West London Buddhist Centre
West London Buddhist Centre

Gala Night: Performances from Padmamati, Jonathan Cohen and others

By Sophie_WLBCPublicity on Tue, 2 Mar, 2021 - 10:59

Gala Night: Performances from Padmamati, Jonathan Cohen and others

By Sophie_WLBCPublicity on Tue, 2 Mar, 2021 - 10:59

Hello friends,

Due to the popularity of the WLBC’s Poetry Evening recently, we are inviting you all once more to our Precious Jewel fundraising finale on Friday 12 March, 7-9.30pm! There will be storytelling from Padmamati (Stephen Coates), music and words from Jonathan Cohen and a reading of poetic extracts from the writings of Jinananda – and much more!

No booking needed, just turn up: https://westlondonbuddhistcentre.com/event/precious-jewel-gala-night-per…

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

By Centre Team on Mon, 1 Mar, 2021 - 00:55

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

By Centre Team on Mon, 1 Mar, 2021 - 00:55

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 &...

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Looking into the Well: Using Writing to Explore the Mind

By Centre Team on Mon, 8 Feb, 2021 - 23:00

Looking into the Well: Using Writing to Explore the Mind

By Centre Team on Mon, 8 Feb, 2021 - 23:00

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.

Reserve your space (Suggested donation for the whole course: $80  £80  €80)

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...

London Buddhist Centre
London Buddhist Centre

No Toast, No Marmalade: Srimala in conversation with Maitreyabandhu

By LDNBuddhist on Wed, 30 Dec, 2020 - 16:08

No Toast, No Marmalade: Srimala in conversation with Maitreyabandhu

By LDNBuddhist on Wed, 30 Dec, 2020 - 16:08

Srimala has played a crucial part in the life of the Triratna Buddhist Order – as Public and Private Preceptor, as College Member, and as beloved friend to so many. What many people may not know about her is that for years now she has been writing poems about her life, about living at Maes Gwyn in Wales, about her family and friends, about her partner Subhuti, and about hedgehogs, toast and the lack of marmalade.

So we’re celebrating...

Bump elbows, say hello!
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Looking Beyond: A Fundraising Workshop from West London

By yashobodhi on Tue, 29 Dec, 2020 - 17:10

Looking Beyond: A Fundraising Workshop from West London

By yashobodhi on Tue, 29 Dec, 2020 - 17:10

January 3, 2021

USA PST 06.00 | Mexico 08.00 | USA EST 09.00 | IE & UK 14.00 | Europe 15.00 CET | India 19.30

Event duration: 2 hours 45 minutes

Invitation
We have now left 2020 behind and are looking forward to the future. Let’s focus on the beautiful and joyful for a few hours and join us in an innovative and celebratory online fundraising event. All proceeds will go to The Precious Jewel Appeal.

This...

Triratna News
Triratna News

Buddhist Film Nights in Hastings

By Sadayasihi on Wed, 4 Mar, 2020 - 11:00

Buddhist Film Nights in Hastings

By Sadayasihi on Wed, 4 Mar, 2020 - 11:00

Chris McKenna is a mitra practicing with the Hastings sangha on the south coast of England. Five years ago, after discussion with friends, Chris approached the local independent cinema - The Electric Palace - about the possibility of showing regular screenings of films that would be of interest to the local Buddhist community.
 
Initially the cinema was reluctant and asked if he could guarantee that twenty five of the fifty seats would be filled. Obviously he couldn’t...

Suryavana Retreat Centre
Suryavana Retreat Centre

Dancing with the Elements and Opening into the Element of Space

By Sudaka on Sun, 15 Dec, 2019 - 08:56

Dancing with the Elements and Opening into the Element of Space

By Sudaka on Sun, 15 Dec, 2019 - 08:56

Amalamati, Lalitaraja and Visuddhimati invite you on a journey to explore the elements and discover spaciousness through arts and ritual on a retreat in Spain – near Valencia. Using music, art and movement we will be exploring the elements and drawing inspiration from the arts practice of each of the leaders. Lalitaraja is a professional dancer, Visuddhimati is a visual artist, and Amalamati is a professional pianist.
6 nights. Includes accommodation, meals. All materials provided.  

Reservations: Contact Suḍāka at info [at]...

Western Buddhist Review
Western Buddhist Review

Harold Bloom: the Embattled Canon and the Experiential Critic

By Vishvapani on Sat, 19 Oct, 2019 - 20:26

Harold Bloom: the Embattled Canon and the Experiential Critic

By Vishvapani on Sat, 19 Oct, 2019 - 20:26

This is a guest post by Vishvapani, re-published here from an early issue of The Western Buddhist Review


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The Western Canon
By Harold Bloom
Macmillan, London 1994, pp. 567


1. Introduction: contemporary criticism’s questions and answers
What should be our central question in approaching literature? The celebrated American literary critic Harold Bloom proposes one: What is literature for? This question may sound obvious, but it is not one with...

Buddhist Centre Features
Buddhist Centre Features

Bidding Farewell to Harold Bloom

By Vishvapani on Sat, 19 Oct, 2019 - 19:09

Bidding Farewell to Harold Bloom

By Vishvapani on Sat, 19 Oct, 2019 - 19:09

Here is a new appreciation of the critic and writer Harold Bloom, who died on October 14th 2019.

Vishvapani is a writer, broadcaster and Buddhist mindfulness teacher. His writing can be found at Wise Attention.

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The sadness I feel at learning of the death, aged 89, of the great literary critic Harold Bloom, is softened only by my incredulity that he was living at all; that is, living in a modern world to which he seemed so alien....

Buddhist Centre Features
Buddhist Centre Features

Culture's Peak: An Interview with Harold Bloom by Vishvapani

By Vishvapani on Wed, 16 Oct, 2019 - 23:23

Culture's Peak: An Interview with Harold Bloom by Vishvapani

By Vishvapani on Wed, 16 Oct, 2019 - 23:23

This interview with the literary critic Harold Bloom was first published in Dharma Life, 5, Summer 1997. Harold Bloom died on October 14th 2019.

Vishvapani is a writer, broadcaster and Buddhist mindfulness teacher. His writing can be found at Wise Attention.

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When I first encountered Harold Bloom’s work, I discovered a remarkable mixture. Bloom is Professor of Humanities at Yale University, and is widely considered America’s leading literary critic. His many books combine an enormous breadth of reading...

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