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The Sangharakshita@90 Exhibition: Nine Decades

By Candradasa on Fri, 21 Aug, 2015 - 11:26

Sanghamani and Abhayanara in the Sangharakshita Library at Adhisthana in England, discussing the beautiful new exhibition to mark Sangharakshita’s life via objects from each of his nine decades.

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Ten thousand years of Dharma practice arrive at Adhisthana

By Munisha on Thu, 20 Aug, 2015 - 22:35

Ten thousand years of Dharma practice arrive at Adhisthana

By Munisha on Thu, 20 Aug, 2015 - 22:35

Around 370 Order members have arrived at Adhisthana this evening. The cars are lined up in the field, many tents have gone up, and we have a marquee shrine room. The Adhisthana community and a lot of volunteers have worked very hard all week to get ready.

This evening’s shrine room activities were led by the Order Convenors, Lokeshvara and Parami. Lokeshvara asked us to put our hands up if our Dharma lives had started over 20 years ago. Most of us...

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Conscious Surrender To The Beautiful - Live Coverage All Weekend

By Centre Team on Thu, 20 Aug, 2015 - 13:37

Conscious Surrender To The Beautiful - Live Coverage All Weekend

By Centre Team on Thu, 20 Aug, 2015 - 13:37

This weekend over 400 members of the Triratna Buddhist Order will gather to share inspiration around the place of the Arts in contemporary Buddhist spiritual life. Timed as part of the celebrations to mark Sangharakshita’s 90th birthday, there will be a host of talks, events, rituals, and happenings exploring poetry and literature, the visual arts and music - all in the glorious setting of Adhisthana and the English countryside. Come rain or shine we’ll be there covering the...

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Writers' Convention 2015 - Poem Flags (A Series)

By Candradasa on Mon, 27 Jul, 2015 - 18:13

Writers' Convention 2015 - Poem Flags (A Series)

By Candradasa on Mon, 27 Jul, 2015 - 18:13

A couple of weeks ago the first Triratna Writers Convention at Adhisthana took place, which was a great success. Here are the poetry flags the writers installed in the Sangharaskhita Library at the end of the Convention… 

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The London Buddhist - No. 4, Unfolding Lives (Winter 2015)

The London Buddhist - No. 4, Unfolding Lives (Winter 2015)

By Candradasa on Mon, 20 Jul, 2015 - 17:46

The lotus is the image that the Buddha uses to describe the growth of human beings: the unfolding of life from unfavourable conditions. In this issue of the LBC’s excellent magazine and program some moving and culturally rich examples of this are brought to light - from Shraddhapuspa’s generous life after escape from the Nazis at the start of WWII, to Jayaka’s experience in prison as a young man via an examination of Fellini’s 8 And A...

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Triratna Writers Convention 2015 - Be Here Now by Ananda

By Satyalila on Mon, 20 Jul, 2015 - 15:44

Satyalila and Ananda reflecting on the Writers Convention - both the nurturing and wildness aspects of it. And we get to hear Ananda give a wind-blown reading of his own poem, ‘Be Here Now’.

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Writers Convention 2015 - Day 4: A Full Day, Fully Lived

By Satyalila on Tue, 14 Jul, 2015 - 19:35

Writers Convention 2015 - Day 4: A Full Day, Fully Lived

By Satyalila on Tue, 14 Jul, 2015 - 19:35

After the lovely morning shrine room poem by Norman MacCaig, beautifully read by Steph, a full day’s immersion in poetry to close out our first convention of Triratna writers…

We’ll bring you soon Dhivan’s brilliant talk on Ted Hughes, and hopefully too the poetry reading from Vishvantara, Ananda & Manjusura. We also had time to install some “poem-flags” in the Sangharakshita Library - detailed pictures to follow! 

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Writers Convention 2015 - Small Boy by Norman MacCaig

By Satyalila on Tue, 14 Jul, 2015 - 19:19

Into the last day of the writers’ gathering proper and we hear how it started - with a beautiful, typically understated piece by Norman MacCaig read by Steph, a writer herself and one of the young women who has just finished a five-month intensive Dharma course at Adhisthana

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Writers Convention 2015 - I Will Not Live An Unlived Life by Davina Markova

By Satyalila on Tue, 14 Jul, 2015 - 18:43

Writers Convention 2015 - I Will Not Live An Unlived Life by Davina Markova

By Satyalila on Tue, 14 Jul, 2015 - 18:43

Another wabi sabi scan, this time of Friday morning’s poignant meditation poem. A great choice by Varasahaya which prompted some tears as the eight young women prepare to leave Adhisthana today after their 5 month Dharma course…

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Triratna Writers Convention 2015 - Young Women Writing Their Way

By Satyalila on Tue, 14 Jul, 2015 - 13:12

Running parallel to the Writers’ Convention - and coming to an end at the same time - was a young women’s extended Dharma course, with women from around the world taking part. Here we meet Shraddhavajri and Vidyadharini from India who, along with their fellow long-term retreatants, have been using writing as another way to explore spiritual life and the meaning of the Buddha’s teaching in their own lives…

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