Yashobodhi is our guide for this year’s Dharma immersion online and at Triratna Centres around the world as part of the 2018 International Practice Week.
Here is a short guided tonglen meditation you can use all week to support going deeper with the seven-point mind training work Yashobodhi is exploring. A great, practical way to ground yourself and get an experience of why this kind of practice matters and how it works.
This meditation is particularly referenced in point 2 when looking at the...
The International Practice Week - an Urban Retreat taking place across the Triratna world - kicks off on Saturday 22nd September. The International Practice Week is a great opportunity for Triratna centres and groups throughout the world to concurrently explore Dharmic themes in their local contexts. But if your local Triratna Centre or group is not taking part, you can still join in online!
The theme for the week is ‘turning arrows into flowers’ - exploring how to...
This world-wide international practice week is based on the image of the Buddha on the cusp of his Enlightenment, at the point when Mara attacks him with all he’s got - but the Buddha does not react with anger, hatred, defensiveness but instead sits in complete peace and openness: the arrows, abuse & weapons hurled at him drift down around him as harmless flower petals.
In essence, the message to be communicated is: this is what we need to...
International Urban Retreat 22-29 September 2018 “Turning Arrows Into Flowers”
The proposal for this international practice week is to make this a world-wide practice week, including all Centres and Triratna Practice Groups wherever they are – the theme was inspired by Subhuti’s teaching on the 2017 order retreat at Bodhgaya.
The image to sum up and symbolize the theme of this urban retreat: the Buddha on the cusp of his Enlightenment, at the point when Mara attacks him with all he’s got …… but...
The short talks given that Yashobodhi is preparing for the International Practice Week are based on an exploration of the Seven Point Mind Training. However, over the course of 2018 there have been several occasions where the EIGHT Mind Training verses have been studied (at the International Council at Bodh Gaya for example, and at the July European chairs assembly) - so here are two sheets:
One with the Eight Mind Training Verses by Geshe Langri Thankpa, and the other sheet...
Here you can download handouts for a six-week course introducing the various schools of Mahayana Buddhism. The handouts were provided by Achala from New Zealand. Please note that Achala says they all need further improvement!
This is what Achala said about his intentions when designing this course:
I tried to construct a course such that it:
covers what an average human being needs to effectively practice Buddhism.
doesn’t not have a scholastic bent (so a few Pali/Sanskrit terms seemed reasonable but not so many as