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Buddhist events for everyone | Eventos budistas para todos
See what's on | Mira lo que pasa

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

Catch up on all our past 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 eventos.

¡Ponte al día en todos nuestros eventos en vivo pasados! 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 events program.

Catch up on all our past 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 eventos.

¡Ponte al día en todos nuestros eventos en vivo pasados! 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 

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Shantigarbha

A WAVE OF BLESSINGS

Triratna Day 2021: April 3rd (Save the Date!)

An International Programme hosted by Adhisthana

In April 1967 Bhante Sangharakshita founded what was to become the Triratna Buddhist Community. 54 years on, we celebrate this event and all that Bhante has given us, looking forward to how we continue to unfold his legacy in the future.

Bhante spent his last years at Adhisthana, the Place of Blessings, and we can imagine a wave of blessings spreading out from the burial mound across the world, like the waves from a pebble dropped into a pond.

A year in lockdown presented Adhisthana with the opportunity to reflect and further unfold the founding vision for the place. Those at Adhisthana have a keen sense of the worth of the words and teachings that Bhante has left us. We want to explore these treasures which reside in our library, and in the hearts and minds of those who have lived them, and bring them to life with an excitement and enthusiasm just as was around when the seminars and lectures were delivered.

The sessions are a collaboration between Adhisthana and different parts of the world, creating a bridge between the geographical areas that make up Triratna.

Sign up for our newsletter and we’ll let you know when the program is announced!

In the meantime, please check out their new website at adhisthana.org. Everyone at Adhisthana would be delighted to hear what you think!

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“I have been using this approach with people for a few years now and the results have never failed to amaze me. People often report feeling inspired, refreshed after the sessions. I am excited to offer this course for The Buddhist Centre Online. This kind of writing is sometimes called ‘writing for wellbeing’. It can be particularly supportive during challenging times, such as the current pandemic. I hope you will come along and will find it helpful.”

Yashobodhi

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Looking into the Well:
Using Writing to Explore the Mind

A four-week course with Yashobodhi

Sundays: March 7th, 14th, 21st, 28th
Each session will be done twice every week to accommodate time zones (see below for times and springtime changes mid-course!).

Come to any session you want with your ticket.

About the course
In this course we will use writing as a tool to tap into the abundance and wisdom that usually lie dormant under our habitual ways of viewing ourselves and the world.

The prompts we will be using invite us to inquire into images, metaphors or memories. After writing and reflecting we find ourselves looking with fresh eyes, a change of perspective that feels more open and wholesome.

Please note, this is not a course about improving general writing skills, or about creating a text.

 

What to expect
The two-hour zoom sessions start with a short meditation, followed by writing to a sequence of prompts ending with a short period of reflection. After a fifteen-minute break, we go into small groups to discuss and share anything we have learned, or that has come up through the writing.

You do not have to share your writing. It is for your eyes only!

Please get in touch if you have any questions.

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First session (2 hrs): IE & UK 09:00 | Europe CET 10:00 | India 14:30 (13:30 on Sunday 28th only| Australia AEDT 20:00 (21:00 on Sunday 28th only| New Zealand 22:00 (23:00 on Sunday 28th only)

Second session (2 hrs): USA PST 11:00 (12:00 on Sundays 14th and 21st only) | México 13:00 (12:00 on Sunday 28th only) | USA EST 14:00 (15:00 on Sundays 14th and 21st only) | IE & UK 19:00 | Europe CET 20:00 | Australia AEDT 06.00 (Monday) (05:00 on Monday 29th only) | New Zealand 08.00 (Monday) (07:00 on Monday 29th only)

N.B. Clocks change in the USA & Canada on March 14th, moving forward 1 hour. The times of the sessions in these areas will be affected on Sundays 14th and 21st only (see above).

Clocks change in Europe and the UK on March 28th, moving forward 1 hour. The times of the sessions in Australia, India, Mexico, and New Zealand will be affected on Sunday March 28th only (see above).

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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, 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.

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Yashobodhi is also a writer. She has had two books on Buddhism published in the Netherlands, and for many years contributed to an annual Dutch publication, writing short explanations of Buddhist quotes. She has 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.

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

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In the Footsteps of the Buddha: Where the Buddha’s Story Meets Our Own

A Home Retreat from Rivendell Retreat Centre with Mandarava and Nagasiddhi

Seven days of interactive meditation practice and workshops with storytelling

Friday April 23 – Thursday April 29 2021

Find out more! Book early to reserve your space.

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Meditation | Meditación

Viveka and Paramananda
Tejananda

Pointing to the Moon: Waking Up from a Core Delusion (March Session)

2 workshops led by Tejananda for experienced meditators
3 years minimum experience required

Saturday: 6th March
1st workshop (90 mins):  IE & UK 09:30 | Europe CET 10:30 | India 15:00 | Australia EST 20.30 | New Zealand 22.30

2nd workshop (90 mins): USA PST 11:00 | México 13:00 | USA EST 14:00 | IE & UK 19:00 | Europe CET 20:00 | Australia EST 06:00 (Sunday) | New Zealand 08:00 (Sunday)

The well-known metaphor of ‘a finger pointing at the moon’ is itself a pointer to something essential in Buddhist practice. It suggests: ‘Don’t mistake the finger for the moon’!  But what is the moon, and what is the finger? And how do we learn to tell the difference?

These two 90-minute workshops will be a mix of Dharma presentation, practice, interaction and inquiry. We’ll focus on the ‘moon’ by addressing a core delusion – that ‘I am separate’. Our approach will be to cultivate a sense of calm, embodied, aware presence, and to try and open up to unconditional love; exploring how we create and sustain the delusion of separation itself.

Each workshop will be unique with enough recap of previous material so that you can come to a single session. They will be ‘progressive’ though, and ideally you would attend all four or try to catch up what you miss using the video recordings, which we’ll make available online each day.

Tejananda has become known as one of Triratna’s foremost meditation teachers, deeply embedded in Buddhist tradition and practice, yet fresh, creative and pioneering. He is the director of Vajraloka Meditation Centre in North Wales and leads retreats and workshops all over the world.

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The finger pointing to the moon could be taken as whatever gets us looking and going in the ‘right’ direction. For example, the eight ‘right’ perspectives on Dharma practice that the Buddha taught.

But neither these nor any other Dharma practices are ‘right’ (or ‘wise’) if we’re relating to them literally as ends in themselves. That would be ‘attachment to rules and religious practices’ – believing that it’s enough to do our practices by rote, and losing touch with what it is they are pointing to.

What they are pointing us to is ‘waking up’ – bodhi. Waking up from the delusions that give rise to suffering. Bodhi is the ‘moon’ of our true nature, which is always here, even when obscured by clouds.

Building on a foundation of integration and embodiment, opening to positive emotion and the heart, we will approach spiritual death in various ways, seeking to see through the fundamental delusion that ‘I am separate’. This is better known as anatta, ‘not-self’, but this core pointing-out on the Buddha’s part isn’t suggesting that we’re somehow non-existent! Rather, it is pointing us back to our essential non-dividedness.

Seeing through such delusions wakes us up from our self-view and to an essential truth of the Dharma: the ‘moon’ of our undivided nature here and now.

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 per session:
$15  £15  €15

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

Weekly Wednesday Meditation for Sub-30s

Young Buddhists Online

Duration: one hour
UK 07:30 | 08:30 CET Europe | 18:30 EDT Australia | 20:30 New Zealand

Please note: there will be time zone changes at end of March.

A weekly chance for those aged 30 and under, who know both the Mindfulness of Breathing and the Metta Bhavana meditation practices, to gather together. With 5 minutes of teaching at the start, followed by 30 minutes of meditation and then a chance to meet (and talk about meditation) with other young people in breakout groups for 15 minutes at the end.

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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 

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photo of Bhante's green stone
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In the Footsteps of the Buddha: Where the Buddha’s Story Meets Our Own

A Home Retreat from Rivendell Retreat Centre with Mandarava and Nagasiddhi

Seven days of interactive meditation practice and workshops with storytelling

Friday April 23 – Thursday April 29 2021

First daily session (2 hrs):  IE & UK 09:30 | Europe CET 10:30 | India 14:00 | Australia AEDT 18.30 | New Zealand 20.30

Second daily session (1.5 hrs): USA PST 11:00 | México 13:00 | USA EST 14:00 | IE & UK 19:00 | Europe CET 20:00 | Australia AEDT 04.00 (next day) | New Zealand 06.00 (next day)

N.B. Your ticket is for any day – come to as many sessions as you like!

On this online retreat, with a sense of imagination, adventure and play, we will be exploring the images, myths and symbols of the Buddha’s journey to Awakening. These mythic images from the Buddha’s own story also touch upon deeper, archetypal currents in our own lives. We will dwell imaginatively together on the major turning points in the life of the Buddha, and reflect on how they resonate with our own experience.

Rather than seeing the Buddha as a distant historical figure, we will explore how his story embodies the very real journey we all need to embark upon to live a fully human life. Join us for a week-long Home Retreat, with talks, storytelling, meditation, ritual, community, and discussion!

Mandarava was ordained in 1997 and is a storyteller and puppet maker known for inspiring creativity in others and creating an atmosphere of magical depth. She is currently nearing the completion of her training in Somatic Experiencing.

Nagasiddhi regularly leads and supports retreats at Rivendell Retreat Centre and is also an artist and puppet maker. He is known for the sense of humour and creativity he brings to his Dharma teaching. In particular, he helps others make connections between the Dharma and their own lives by using stories and images from the ‘western’ tradition. His own artwork can be viewed at nagasiddhi.com.

Listen to ‘Into the Dark Wood’: a podcast about art and making during pandemic, with Nagasiddhi.

Watch Mandarava tell the Jataka tale of ‘The Brave Little Parrot’.

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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 retreat: $125 £125 €125

Viveka and Paramananda

Welcoming Liberation

A Monthly 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: February 27.

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.

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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 

Donations | Donaciones