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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.
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.
The Poetics of Awakening
A Home Retreat with Paramananda and Bodhilila
January 20-26, 2023
What does it mean to really wake up?
🧘♀️ 🧘♂️ Seven days of meditation, soulful exploration, and strong, supportive friendship: a safe space to go deeper into experience and practice.
Led by Paramananda and Bodhilila
Friday January 20th till Thursday January 26th 2023
Visit the dedicated site for ‘The Poetics of Awakening’ for special Dharma resources and talks, and daily catch-up videos of all the practice sessions.
With his deeply grounded approach to Buddhist meditation and practice, Paramananda offers an approach that is a challenge both to the way we experience ourselves, and the way in which we see and ‘be’ in the world.
He guides us in rooting meditative experience in the body, turning towards whatever comes up in a kindly and intelligent way, and seeing through to another way of understanding and being in the world.
During this retreat, Bodhilila will be hosting a ritual space of practice every day live from the beautiful West London Buddhist Centre shrine room.
What to expect
The sessions will be a mix of meditation, poetry, presentation, practice, interaction and inquiry. One session each day will feature breakout groups. There will also be a private community message board for all taking part in the retreat.
Join us for an opening of the heart and imagination to our own deepest nature and place in the world.
Come to any sessions you wish on this Home Retreat–catch up online with all the teachings throughout the week!
Paramananda is an inspirational and much loved Buddhist teacher who has written a number of books on Buddhism and the craft of meditation, including ‘Change Your Mind’, ‘A Deeper Beauty’, and mostly recently ‘The Myth of Meditation: Restoring Imaginal Ground through Embodied Buddhist Practice’.
He worked for a number of years as a psychiatric social worker and did voluntary work in the community for the Samaritans, in drug detox, and in a hospice. Having co-founded the San Francisco Buddhist Center, Paramananda is now based in West London where is time is dedicated to teaching.
Bodhilila has been meditating and practising mindfulness for 27 years. She is a fully accredited Breathworks mindfulness trainer as well as a qualified counsellor, teacher and massage therapist. She worked for many years as a classical musician and more recently as a nursery manager. She is currently Chair of the West London Buddhist Centre, where she has been teaching meditation, mindfulness and Buddhism, as well as helping to run the Centre, since 2012. She regularly leads retreats for the WLBC and at Taraloka women’s retreat centre.
Suggested donation for the whole retreat:
$175 / $1,500 MXN /£125 / €150 or $35 / $350 MXN / £25 / €30 per day.
Like all our events, this retreat is offered by donation rather than charging a compulsory ticket price. We want to do this because we never want money to be an obstacle to taking part in a supportive community, and we know many people are struggling financially in the wake of the pandemic and cost of living crisis. The amount we suggest reflects the huge amount of work and love that goes into putting on events we hope will benefit everyone attending. If you can, please donate today to help us continue with our work and support others to attend who cannot afford to pay. Thank you!
Get one ticket and come to any session you wish!
The Dharma of Dreams:
Cultivating dream awareness in the Buddhist tradition
Three Saturdays in spring with Arthabandhu
About the course
Join Arthabandhu and other dreamers for a three-week course exploring the many realms of dream and sleep, and their significance in the Dharma life.
‘Dreams of Clarity’ is a term from Buddhist Dream Yoga referring to dreams that put us in touch with archetypal dimensions. They are rich, colorful, and often prove to be of deep spiritual significance – sometimes being received by the dreamer as teachings or imparting wisdom.
In order to access our dreams in this way it is necessary first to become more receptive to dream experience. This initially involves the ability to recollect our dreams, then learning how to deepen this faculty so that we become deeply sensitive to them and able to bring Dharmic qualities such as metta (deep kindness), shraddha (faith based on experience), and mindfulness into our dream life.
What to expect
At each stage of the course we will cultivate a deepening awareness and appreciation of our dreams. There will be a new theme each week along with simple practices that we can apply, the fruits of which, if we wish, we will be able to share with our dream group during the next session.
Three Saturdays: March 18, 25, April 1
Please note: clocks change in some parts of the world during the course of this series. Weekly time changes for different regions are shown below in bold.
March 18, 25 (2 hrs): USA PST 12:00 | México 13:00 | USA EST 15:00 | IE & UK 19:00 | Europe CET 20:00 | India 00:30 | Australia AEST 06.00 (next day) | New Zealand NZST 08.00 (next day)
April 1 (2 hrs): USA PST 11:00 | México 12:00 | USA EST 14:00 | IE & UK 19:00 | Europe CET 20:00 | India 00:30 | Australia AEST 04.00 (next day) | New Zealand NZST 06.00 (next day)
We offer all our classes by donation. Please give generously so others who can’t afford to pay can attend more events like this.
£50 / $60 / €60 for the whole series or £20 / $25 / €25 drop-in per week
Arthabandhu has long had a special interest in dreams and has explored them in relation to Buddhist practice ever since hearing his Buddhist teacher Sangharakshita say: “If you want to really know yourself, pay attention to your dreams.”
Arthabandhu has explored Lucid Dreaming and Buddhist Dream Yoga, as well as studying other approaches to dreams including their application in Gestalt Psychotherapy. He has kept detailed dream diaries, including illustrations, which he has now made into a zine (link below) using these images and extracts from his diaries.
We offer two open meditation spaces Monday to Saturday every week.
First sit (45 mins):
USA (PST): 23:30 (previous day)
USA (EST): 02:30
IE & UK: 07:30
Europe (CET): 08:30
Australia (AEDT): 16:30
New Zealand (NZDT): 18:30
Second sit (45 mins):
USA (PST): 05:00
USA (EST): 08:00
IE & UK: 13:00
Europe (CET): 14:00
Australia (AEDT): 22:00
New Zealand (NZDT): 00:00 (next day)