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This week's free eBook - The Breath

By dhammamegha on Mon, 15 Jun, 2020 - 12:53

This week's free eBook - The Breath

By dhammamegha on Mon, 15 Jun, 2020 - 12:53

This week we’re giving away The Breath by Vessantara. You can download it here until 29 June. This is the first of the three short books we’ll offer over the coming weeks: The BreathThe Body and The Heart. Each one deals with a central area of mindfulness and meditation. 
 
I’ve been very aware of the connection between the breath and the first precept that we commit to practicing: I undertake to abstain from taking life; with deeds of loving kindness,...

Bristol Buddhist Centre
Bristol Buddhist Centre

'I'm black, I'm white, I'm Jewish, I'm Buddhist" - Advayamati's reflections on 'Black Lives Matter'

By advayamati on Sun, 14 Jun, 2020 - 09:30

'I'm black, I'm white, I'm Jewish, I'm Buddhist" - Advayamati's reflections on 'Black Lives Matter'

By advayamati on Sun, 14 Jun, 2020 - 09:30

Reflecting on the Black Lives Matter events, Advayamati gave this talk at the Bristol Buddhist Centre Sangha Night on Tuesday 9 June, two days after the statue of 17th Century slave trader Edward Colston was pulled down in Bristol.  

This protest was part of an international response to the death of George Floyd in the USA.  

Advayamati ‘tells it straight, with warmth and humour’,  as a man of mixed race (‘I’m black, I’m white, I’m Jewish, I’m...

Glasgow Buddhist Centre
Glasgow Buddhist Centre

Glasgow Buddhist Centre Statement on the Black Lives Matter Movement

By kuladharini on Sun, 14 Jun, 2020 - 09:00

Glasgow Buddhist Centre Statement on the Black Lives Matter Movement

By kuladharini on Sun, 14 Jun, 2020 - 09:00

Statement from the council of Glasgow Buddhist Centre on 5th June 2020

The council of Glasgow Buddhist Centre affirms our commitment to equality, human dignity and social justice. We aspire to understand the impact that racism has on us all.

We are heartbroken that systemic racism and the ongoing hostility towards black communities has resulted in the murder of George Floyd while in US police custody. We invite our whole community to examine our own prejudices, have the courage to speak...

Buddhist Centre Features
Buddhist Centre Features

Reflecting on Racism with James Baldwin

By Viveka on Sun, 7 Jun, 2020 - 15:51

Reflecting on Racism with James Baldwin

By Viveka on Sun, 7 Jun, 2020 - 15:51

Dear Sangha friends,

I wanted to offer you a podcast to listen to in these times.

Listen to the podcast on ‘Nothing Is Fixed’ by James Baldwin’

Paramananda and I met on May 25 to record a conversation for The Buddhist Centre Online. At the time George Floyd had not yet died an unjust death in an encounter with police. Another black man Ahmaud Arbery’s shooting while jogging in Georgia was in the news. Our...

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For Nothing Is Fixed: Reflecting on Racism

By Viveka on Sun, 7 Jun, 2020 - 15:39

Dear Sangha friends,

I wanted to offer you a podcast to listen to in these times. Paramananda and I met on May 25 to record a conversation for The Buddhist Centre Online. At the time George Floyd had not yet died an unjust death in an encounter with police. Another black man Ahmaud Arbery’s shooting while jogging in Georgia was in the news. Our conversation began with a poem from James Baldwin and opened to reflections about the relevance and purpose of...

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For Nothing Is Fixed - Getting Real with Viveka and Paramananda, Episode 1

By Centre Team on Tue, 2 Jun, 2020 - 02:16

For Nothing Is Fixed

For nothing is fixed,
forever, forever, forever,
it is not fixed;
the earth is always shifting,
the light is always changing,
the sea does not cease to grind down rock.
Generations do not cease to be born,
and we are responsible to them
because we are the only witnesses they have.
The sea rises, the light fails,
lovers cling to each other,
and children cling to us.
...

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Community Highlights

Teachings for Uncertain Times: Waking up to Activism

By Viveka on Wed, 15 Feb, 2017 - 21:19

Teachings for Uncertain Times: Waking up to Activism

By Viveka on Wed, 15 Feb, 2017 - 21:19

In honor of Black History Month, Tricycle is presenting a special video series, “Teachings for Uncertain Times,” featuring 13 teachers of color. This week Viveka from San Francisco Buddhist Center is featured, speaking about activism and the Dharma.

“I remember… tuning into what was happening in Ferguson, Missouri as people were taking to the streets,” Viveka says in her talk. “Something was called from me… it was not appropriate to just be a voyeur.”

Viveka also speaks about self-care practices for activists, such...

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Teachings for Uncertain Times: Barriers to Entering the Buddhist Path

By Vimalasara on Wed, 1 Feb, 2017 - 16:58

Teachings for Uncertain Times: Barriers to Entering the Buddhist Path

By Vimalasara on Wed, 1 Feb, 2017 - 16:58

In honor of Black History Month, Tricycle is presenting a special video series, “Teachings for Uncertain Times,” featuring 13 teachers of color. 

In the first talk of the series, Vimalasara (Valerie) Mason-John, a teacher in the Triratna Buddhist tradition, explains how practitioners of color can face barriers to entering the Buddhist path.

“We live in times where there is a disproportionate amount of black people being killed by the police, a disproportionate number of black people incarcerated in prisons and mental institutions....

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