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We’re taking a break from live events for much of August and September. Subscribe to the Dharma Toolkit Newsletter for details of our new autumn program, starting with more Courageous Conversations About Race!

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

Haremos una pausa en los eventos en vivo durante buena parte de agosto y septiembre. Suscríbase al boletín por correo electrónico de Dharma Toolkit para más detalles de nuestro nuevo programa de otoño, comenzando con más Courageous Conversations About Race (conversaciones valerosas sobre temas raciales).

¡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

We’re taking a break from live events for much of August and September. Subscribe to the Dharma Toolkit Newsletter for details of our new autumn program, starting with more Courageous Conversations About Race!

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

Haremos una pausa en los eventos en vivo durante buena parte de agosto y septiembre. Suscríbase al boletín por correo electrónico de Dharma Toolkit para más detalles de nuestro nuevo programa de otoño, comenzando con más Courageous Conversations About Race (conversaciones valerosas sobre temas raciales).

¡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 

Courageous Conversations About Race
A series curated by Vimalasara

In association with the International Triratna BIPOC/BAME Teaching Kula.

Sponsored by The Dharma Toolkit from The Buddhist Centre Online

Watch the first conversation with BIPOC/BAME Order members

Watch the second conversation with white Order members

Saturday September 26th

11:00 PST | 13:00 México | 14:00 EST | 19:00 UK | 23:30 India | Australia EST 04.00 (Sunday 27th) | New Zealand 07.00 (Sunday 27th)

Event length: 2 hours

Moderator: Vimalasara

Panelists: Amaradipa, Amitamati, Bodhilila, Candramalin, Dayavasini, Dhivajri, Lokamitra, Maitriveer-Nagarjuna, Prasadacarin

This conversation will be amongst a panel of Order members of mixed culture and race.

Questions will be invited from the audience. These panel discussions are free and open to the whole of the Triratna Community and to all who wish to attend.

There will also be a British Sign Language (BSL) interpreter at this event.

Courageous Conversations about Race is a series of three discussions curated by Vimalasara where members of the Triratna Buddhist Order will be talking about race from their personal experience.

This conversation will also be live-streamed on our YouTube channel.

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These conversations have been inspired by the recent uprisings against systemic and structural racism and the impact this has had on our Triratna Buddhist communities around the world. They are also a continuation of recent talks rooted in friendship between Viveka and Paramananda, and between Suryagupta and Subhuti.

It’s hoped that as many institutions are reflecting on systemic racism, we as a Buddhist community can reflect on how we can make Triratna more diverse, and our sanghas more reflective of the populations that live where some of our centers are situated.

Welcoming Liberation
Please join us for Welcoming Liberation: our monthly BIPIOC/BAME practice sessions.

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.

Book here for Welcoming Liberation

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Vimalasara worked as an international correspondent covering aboriginal deaths in custody, and Lands Rights. She has a podcast series interviewing people working in the field of addiction/trauma and those with lived experience in this area. Vimalasara recently moderated a national panel in Canada: The African Canadian Response to the Pandemics and Uprisings. She is Chair of Vancouver Buddhist Centre and a respected Dharma teacher and author.

Vimalasara’s most recent book is: I Am still Your Negro

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 

Shantigarbha

Public Ordinations

Watch live online as 16 women and 5 men join the Order

Despite the many constraints of lockdown around the world, ordinations into the Triratna Buddhist Order continue in new and innovative ways! Several people have already joined our Order this year (read about them here) – and soon a larger set of Dharma women and men will be making that great commitment.

Of course, we’ll be there to live-stream so you can take part wherever you are.

Expect plenty of joy as you watch a timeless ritual that includes the traditional offerings (flower, candle, incense); receiving the kesa (the white sash that signifies membership of the Order); and the receiving of a new Buddhist name!

Please join us for all the inspiration…

1: Adhisthana: 16 women
Monday September 28
USA 06:00 PST | México 08:00 | USA 09:00 EST | IE & UK 14:00 | Europe 15:00 CET | India 18.30 | Australia EST 23.00 | New Zealand 02.00 (Tuesday)

This event will also be live-streamed on YouTube and recorded for those who can’t attend live.

2: Padmaloka: 5 men
Thursday October 1
USA 06:30 PST | México 08:30 | USA 09:30 EST | IE & UK 14:30 | Europe 15:30 CET | India 19.00 | Australia EST 23.30 | New Zealand 02.30 (Friday)

This event will only be live-streamed on YouTube and recorded for those who can’t watch live.

 

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 three open meditation spaces Monday to Saturday every week. Connect here with the online meditations.

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

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: September 26.

USA PST 09:00 | México 11:00 | USA EST 12:00 | IE &UK 17:00 | India 21:30 | Australia EST 02.00 (next day) | New Zealand 05.00 (next day)

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

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 & 15th (please note the varying times)

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

Sagaramati has been studying, practicing and teaching the Dharma for over 30 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)

09:00 UK | 10:00 CET | 13:30 India | Australia EST 16.00  | New Zealand 19.00 

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)

08:00 PST | 10:00 México | 11:00 EST | 16:00 UK | 17:00 CET | 20:30 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 (November 15)

09:00 UK | 10:00 CET | 13:30 India | Australia EST 16.00  | New Zealand 19.00 

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