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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.

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Live Events

Moving Through Love: Exploring the Brahma Viharas in Body and Mind

With Jayachitta

Five Weeks, April 27—May 25

Join us every Wednesday for 5 weeks as we abide in the divine realms of the Brahma Viharas through movement, meditation and exchange.

27th April—25th May

Every session, 2 hours: USA PST: 10:30 | Mexico: 12:30 | USA EST: 13:30 | IE & UK 18.30 | Europe CET 19.30 | India 23.00 | Australia AEDT 03.30 (next day) | New Zealand NZDT 05.30 (next day)

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The Brahma Viharas describe ways of being in the world that help us cultivate different aspects of positive emotion and openheartedness— loving kindness (metta), compassion (karuna), sympathetic joy or empathy (mudita), and equanimity (upekkha). They are also known as the Immeasurables, or sometimes even the Abodes of the Gods

Perhaps the poetic titles for these attitudes or meditation practices make them sound like they are almost beyond the reach of us as human beings. But Pema Chödrön describes ‘equanimity’, the fourth Brahma Vihara, in a different way, saying:

“Training in equanimity is learning to open the door to all, welcoming all beings, inviting life to come visit. Of course, as certain guests arrive, we’ll feel fear and aversion. Cultivating equanimity is a work in progress. We aspire to spend our lives training in the loving- kindness and courage that it takes to receive whatever appears – sickness, health, poverty, wealth, sorrow, and joy. We welcome and get to know them all. We could call it being completely alive.”

(The Places That Scare You, 70, 72)

What to expect:
Taking equanimity as a starting point, we will start right here, where we are now, being alive in our bodies. Over five weeks, we will study, meditate, share and listen to each other. We’ll also use exercises from improvisation to help us experience the essence of these teachings directly, finding out how these high aspirations can be something that effectively supports us in difficult times, in everyday life.

Urgyen Sangharakshita evokes this beautifully in terms of the mind and body:

“It’s on account of equanimity, in its ultimate sense, that you’re balanced – even with regard to Samsara and Nirvana, even those two extremes don’t disturb you. Subject and Object are, the same – or not different, so far as you’re concerned. You are in a state of absolute equanimity. … absolutely stable and unshakable, immovable, though at the same time you’re extremely mobile, even dancing all over the place. You don’t need to have your centre fixed in any particular spot. Your centre is everywhere.”

(Sutta Nipata seminar 1976)

Let us dance together then! And discover our unshakable stable nature within that dance…

Join us every Wednesday for 5 weeks as we abide in the divine realms of the Brahma Viharas through movement, meditation and exchange.

27th April—25th May, come to as many sessions as you wish!

Every session, 2 hours: USA PST: 10:30 | Mexico: 12:30 | USA EST: 13:30 | IE & UK 18.30 | Europe CET 19.30 | India 23.00 | Australia AEDT 03.30 (next day) | New Zealand NZDT 05.30 (next day)

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The Brahma Viharas describe ways of being in the world that help us cultivate different aspects of positive emotion and openheartedness— loving kindness (metta), compassion (karuna), sympathetic joy or empathy (mudita), and equanimity (upekkha). They are also known as the Immeasurables, or sometimes even the Abodes of the Gods

Perhaps the poetic titles for these attitudes or meditation practices make them sound like they are almost beyond the reach of us as human beings. But Pema Chödrön describes ‘equanimity’, the fourth Brahma Vihara, in a different way, saying:

“Training in equanimity is learning to open the door to all, welcoming all beings, inviting life to come visit. Of course, as certain guests arrive, we’ll feel fear and aversion. Cultivating equanimity is a work in progress. We aspire to spend our lives training in the loving- kindness and courage that it takes to receive whatever appears – sickness, health, poverty, wealth, sorrow, and joy. We welcome and get to know them all. We could call it being completely alive.”

(The Places That Scare You, 70, 72)

What to expect:
Taking equanimity as a starting point, we will start right here, where we are now, being alive in our bodies. Over five weeks, we will study, meditate, share and listen to each other. We’ll also use exercises from improvisation to help us experience the essence of these teachings directly, finding out how these high aspirations can be something that effectively supports us in difficult times, in everyday life.

Urgyen Sangharakshita evokes this beautifully in terms of the mind and body:

“It’s on account of equanimity, in its ultimate sense, that you’re balanced – even with regard to Samsara and Nirvana, even those two extremes don’t disturb you. Subject and Object are, the same – or not different, so far as you’re concerned. You are in a state of absolute equanimity. … absolutely stable and unshakable, immovable, though at the same time you’re extremely mobile, even dancing all over the place. You don’t need to have your centre fixed in any particular spot. Your centre is everywhere.”

(Sutta Nipata seminar 1976)

Let us dance together then! And discover our unshakable stable nature within that dance….

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: $115 / £85 / €100

About Jayachitta
Jayachitta has followed a Buddhist practice since 1981 and a member of the 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 and has guided retreats and workshops on meditation, also involving improvisation or clown, in the UK, USA, India, Holland and Germany. Every year since 2008, it has been a special pleasure to visit Dhanakosa (Scotland) to lead a retreat.

Read more on Jayachitta’s website www.playofnow.com

Meditation Lab! 

with Yashobodhi

Sundays May 1/8/15/22

Meditation Lab!

with Yashobodhi

A series of four sessions aiming to play with common issues encountered in meditation practice. Bring your own and we can explore!

First session: 2 hours: USA PST 01:00 | Mexico 03:00 | USA EST 04:00 | IE & UK 09.00 | Europe 10:00 CET | India 13:30 | Australia AEDT 18:00 | New Zealand NZDT 20:00

Second session: 2 hours: USA PST 12:00 | Mexico 14:00 | USA EST 15:00 | IE & UK 20.00 | Europe 21:00 CET | India 00:30 | Australia AEDT 05:00 (next day) | New Zealand NZDT 07:00 (next day)

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About the series
This May you’re invited to join us for some playful experimentation in our newly minted Meditation Lab!

Meditation is an important part of the Buddhist path. But it often offers challenges as we encounter difficulties and issues in our practice. The good news is that every challenge points to some sort of solution: a change of perspective, an adapted view, a bit more of this and a bit less of that. It’s all about change—about trying and knowing when to stop trying.

Would it not be amazing to see these as opportunities for growing and becoming more skilled?

Meditation Lab is a series of four sessions aiming to play with common issues encountered in meditation practice.

Bring your own and we can explore!

What to expect
Breakout groups are an important part of the sessions, as is being prepared to talk about obstacles in your meditation.

We will meditate together, talk about our experience, try out methods and learn about approaches that may help us in our practice in the future.

Your guide for these sessions will be Yashobodhi, an experienced and much loved meditation teacher.

Each day is centred around a theme:

Body (1 May), Breath (8 May), Difficult Emotions (15 May) and Thought (22 May).

You are welcome to attend all or any of the sessions.

We’ll do two sessions each week on the theme of the day. Both will follow the same structure, but the content may vary.

Join us in the Lab—and let’s play!

A series of four sessions aiming to play with common issues encountered in meditation practice. Bring your own and we can explore!

First session: 2 hours: USA PST 01:00 | Mexico 03:00 | USA EST 04:00 | IE & UK 09.00 | Europe 10:00 CET | India 13:30 | Australia AEDT 18:00 | New Zealand NZDT 20:00

Second session: 2 hours: USA PST 12:00 | Mexico 14:00 | USA EST 15:00 | IE & UK 20.00 | Europe 21:00 CET | India 00:30 | Australia AEDT 05:00 (next day) | New Zealand NZDT 07:00 (next day)

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About the series
This May you’re invited to join us for some playful experimentation in our newly minted Meditation Lab!

Meditation is an important part of the Buddhist path. But it often offers challenges as we encounter difficulties and issues in our practice. The good news is that every challenge points to some sort of solution: a change of perspective, an adapted view, a bit more of this and a bit less of that. It’s all about change—about trying and knowing when to stop trying.

Would it not be amazing to see these as opportunities for growing and becoming more skilled?

Meditation Lab is a series of four sessions aiming to play with common issues encountered in meditation practice.

Bring your own and we can explore!

What to expect
Breakout groups are an important part of the sessions, as is being prepared to talk about obstacles in your meditation.

We will meditate together, talk about our experience, try out methods and learn about approaches that may help us in our practice in the future.

Your guide for these sessions will be Yashobodhi, an experienced and much loved meditation teacher.

Each day is centred around a theme:

Body (1 May), Breath (8 May), Difficult Emotions (15 May) and Thought (22 May).

You are welcome to attend all or any of the sessions.

We’ll do two sessions each week on the theme of the day. Both will follow the same structure, but the content may vary.

Join us in the Lab—and let’s play!

Viveka and Paramananda

This event is offered by donation. If you can, please donate today and support others to attend who cannot afford to pay. Thank you!

£70 / $100 / €90 or £20 / $30/ €25 per day

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, initially mainly teaching at the West London Buddhist Centre. She still leads a weekly class there, and in the last few years has been teaching mindfulness and meditation in a range of contexts from healthcare contexts to big business, art galleries to Buddhist retreats. She has continued to do all her work very successfully and thoughtfully online during the pandemic.

Watch Yashobodhi’s previous events & subscribe on YouTube

Viveka and Paramananda

The Burning House

A two-part course for Buddhists & eco-activists: May-June & September 2022

Viveka and Paramananda

Part 1: Introduction to the Burning House

Dates: 12, 19, 26 May; (skip 2 June for UK Bank Holiday); 9 June, 2022.

Sessions (2 hrs 15 mins, with break): 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 NZDT 06.00 (next day)

Part 2: Going Deeper into the Burning House

Dates: 1, 8, 15, 22 September 2022.

Sessions (2 hrs 15 mins, with break): 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 NZDT 06.00 (next day)

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About the course

How can we wake up and respond to the climate and ecological emergency?

This two-part course follows Shantigarbha’s recently published book, The Burning House: A Buddhist Response to the Climate and Ecological Emergency and explores the most pressing question of our times.

Buddhists give great importance to mindfulness, wisdom, compassion and interconnectedness, qualities that often make them deeply concerned about the environment and climate change. So what does Buddhism have to say about the climate emergency? How can we see it for what it really is, a crisis of empathy?

This is a course for Dharmafarers concerned about the climate, and eco-activists wishing to ground their work in a spiritual context. We’ll offer:

– Support to process your responses to the climate and ecological emergency in a safe environment.

– Support in making the the climate and ecological emergency part of your Dharma practice. How do you decide to get involved?

– Support for eco-activists to avoid burnout: training in nonviolence, love and wisdom.

What to expect

The chapters follow the Buddhist path from self-development to social change, inspired by the profound principle of nonviolence, or love. Each week we will send you the corresponding chapter(s) of the book and ask you to read them as preparation for the session.

Part 1:

● Week one: Crisis? What crisis?
● Week two: Touching the Earth
● Week three: Environmental ethics and compassion
● Week four: The Five Precepts

Part 2:

● Week five: The Burning House
● Week six: Anger, grief and gratitude
● Week seven: Transforming self and world
● Week eight: Be the change

This event presented with the Triratna European Chairs Assembly

Viveka and Paramananda

There are three booking options for this course, with a special price for booking onto both parts 1 & 2.

Suggested sliding scale donation (pay what you can):

Book either part: $115-80 / £85-60 / €100-70

Book Part 1 and Part 2 together here: $200-135 / £150-100 / €180-120

Viveka and Paramananda

About Shantigarbha

Shantigarbha is a Buddhist mediator and activist. He is an experienced teacher of both Buddhism and Nonviolent Communication (NVC).

Ordained into the Triratna Buddhist Order in 1996, he was given the name Shantigarbha, which means ‘Seed or Womb of Peace’. Through his practice of Buddhism, he came across NVC and has been sharing it as a certified trainer since 2004. Within the Triratna Buddhist Community, he holds responsibilities as an Order Convenor, a member of the International Council and supporting restorative practices.

He has trained members of Extinction Rebellion in Nonviolence and De-escalation skills.

Find out more about Shantigarbha

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Learning objectives

– To use empathy to explore what it means to care about the environment.

– To be able to communicate the ethical basis of Buddhist environmentalism.

– To be able to bring awareness to uncomfortable feelings including anger, depression, denial, fear, overwhelm and grief that may arise as you look squarely at the climate and ecological emergency, and have tools to work with them.

– To cultivate gratitude towards the earth as fuel for acting.

– To understand, be able to express and embody, the principles of nonviolent social change.

– To find the emotional freedom to act now.

– To practise guided reflections to deepen your connection to the Earth and your awareness of interconnectedness.

Facilitation track

We are offering a facilitation track for Triratna Order Members who want to lead this course at their own local Buddhist centre. If you want to join the facilitation track, please indicate this on the registration form.

Preparation for participation

N.B. Preparation is not required to participate.

Video of Shantigarbha’s session on The Burning House (given at Buddhist Action Month, June 2020)

– A crisis of empathy: Shantigarbha’s book on empathy I’ll Meet You There: A Practical Guide to Empathy, Mindfulness and Communication

David Loy, Ecodharma: Buddhist teachings for the Ecological Crisis

Marshall Rosenberg: Nonviolent Communication: A Language of Life, or watch one of the videos on our training preparation page.

NVC Life Hacks on YouTube

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Attend all conversations in Zoom. We’ll send you the link when you register.

This event may be recorded and parts published online for others to access. Only the leader’s video will be used.

Welcoming Liberation

Viveka and Paramananda
Viveka and Paramananda

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: May 28 2022.

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

This is a gathering for people practicing the Dharma, at any stage of that journey and experience, 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, online 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’)

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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’)

Viveka and Paramananda

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 

Daily Meditation

Viveka and Paramananda

Daily meditation times

We are offering two open meditation spaces Monday to Saturday every week. Connect here with the meditations

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