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Eight Verses for Training the Mind - A Series from the International Council 2018

Posted by Free Buddhist Audio to Community Highlights on Fri, 16 Feb, 2018 - 19:11

As part of the 2018 International Council we’re studying the mind training verses. We’ll be adding more each day (as the rural internet allows!).

First up we have Dhammarati’s excellent overview of the text, followed by Saddhaloka’s look at the first two verses. We then have Ratnadharini’s inspiring, down-to-earth consideration at verses 4-6. Parami explores the final 2 verses for us in the light of Bodhicitta practice and tonglen. And the series is rounded off by Viveka looking at the final verse as a...

Buddhist Centre Features
Buddhist Centre Features

Bodhicitta Mantra

Posted by Candradasa to Buddhist Centre Features on Thu, 18 Aug, 2016 - 23:00

Beautiful harmonies, recorded at the 2016 Triratna International Council as part of a puja to welcome new members of the Order.

Our friend Dhivan, an excellent Pali and Sanskrit scholar, says (see comment below):

Oṃ Bodhicittam Utpādayāmi

This means ‘oṃ! I generate (utpādayāmi) the bodhicitta’.”

The ‘Bodhichitta’ is sometimes rendered as the ‘will to Enlightenment’ or the ‘heart-mind of Enlightenment’ - signifying the complete dedication of our efforts to cultivate wisdom and compassion, in line...

European Chairs' Assembly
European Chairs' Assembly

Ratnaguna - Three Talks On The Pureland

Posted by Centre Team to European Chairs' Assembly on Wed, 13 Jan, 2016 - 00:09

Ratnaguna - Three Talks On The Pureland

Posted by Centre Team to European Chairs' Assembly on Wed, 13 Jan, 2016 - 00:09

A new three-part series from Ratnaguna introduces the Pureland texts as a practice in themselves, and discusses their relationship to Sangharakshita’s core teachings. 

In the first talk Ratnaguna takes us on an excellent exploration of imagination itself, essential for understanding the sutras on their own terms. The second talk discusses how the texts hint at what Sangharakshita calls the supra-personal force of the Bodhichitta. The third talk is on the importance of sangha in the sutras and its relevance...

Buddhist Centre Features
Buddhist Centre Features

Bodhichitta Mantra

Posted by Candradasa to Buddhist Centre Features on Fri, 30 Oct, 2015 - 19:14

Members of the Triratna Buddhist Order on their Pan-American Convention join with women training for ordination to chant the Bodhichitta mantra for the benefit of all beings. 

The ‘Bodhichitta’ is sometimes rendered as the ‘will to Enlightenment’ or the ‘heart-mind of Enlightenment’ - signifying the complete dedication of our efforts to cultivate wisdom and compassion, in line with the Buddha’s teachings, making no distinction between our own well-being and that of others. In that sense the development of Bodhichitta is...

Taraloka Retreat Centre
Taraloka Retreat Centre

Tonglen Retreat, Day 6, Being Present

Posted by yashobodhi to Taraloka Retreat Centre on Thu, 27 Mar, 2014 - 13:27
On the last full day of the Tonglen order retreat, Saddhanandi talks about being present as a ground for deepening understanding and as an incentive to deepen our motivation.

Download the talk on Free Buddhist Audio
Taraloka Retreat Centre
Taraloka Retreat Centre

Tonglen retreat day 5: Remembering the bodhichitta in everyday life

Posted by yashobodhi to Taraloka Retreat Centre on Wed, 26 Mar, 2014 - 14:59
This is a talk Yashobodhi gave on day five of the Order Tonglen Retreat at Taraloka. She talks about her personal connection to the tonglen practice and the seven point mind-training and about practising tonglen in the moment. She also addresses the issue of difficulties with people, tying it in with the mind-training slogan of ‘be grateful to everyone and everything’, as other people provide you with the opportunity to go beyond ego. After the talk Yashobodhi led the tonglen...
Taraloka Retreat Centre
Taraloka Retreat Centre

tonglen

Posted by yashobodhi to Taraloka Retreat Centre on Sun, 23 Mar, 2014 - 14:54
“In an instant both that cloud of misery and the darkness of one’s
self-centredness mutually extinguish each other, leaving not a trace of either behind.”
Allan Wallace