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Tonglen Retreat: Thursday

By saddhanandi on Wed, 26 Mar, 2014 - 18:30

Tonglen Retreat: Thursday

By saddhanandi on Wed, 26 Mar, 2014 - 18:30It’s hard to believe it’s the last full day of the retreat and that we’ll be coming out of silence very soon. It’s now a process of holding the retreat steady whilst we begin to meet the transition phase of ‘leaving’. Meanwhile, I’m trying to work out what I need to say at 11am.

I’ve been reflecting on an extract from one of Sangharakshita’s seminars: ‘A common misapprehension is to think of ‘Insight’ in abstract terms, but the ‘Truth...
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Tonglen Retreat: Wednesday

By saddhanandi on Wed, 26 Mar, 2014 - 10:02

Tonglen Retreat: Wednesday

By saddhanandi on Wed, 26 Mar, 2014 - 10:02Bright clear blue skies, the earth covered in dew and the magnolia trees are just coming into blossom. It’s a beautiful spring morning and by 9am the solar panels are already heating up the hot water.

Many years ago, when I was manager of the Operations Team at Taraloka, I attended a small study retreat for women teachers. During those nine days we looked at the Four Foundation Yogas, or Mula Yogas, which form the basis of Tibetan spiritual...
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Taraloka Retreat Centre

Tonglen retreat, day 4: Tonglen for Others

By yashobodhi on Tue, 25 Mar, 2014 - 14:26
On day four of the Spring Tonglen Retreat at Taraloka Saddhanandi talks about tonglen for others. She describes how the breath helps us to breathe in and turn towards what we usually ignore, resist or block to defend ourselves from the suffering we see in others. When we’re breathing out we’re offering something we usually protect or isolate for our own use. So on the out-breath we’re sharing our resources in response to the suffering we encounter in our lives.
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Taraloka Retreat Centre

Tonglen Retreat: Tuesday

By saddhanandi on Tue, 25 Mar, 2014 - 06:54

Tonglen Retreat: Tuesday

By saddhanandi on Tue, 25 Mar, 2014 - 06:54The sky is heavy and grey with cloud, which is interesting as we’re in the middle phase of the retreat and it can be a time when people can hit more resistance, so it’s as if the sky is reflecting that back to us after the bright clear skies of yesterday.

The thankha of four-armed Avalokitesvara, hanging above the shrine, is reflecting back a different perspective and Ratnavandana drew this out in the readings in last night’s puja.

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Tonglen Retreat Day 3 - Self-Tonglen Led Meditation

By Centre Team on Mon, 24 Mar, 2014 - 17:17
A led meditation from Day Three of the 2014 Spring Tonglen Retreat at Taraloka.

Self-tonglen: First turning towards your own experience, then towards the unsatisfactory aspects and later to the joyful aspects. You end by simply being in a space of open awareness.

This meditation can also be downloaded at Free Buddhist Audio
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Taraloka Retreat Centre

Tonglen retreat, day 3: self-tonglen

By yashobodhi on Mon, 24 Mar, 2014 - 14:42
On day three of the tonglen retreat here at Taraloka, self-tonglen takes centre stage.

At the start of her talk Saddhanandi refers to one of the seven point mind training slogans: ‘begin the sequence of sending and taking with yourself’. We start by turning towards what’s going on in our experience right now.

Here’s a link to download the talk on Free Buddhist Audio: http://www.freebuddhistaudio.com/audio/details?num=LOC1952

And to download the guided practice Saddhanandi led...
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Tonglen Retreat: Monday

By saddhanandi on Mon, 24 Mar, 2014 - 08:55

Tonglen Retreat: Monday

By saddhanandi on Mon, 24 Mar, 2014 - 08:55A bright hard frost this morning, after a clear starry night. The wind has dropped and it’s absolutely still.

At 11am, I’ll be presenting Tonglen in relation to ‘self’. I’ve been remembering a period of time when I was quite new to meditation, and how I had to face certain uncomfortable truths about myself: five hard years of going on retreat acknowledging what was really happening! But the work that I did on myself during those years has become...
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Tonglen Retreat Day 2 - Led Meditation

By Centre Team on Sun, 23 Mar, 2014 - 17:37
Saddhanandi leads us into a heart space of open awareness in this led meditation from Day Two of the 2014 Spring Tonglen Retreat at Taraloka.

The led meditation can also be downloaded on Free Buddhist Audio.
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Taraloka Retreat Centre

Tonglen Retreat Day 2 - "Creating a Bigger Container" by Saddhanandi

By yashobodhi on Sun, 23 Mar, 2014 - 14:49
Earlier today Saddhanandi talked about creating a bigger container to engage with the suffering in the world. She mentioned the support of spacious, open awareness, connecting with your heart-wish and your relationship with the Buddha. Saddhanandi speaks about how to create a broader perspective, to give us the capacity to turn towards whatever is happening.

Click to download the talk from Free Buddhist Audio: http://www.freebuddhistaudio.com/audio/details?num=LOC1949

You can also download the meditation she led afterwards...
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bodhicitta wish

By yashobodhi on Sun, 23 Mar, 2014 - 14:19
“Whatever joy there is in the world
Arises from wishing for others’ happiness.
Whatever suffering there is in the world
Arises from wishing for your own happiness.”
Shantideva

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