunda o alguna percatación sabia que cuando encare a la muerte no me sienta apenado aun si me cuestionan mis amigos espirituales? Esto debe ser reflexionado una y otra vez por aquél que ha renunciado

Estas son las diez cosas en las que aquél que ha renunciado debería reflexionar una y otra vez.

Read the 'Dasaddhamma Sutta'

Friends, there are ten dhammas that should be reflected on again and again by one who has gone forth. What are these ten?

1. I am no longer living according to worldly aims and values. This should be reflected upon again and again by one who has gone forth.

2. My very life is sustained by the gifts of others. This should be reflected upon again and again by one who has gone forth.

3. I should strive to abandon my former habits. This should be reflected upon again and again by one who has gone forth.

4. Does regret over my conduct, arise in my mind? This should be reflected upon again and again by one who has gone forth.

5. Could my spiritual companions find fault with my conduct. This should be reflected upon again and again by one who has gone forth.

6. All that is mine, beloved and pleasing, will become otherwise, will become separated from me. This should be reflected upon again and again by one who has gone forth.

7. I am the owner of my karma, heir to my karma, born of my karma, related to my karma, abide supported by my karma, whatever karma I shall do, for good or ill, of that I shall be the heir. This should be reflected upon again and again by one who has gone forth.

8. The days and nights are relentlessly passing. This should be reflected upon again and again by one who has gone forth.

9. Do I delight in solitude or not? This should be reflected upon again and again by one who has gone forth.

10. Have I experienced any profound truth, or any wise insights, so that when facing death I need not feel ashamed when questioned by my spiritual companions. This should be reflected upon again and again by one who has gone forth.

Friends, these are the ten dhammas to be reflected upon again and again by one who has gone forth.

The Burning House

A course for Buddhists & eco-activists:
September 2022

Viveka and Paramananda

Going Deeper into the Burning House

Dates: 1, 8, 15, 22 September 2022.

Sessions (2 hrs 15 mins, with break): USA PST 11:00 | México 13:00 | USA EST 14:00 | IE & UK 19:00 | Europe CET 20:00 | India: 23:30 | Australia AEDT 04.00 (next day) | New Zealand NZDT 06.00 (next day)

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About the course

How can we wake up and respond to the climate and ecological emergency?

This two-part course follows Shantigarbha’s recently published book, The Burning House: A Buddhist Response to the Climate and Ecological Emergency and explores the most pressing question of our times.

Buddhists give great importance to mindfulness, wisdom, compassion and interconnectedness, qualities that often make them deeply concerned about the environment and climate change. So what does Buddhism have to say about the climate emergency? How can we see it for what it really is, a crisis of empathy?

This is a course for Dharmafarers concerned about the climate, and eco-activists wishing to ground their work in a spiritual context. We’ll offer:

– Support to process your responses to the climate and ecological emergency in a safe environment.

– Support in making the the climate and ecological emergency part of your Dharma practice. How do you decide to get involved?

– Support for eco-activists to avoid burnout: training in nonviolence, love and wisdom.

What to expect

The chapters follow the Buddhist path from self-development to social change, inspired by the profound principle of nonviolence, or love. Each week we will send you the corresponding chapter(s) of the book and ask you to read them as preparation for the session.

● Week one: The Burning House
● Week two: Anger, grief and gratitude
● Week three: Transforming self and world
● Week four: Be the change

This event is presented with the Triratna European Chairs Assembly

Suggested sliding scale donation (pay what you can):
$115-80 / £85-60 / €100-70

Viveka and Paramananda

About Shantigarbha

Shantigarbha is a Buddhist mediator and activist. He is an experienced teacher of both Buddhism and Nonviolent Communication (NVC).

Ordained into the Triratna Buddhist Order in 1996, he was given the name Shantigarbha, which means ‘Seed or Womb of Peace’. Through his practice of Buddhism, he came across NVC and has been sharing it as a certified trainer since 2004. Within the Triratna Buddhist Community, he holds responsibilities as an Order Convenor, a member of the International Council and supporting restorative practices.

He has trained members of Extinction Rebellion in Nonviolence and De-escalation skills.

Find out more about Shantigarbha

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Learning objectives

– To use empathy to explore what it means to care about the environment.

– To be able to communicate the ethical basis of Buddhist environmentalism.

– To be able to bring awareness to uncomfortable feelings including anger, depression, denial, fear, overwhelm and grief that may arise as you look squarely at the climate and ecological emergency, and have tools to work with them.

– To cultivate gratitude towards the earth as fuel for acting.

– To understand, be able to express and embody, the principles of nonviolent social change.

– To find the emotional freedom to act now.

– To practise guided reflections to deepen your connection to the Earth and your awareness of interconnectedness.

Facilitation track

We are offering a facilitation track for Triratna Order Members who want to lead this course at their own local Buddhist centre. If you want to join the facilitation track, please indicate this on the registration form.

Preparation for participation

N.B. Preparation is not required to participate.

Video of Shantigarbha’s session on The Burning House (given at Buddhist Action Month, June 2020)

– A crisis of empathy: Shantigarbha’s book on empathy I’ll Meet You There: A Practical Guide to Empathy, Mindfulness and Communication

David Loy, Ecodharma: Buddhist teachings for the Ecological Crisis

Marshall Rosenberg: Nonviolent Communication: A Language of Life, or watch one of the videos on our training preparation page.

NVC Life Hacks on YouTube

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Attend all conversations in Zoom. We’ll send you the link when you register.

This event may be recorded and parts published online for others to access. Only the leader’s video will be used.

Doorway to the Deep

A day retreat on meditation with Singhashri:
10 September 2022

Viveka and Paramananda

This day involves two sessions to allow maximum participation internationally across time zones. Feel free to attend one or both.

First session (4 hrs): USA PST 04:00 | México 06:00 | USA EST 07:00 | IE & UK 12:00 | Europe CET 13:00 | India 16:30 | Australia AEDT 21.00 | New Zealand 23.00

Second session (2 hrs): USA PST 11:00 | México 13:00 | USA EST 14:00 | IE & UK 19:00 | Europe CET 20:00 | India 23:30 | Australia AEDT 04.00 (next day) | New Zealand 06.00 (next day)

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About the retreat

If we dive deep enough into the sea, we reach a depth where the body is no longer buoyant enough to float nor heavy enough to sink. We remain suspended, hanging in deep blue space, able to move in any direction without the least bit of friction.

This place is called the doorway to the deep and it promises to open us to our true nature, our deepest potential when freed from afflictive mental states that bind us to suffering: either by taking us back to the surface or pulling us under. From this place we discover a more creative response to life, full of awareness, love and transformation.

What to expect

The sessions will be a mix of presentation, practice, interaction and inquiry, and may feature breakout groups.

We offer all our classes by donation. Please give generously so others who can’t afford to pay can attend more events like this.

Suggested sliding scale donation (pay what you can):
£20-35 | $25-45 | €25-40

About Singhashri
Singhashri is a queer, Latinx-American dharma teacher and writer. They teach mindfulness and compassion as a means to awakening to love, beauty and truth, and have committed their life to supporting collective liberation for all and the joy and freedom found there. They teach at various retreat and urban centres across the UK, Europe and the USA, and support a number of projects aimed at creating greater diversity and inclusion within Buddhist sanghas and the secular mindfulness field. They currently live in London with their partner.

www.radicalembrace.org

https://www.facebook.com/radicalembrace

Viveka and Paramananda

Marking the Change of Time

A Day of Reflective Writing and Meditation with Yashobodhi
25 September 2022

Viveka and Paramananda

This day involves two sessions. Feel free to attend one or both.

First session (4 hours): USA PST 05:00 | Mexico 07:00 | USA EST 08:00 | IE & UK 13:00 | Europe 14:00 CET | India 17:30pm | Australia AEST 22.00 | New Zealand NZDT 01:00 (next day)

Second session (2 hours): USA PST 11:00 | Mexico 13:00 | USA EST 14:00 | IE & UK 19:00| Europe 20:00 CET | India 23:30pm | Australia AEST 04.00 (next day) | New Zealand NZDT 07:00 (next day)

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About the day

Last year we held a wonderful and much-loved series of writing events with Yashobodhi.

For 2022 we’re back with the second of two day retreats: this one in Autumn in the northern hemisphere, spring in the southern hemisphere. As the clocks spring forward or fall back, here is an opportunity to reflect on the past and ponder the future.

And what better way to do that than in the here and now, in the company of like-minded friends? We will be following a series writing prompts that allow us to reflect on our lives, where we are and how we got there.

What have we learnt? What was important? What not so much…?

In this way images, patterns and thoughts can emerge that may show us a thread to follow into the future.

Come and join us for a seasonal marking of the changes in our lives, and the world around us.

What to expect

We will explore and practise through meditation and reflective writing. We will also interact in small breakout groups to give spoken words to our experience and be kindly witnessed by others.

This day consists of two sessions that can be attended separately. To get the most out of the retreat, it would, of course, work best to take part in the whole day.

In the first session we will focus on the past. In the second we will looking towards the future. Both parts of the day will finish with a short ritual.

About Yashobodhi
Yashobodhi has been teaching Buddhism, meditation and mindfulness in different settings for over 15 years. 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. 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.

Yashobodhi is also a writer. She had two books on Buddhism published in the Netherlands, and for many years contributed to an annual publication, writing short explanations to Buddhist quotes. She also published articles in a variety of magazines and was the editor of a Dutch Buddhist magazine. A few years ago Yashobodhi completed a course for facilitating expressive and therapeutic writing. She has been running a weekly writing group since the beginning of the pandemic.

Watch Yashobodhi’s previous events & subscribe on YouTube

Viveka and Paramananda

We offer all our classes by donation. Please give generously so others who can’t afford to pay can attend more events like this.

Suggested sliding scale donation (pay what you can):
£35-20 | $45-25 | €40-25

Daily Meditation

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Daily meditation times

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

First sit (45 mins):

USA (PST): 23:30 (previous day)
México: 01:30
USA (EST): 02:30
IE & UK 07:30

Europe (CET) 08:30
India 12:00
Australia AEDT 16:30
New Zealand NZDT 18:30 

Second sit (45 mins):

USA (PST) 05:00
México: 07:00
USA (EST) 08:00
IE & UK 13:00
Europe (CET) 14:00
India 17:30
Australia AEDT 22:00
New Zealand NZDT 00:00 (next day)

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