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BRAHMA VIHARAS - ONLINE meditation retreat 12-17 Nov 2021

By vajrapriya on Mon, 20 Sep, 2021 - 15:01

BRAHMA VIHARAS - ONLINE meditation retreat 12-17 Nov 2021

By vajrapriya on Mon, 20 Sep, 2021 - 15:01

12-17 November 2021
Led by Advayasiddhi and Vajrapriya 


How to meet difficulties with an open heart and a big mind? In fact, how to meet everything that way? 

A traditional Buddhist answer is to strengthen the Brahma Viharas and unlock the secret potential of our being’s capacity to live with love, compassion, joy and equanimity; to live with courageous wisdom whatever we encounter in life. 

The retreat will be a mixture of input,...

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Equanimity: Morning Retreat with Ratnavandana

By Centre Team on Tue, 15 Jun, 2021 - 12:51

Equanimity: Morning Retreat with Ratnavandana

By Centre Team on Tue, 15 Jun, 2021 - 12:51

Saturday 10th July 10, 2021, 3 hours

09.00 US PST  |  12.00 US EST  |  17.00 UK & IE  | 18.00 Europe CET  | 21.30 India



“Try to love everything that gets in your way …..  
because if something is in your way it is
going your way, the way
of all beings; towards darkness, towards light.”

From “Because even the Word Obstacle is an Obstacle”,...

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Dharmabyte: Tiny Steps: Tiny Connections

By Sadayasihi on Mon, 25 Jan, 2021 - 06:00

Lilapa talks openly about how the Brahma Viharas inspired and challenged him as a father. Parenting can be very hard, a connection with the Brahma Viharas, also known as The Immeasurables, can support infinitely expansive and positive states of mind.

Excerpted from the talk entitled Parenting and the Brahma Viharas, part of the series Talks from Adhisthana’s Weekend Retreat for Parents, given at Adhisthana, 2018.

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Dharmabyte: Choosing Our Intentions

By Sadayasihi on Mon, 14 Dec, 2020 - 07:00

Is kindness possible here? How does clarity help us open up to love? Maitrisiddhi explores the active and receptive aspects of the Metta Bhavana as expressed through the symbolism of Akshobhya, the Buddha of the East.

From the talk entitled Metta and Akshobhya’s Mirrorlike Wisdom, the first of two talks given on “Living in the Mandala”; a retreat on the Brahma Viharas at Taraloka Retreat Centre, 2018.

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Dharmabyte: Love Underpinned by Wisdom

By Sadayasihi on Thu, 21 May, 2020 - 14:00

Upekkha is a fire in the heart that is steady and constant. Dayajoti gives us a beautiful description of the wisdom aspect of metta, that being upekkha, equanimity.

From the talk entitled Suffering and Joy - Compost For Love given during the setup for Buddhafield Festival 2013 (theme ‘Fire in the Heart’) on the Four Brahma Viharas.

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FBA Podcast: Brahmaviharas and the Awakening of the Bodhi Mind

By Sadayasihi on Sat, 16 May, 2020 - 14:00

Concise and essential, Satyaraja draws out practical and profound aspects of the four Brahmaviharas, considering them as both meditation practices and as realms that we can occupy. This is the second talk in a series of four talks on the topic of karuna, compassion.

From the series Brahmaviharas and the Awakening of the Bodhi Mind given at Padmaloka Retreat Centre Winter Retreat, 2016.

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Reflections on Love (The Dharma Toolkit Daily, Episode 23)

By Centre Team on Sat, 2 May, 2020 - 06:00

As we come towards the end of our Being Divine Online Home Retreat it is our great pleasure today to share with you some beautiful closing reflections from Ratnavandana on the theme of the retreat: love itself.

She beautifully evokes where and how she is currently spending this time of lockdown in rural Wales, UK, and shares how the Brahma Vihara meditations on love have been helping her at this strange and difficult time. What she gives us is her deep...

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Closing the Being Divine Online home retreat

By kusaladevi on Fri, 1 May, 2020 - 17:01

Closing the Being Divine Online home retreat

By kusaladevi on Fri, 1 May, 2020 - 17:01

We hope you have enjoyed Being Divine Online with us this week! 

The retreat ended with this beautiful song by Ratnavandana, which retreatants sing together at the end of her Brahma Viharas retreats.

Thank you so much to Ratnavandana for supplying us with these fantastic resources around the Brahma Viharas, for sharing her practice and experience so fully and for her wonderful evocation and explanation of the Divine Abodes in the Q & A where 138 of us gathered together.

Look out too for a ...

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A Sustaining Community of Meditators: Reflections from Cambridge on Being Divine Online

By Vidyasakhi on Fri, 1 May, 2020 - 11:04

A Sustaining Community of Meditators: Reflections from Cambridge on Being Divine Online

By Vidyasakhi on Fri, 1 May, 2020 - 11:04

Arthasiddhi, myself and around 40 friends, mitras and Order members from Cambridge sangha have been following the Being Divine Online Home Retreat as a community within the wider community, adding to the mix some of our own meditation sessions (every day at 8 am), three zoom plenaries (or check-ins) and WhatsApp home groups, as well as attending evening events at Cambridge Buddhist Centre online. It has been such a joy: and we’ve deeply appreciated the richness of Ratnavandana’s experience and teachings...

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Song of the Brahma Viharas - Being Divine Online home retreat

By Sadayasihi on Fri, 1 May, 2020 - 09:06

Song of the Brahma Viharas - Being Divine Online home retreat

By Sadayasihi on Fri, 1 May, 2020 - 09:06

It’s always good to finish things with a song - and happily, today, here’s one! It’s Ratnavandana chanting the Brahma Viharas song that is usually learned on each ‘Living in the Mandala’ retreat that she leads.

As Ratnavandana kindly sent on some lovely nature photos she has taken, we have made this into a short video which you can enjoy, and hopefully get a feeling for the Brahma Viharas “pervading all quarters”.

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