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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.

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.

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Live Events

Emptiness and the Heart Sutra

A Home Retreat with Tejananda and Friends

November 4-10 2022

🧘🏽‍♀️ 🧘🏽‍♂️ Seven days of meditation, lively exploration, and strong, supportive friendship: a space to explore why the wisdom of emptiness is, precisely, compassion.

Led by Tejananda and friends

Friday November 4th till Thursday November 10th 2022

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The Heart Sutra is one of the most familiar of all Buddhist texts and, inevitably, there are innumerable takes on ‘what it means’. How do we square the opening statement that the skandhas (our psycho–physical constituents) are ‘empty’ with the following one that ‘in emptiness’ there are no skandhas, no senses, no conditioned–arising? Early western commentators saw the sutra as full of paradox – but what if it is not an attempt to bamboozle our minds, but a hands–on method of practice and realisation?

What to expect
These are some of the questions that we’ll be exploring on this retreat:

  • We’ll see how our belief in an intrinsic, substantial ‘me’, separate from the rest of the world, has no basis in actual experience and is the underlying cause of suffering.
  • We’ll see how and why the wisdom of emptiness is, precisely, compassion.
  • And we’ll approach emptiness not as a topic of ‘Buddhist philosophy’, but as a direct way of realising our deepest nature, from which we are never apart.

Join Tejananda and friends for a deep dive into the nature of reality and love.

Come to any sessions you wish on this Home Retreat–catch up online with all the teachings throughout the week!

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Explore our growing archive of online Home Retreats!

Tejananda

Tejananda

Led by Tejananda and friends. Tejananda is the Chair of Vajraloka Retreat Centre in Wales, UK, one of Triratna’s earliest and foremost centres of in-depth meditation practice. He also teaches around the world, with a special connection to the Dharma community in and around San Francisco in the USA.

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!

Moving Through the World with an Open Heart

A day retreat with Jayachitta, exploring the practice of Tonglen, with meditation, movement and voice

04 December 2022

Viveka and Paramananda

This day involves three sessions to allow maximum participation internationally across time zones. Feel free to attend as many as you wish.

First daily session (1.5 hrs): USA PST 01:00 | México 03:00 | USA EST 04:00 | IE & UK 09:00 | Europe CET 10:00 | India 14:30 | Australia AEST 20:00 | New Zealand NZST 22:00

Second daily session (2.5 hrs): USA PST 05:30 | México 07:30 | USA EST 08:30 | IE & UK 13:30 | Europe CET 14:30 | India 19:00 | Australia AEST 00:30 (next day) | New Zealand NZST 02:30 (next day)

Third daily session (1.5 hrs): USA PST 10:30 | México 12:30 | USA EST 13:30 | IE & UK 18:30 | Europe CET 19:30 | India 00:00 (next day) | Australia AEST 05:30 (next day) | New Zealand NZST 07:30 (next day)

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About the day

Tonglen is a meditation practice centered around compassion in response to the sufferings of the world. The word ‘tonglen’ means “to send out and to receive”. The practice is closely related to the training of the Bodhisattva, whose heart opens unconditionally to all life and all living beings.

Pema Chödrön says: “All sentient beings without exception have…an inherent tenderness of the heart, its natural tendency to love and care for others. But over time, in order to shield ourselves from feeling pain and discomfort, we have erected solid barriers that cover up our tenderness and vulnerability.”

In these uncertain times, full of change and, sometimes, fear, how we can remain open and become still when we are truly aware of the sorrows around us? How can we, without closing ourselves off, be fully present here in this moment, and experience that we too are a part of the world?

What to expect

This day retreat is an introduction to Tonglen’s practice in a form that involves the body and voice. We will be using movement improvisation and meditation. No prior experience is necessary. You can expect to experience joy on this event!

The morning and evening sessions will give the context to the main practice, which will be introduced in the afternoon.

About Jayachitta
Jayachitta has been a Buddhist since 1981, and has lived and worked with other Buddhists for much of that time. She has a deep love of performance as a gateway into the infinity of human expression. Explorative improvisation, movement and ‘clowning’ are very important to her as supportive approaches to spiritual life, because these are based in physical expression and play. Jayachitta sees this kind of practice as an interactive way of entering and exploring the space that one discovers in meditation.

For more info, see www.playofnow.com

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):
£20-35 | $25-45 | €25-40

The Breath of Change: The Ancient Art of Letting Go and Accepting

Four Saturdays and Sundays in December
with Yashobodhi

Viveka and Paramananda

This holiday season, The Buddhist Centre Online will again host our annual event offering Tonglen practice with Yashobodhi. If you want some space and peace over Christmas and New Year, join us for ‘The Breath of Change’. You will be in excellent company!

Before we can let go suffering it needs to be received into awareness. Tonglen, a Tibetan word for sending and receiving, is a meditation that is timeless, yet utterly suitable for the challenges of any time. There are plenty of challenges in our world and practising tonglen can help you relate both to your experience and to the experience of others.

Difficult times can be the base material for compassion. Let’s look after ourselves and others by turning towards our struggles–and extend a hand and a breath to others during the holidays.

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Session times

Saturdays: December 10, 17, 24 and 31

USA PST 11:00 | México 13:00 | USA EST 14:00 | IE & UK 19:00 | Europe CET 20:00 | India 00:30 | Australia AEDT 06.00 (Sunday) | New Zealand NZDT 08:00 (Sunday)

Sundays: December 11, 18, 25 and January 1st

USA PST 01:00 | México 03:00 | USA EST 04:00 | IE & UK 09:00 | Europe CET 10:00 | India 14:30 | Australia AEDT 20.00 | New Zealand NZDT 22:00

 

About Yashobodhi
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 is originally from the Netherlands, but has lived and worked in the UK since 2010. She left her full-time position at the at the West London Buddhist Centre 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 post-pandemic.

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 for the whole series (pay what you can):
£90 / $125 / €100 or £10 / $15 / €12 per day

Daily Meditation

Viveka and Paramananda

We offer two open meditation spaces Monday to Saturday every week.

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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