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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.

Thank you!

Donate and support Dharma classes online

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¡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 

Shantigarbha

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 now to reserve your space.

Shantigarbha

Alive in Nature

A series of Dharma micro-adventures live from the Scottish Highlands!

Saturdays May 8, 15, 22

First daily session (2 hrs): IE & UK 07:30 | Europe CET 08:30 | India 12:00 | Australia AEDT 16.30 | New Zealand 18.30

Second daily 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)

About this live experience
The community at Dhanakosa Retreat Centre, in the beautiful environs of Loch Voil, invite you to join them at home and outdoors for a series of truly remarkable shared experiences reflecting and practicing the Buddha’s way in nature.

Live meditations, stories and sharing. And a chance to have your own micro-adventure outside, all with the support of a community that – just like you – longs for contact with beauty and life beyond the confines of four walls. 

Join us for three Saturdays in May, wherever you are in the world. Let us bring some of the joy of exploring the Dharma in nature back into your world. It’ll be a balm for your heart, soul, and spirit!

Shantigarbha
Shantigarbha

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: £90 / $120 / €120 for the whole season (£15 / $20 / €20 per session)

photo of Sagaramati
photo of Sagaramati

Testimonials about these workshops

“I think you hit a sweet spot of a great mix of inputs and provocations that allowed and enabled a wonderful group to build trust, openness and shared learning. It felt more like an experience than a course – I enjoyed that.”

~ George Thomson

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“… the course was very interesting and very useful as a reflection on how we act. The improvisation activated direct experience, not the telling of what is, but the living. What could have gone better? Everything went as it should :-)”

~ Francesca Fazzio

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“In safe hands with Jayachitta – sensitive / responsive to group and depth of own practice.”

~ Dh Suryaka

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“If you walk through damp summer meadows swallows will follow as they feed on the insects that your feet scuff up. Improvisation too scuffs up insects that usually lie undisturbed – fear, self-consciousness, vulnerability, chaos, play – all food for the soul.”

~ Maitridevi, meditator and participant in Improvisation & Meditation Retreat 2012

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“Jayachitta’s clarity of explanation, ability to find the right words, and timing were of the highest order. The inputs were informed by a wonderful observation of what was going on. There was a lot of humour and sheer enjoyment, which taught us valuable lessons.”

~ George Thomson, CEO of Volunteer Scotland, participant in retreat 2012

Into the Valley of Being: Meditation and Movement Workshops with Jayachitta

Join us for a series of meditation and movement workshops – a celebration of connectedness, lightness and relaxation in a spirit of play!

Sundays, 2 hours
2nd May, 9th May – Into the Valley of Being
30th May, 6th June – A Celebration of Connectedness

Each workshop will be done twice to accommodate time zones. Get one ticket and come to as many sessions as you wish!

First session: IE & UK 09.00 | Europe CET 10.00 | India 13.30 | Australia AEDT 18.00 | New Zealand 20.00

Second session: US PST 10.30 | US EST 13.30 | IE & UK 18.30 | Europe CET 19.30 | India 23.00 | Australia AEDT 03.30 | New Zealand 05.30

About the workshops
These interactive workshops will use embodied exercises from dance and improvisation to support meditation practice. They give us an opportunity to deepen connection with ourselves and with others through easy elements of movement, in the spirit of play and joy to guide us into embodied presence and interaction.

Together, we will explore how to suffuse our meditation and practice of the Dharma with more lightness and relaxation. The four workshops are divided into two sets: “Into the Valley of Being” and “A Celebration of Connectedness” – they are part of a connected series but you are welcome to come to any session you wish.

This series is for anybody who wants to try out meditation supported by the practice of body-based improvisation in a supportive environment. You can work within any space you have available, large or small. Please wear comfortable clothing, and for some parts of the session it would be good if you are able to use a camera.

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More about ‘Into the Valley of Being’
Two workshops exploring what it means to be present, without doing – in movement and meditation. Playfully we can discover what is already naturally there.

During this time of isolation, our sense of ourselves and contact with each other has changed. Activities that seemed natural have fallen away, such as meeting with other people to meditate, or to travel. ‘We’ or who we thought ‘we’ were, has been put into question. We know less; we are less able to act, do, instigate, manage our lives in the way ‘we’ thought of as normal.

Maybe it is time to move to a different kind of knowing; also a different kind of practice of meditation. Some Buddhist paths speak of transcendence of mundane existence, as if one were ascending to the mountaintop. Some others (e.g. the Japanese Pure Land School) speak of a descent into the valley, where fecundity is nourished and dynamic creativity is born. Also a resting place for everything that is washed down from the mountaintop, welcoming all of us with disappointments and fragility.

Drawing on these themes we will engage in practice of being present, without doing – in movement and meditation. Playfully we can discover what is already present naturally, without effort, and can be discovered with curiosity and attentiveness.

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More about ‘A Celebration of Connectedness’
Openness, space and interconnectedness that are present even when times are uncertain. This is the theme of improvisation: being in the unknown, and allowing ourselves to be moved not by our personal intention, but by greater forces flowing through us, responding to life as it presents itself, now. Very little in life can be determined by our own volition, best-laid plans or good intentions … so how is it to live when clinging a little less to what ‘we’ want?

These workshops will foster a sense of curiosity, discovery and kindly interest, towards both ourselves and others. We can build a sense of community across oceans and continents – even via contact on the screen. We will meet, dance and enjoy surprising depths and laughs in playing in the Now.

Testimonials about these workshops

“I think you hit a sweet spot of a great mix of inputs and provocations that allowed and enabled a wonderful group to build trust, openness and shared learning. It felt more like an experience than a course – I enjoyed that.”

~ George Thomson

***

“… the course was very interesting and very useful as a reflection on how we act. The improvisation activated direct experience, not the telling of what is, but the living. What could have gone better? Everything went as it should :-)”

~ Francesca Fazzio

***

“In safe hands with Jayachitta – sensitive / responsive to group and depth of own practice.”

~ Dh Suryaka

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“If you walk through damp summer meadows swallows will follow as they feed on the insects that your feet scuff up. Improvisation too scuffs up insects that usually lie undisturbed – fear, self-consciousness, vulnerability, chaos, play – all food for the soul.”

~ Maitridevi, meditator and participant in Improvisation & Meditation Retreat 2012

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“Jayachitta’s clarity of explanation, ability to find the right words, and timing were of the highest order. The inputs were informed by a wonderful observation of what was going on. There was a lot of humour and sheer enjoyment, which taught us valuable lessons.”

~ George Thomson, CEO of Volunteer Scotland, participant in retreat 2012

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:
$100 / £80 / €90
or $25 / £20 / €25 per day.

photo of Sagaramati

Jayachitta has followed a Buddhist practice since 1981 and is a member of the Triratna Buddhist Order since 1990. She has lived and worked with other Buddhists for a lot of that time. Jayachitta has a deep love of performance and the infinity of human expression. Improvisation, movement and exploring the clown are very important to her as additional approaches to the spiritual life, as they are based in physical expression and play. She sees them as an interactive way of entering and exploring the space that one discovers in meditation. It’s in that spirit of play that we can discover who we are and can be.

She has also worked in the world of dance and theatre – which is where her teachers in improvisation come from (Andrew Morrish, John Britton, Kate Hilder and others). She holds an MA in Applied Theatre, and has studied physical theatre (after Jacques Lecoq) at Kiklos Scuola in Italy.

Jayachitta lives in Berlin, but loves to travel (when possible!) and has been teaching in the UK, USA, India, Holland and Germany. She has led retreats involving improvisation and clowning and meditation at Dhanakosa (Scotland) regularly since 2008. For more information see www.playofnow.com

photo of Sagaramati
photo of Sagaramati
photo of Sagaramati

“In my own life poetry and disability have payed a crucial part in fuelling my continued commitment to meditation and ethics. They have both acted to deepen my sense of being a human being. I want to talk to people about where their own inspiration comes from as they tread the Buddhist path”.

Paramananda

Sources of Inspiration

A series of live conversations with Paramananda and guests

Saturdays, 60 minutes
March 13th, 20th, 27th
April 10th, 17th, 24th

USA PST 09:00 (10:00 on March 20th and 27th only) | México 11:00 | USA EST 12:00 (13:00 on March 20th and 27th only) | IE & UK 17:00 | Europe CET 18:00 | India 22:30 (21:30 on April 10, 17, 24) | Australia AEDT 04.00 (02:00 on April 10, 17, 24) | New Zealand 06.00 (04:00 on April 10, 17, 24)

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Paramananda talks to his guests about what gets their spiritual juices flowing and has helped them stay inspired in their rich, committed Dharma lives.

These conversations will be aired live and unrehearsed, so who knows what might emerge to delight or surprise us! Join us and find out some of the things that keep experienced Buddhists going in these difficult times.

​Scheduled Conversations
Bodhilila April 17
Dhammarati April 24

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Watch previous episodes and subscribe on YouTube

Listen to the pilot conversation from our podcast:

Paramananda has been teaching meditation for over 35 years and is well known for his body-based, poetic approach. He has published a number of books on meditation including ‘Change Your Mind’ and, most recently, ‘The Myth of Meditation’.

photo of Sagaramati
photo of Sagaramati
photo of Sagaramati

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 series:
$50  £50  €50 (or $10  £10  €10 per week)

Meditation | Meditación

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.

Watch Oskar explain why he comes to the weekly Wednesday meditation

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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 

Buddhism

Shantigarbha
photo of Bhante's green stone
photo of Bhante's green stone

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 and practice 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 07:30 | México 09:30 | USA EST 10:30 | IE & UK 15:30 | Europe CET 16:30 | India 20:00 | Australia AEDT 00.30 (next day) | New Zealand 02.30 (next day)

Third 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!

🎧 Listen to to the ‘In the Footsteps of the Buddha at Rivendell’ – a podcast introducing this retreat.

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

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

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.

Shantigarbha
Shantigarbha

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

photo of a statue of Bodhisattva in 'royal ease' posture

Image above by kind permission

photo of Nagabodhi

The Dawning Moon of Mind

For Order Members and Triratna Mitras. The first in a series of study seminars with Nagabodhi and other members of the College of Public Preceptors.

Sundays 18th April & 16th May

USA PST 10:30 | México 12:30 | USA EST 13:30 | IE &UK 18:30 | Europe CET 19:30

The event starts with a 30-minute meditation then the 2-hour seminar (with a short comfort break)

What is life for?

Why not live for the moment, just for ourselves? Assuming we know nothing, Shantideva opens his text with a challenging pitch for the Bodhisattva Ideal as the best and only appropriate use of a human life.

What does our capacity for empathy say about our true potential?
Is the Bodhichitta a thing, a force or just an idea?
Can anyone actually live up to the Bodhisattva Ideal?

Composed by Shantideva, a scholar, philosopher monk in the 8th century, the ‘Bodhicaryavatara‘ (Guide to a Bodhisattva’s Way of Life) is a short, poetic manual of the entire spiritual life – from a radically Mahayana point of view.

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About the seminar

As with any study, you will benefit from reading the material beforehand if you possibly can. The recommended translation is by Skilton/Crosby and can be purchased from Windhorse Publications.

Alternatively there is a free pdf of Batchelor’s translation.

The intention is to cover the first 3 chapters over 2 seminars. Please read the first chapter for this session: ‘Praise of the Awakened Mind’. The second seminar will take place at the same time on May 16th.

About Nagabodhi

Nagabodhi made contact with Triratna in 1970, and has been a member of the Order since January 1974.

He set up Windhorse Publications and directed its growth, while editing our in-house magazines, for the next 25 years. He has been involved as a teacher, trustee, chair and president at several Triratna centres, and was a founding trustee – and one-time chair – of the Karuna Trust, a project that raises funds for social and Dharma projects in India.

As a president and public preceptor his work is based in the UK, the Netherlands, USA, Australia and New Zealand.

Nagabodhi has twice lived in communities with Sangharakshita, and travelled with him throughout his extended ‘lecture tour’ in India in 1982— an experience he chronicled in his book, Jai Bhim – Dispatches from a Peaceful Revolution.

Over the past twelve years he has also taught Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy in a range of secular contexts.

He has been a lover of The Bodhicaryavatara for many years and has led many retreats based on its themes around the world.

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:
$50 / €50 / £40
($25  €25  £20 per session)

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: April 24.

USA PST 09:00 | México 11:00 | USA EST 12:00 | IE & UK 17:00 | Europe CET 18:00 | India 21:30 | Australia EST 02.00 (Sunday) | New Zealand 04:00 (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.

Donate below (please indicate it’s for ‘Welcoming Liberation’)

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 

Donations | Donaciones