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Dharmabyte: Living Like a River

By Sadayasihi on Mon, 25 Nov, 2019 - 14:00

Ratnavandana shares an intensely honest, psychologically intimate, beautifully forensic history of her personal relationship to the practice of upekkha (equanimity) throughout her spiritual life. We hear about ways to assess what is going on in the subtler realms of our experience - and how to look to move beyond them so we too can live like a river…

Excerpted from the talk A Personal Take On Upekkha given as part of the series Brahma Viharas - Bristol Rainy Season Retreat...

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Dharmabyte: Creating New Pathways

By Sadayasihi on Thu, 10 Jan, 2019 - 11:00

Today’s FBA Dharmabyte is called Creating New Pathways from the talk Living In the Mandala Ratnavandana. This is her second talk of the 2015 Rainy Season Retreat in Bristol, UK.

Here Ratnavandana embarks on a personal sharing of how her life has been transformed by deciding to go and live in the mandala of the Brahma Viharas and the Jinas themselves. Her deep love of the practices represents both an inspired and...

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Dharmabyte: The Fulcrum of Vedana

By Sadayasihi on Tue, 15 May, 2018 - 12:00

This FBA Dharmabyte is from a talk by Kulaprabha called The Alchemy of Happiness, a thoughtful take on the positive emotions cultivated in the ‘Brahma Vihara’ meditations.

This excerpt, called ‘The Fulcrum of Vedana’, takes a look at the relationship between mindfulness and positive emotion. Talk given at the Western Buddhist Order convention, 2007.

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Dharmabyte: Metta as Quite Ordinary and Everyday

By Sadayasihi on Mon, 5 Mar, 2018 - 17:33

In this FBA Dharmabyte entitled “Metta as Quite Ordinary and Everyday”, Jvalamalini gives a very personal and helpful take on the metta bhavana (loving kindness) practice, recounting her history with it and the kinds of areas she has worked with over the years in order to learn to love herself and others as deeply as she can, specifically here how metta is very simple, practical and not necessarily out of the ordinary.

From the talk “A Personal...

Bristol Buddhist Centre
Bristol Buddhist Centre

Jvalamalini talks about Rainy Season Retreat

By jvalamalini on Mon, 30 Mar, 2015 - 16:23

What is a rainy season retreat?

How did you come to have Ratnavandana lead the retreat on Living in the Mandala?

How did it go?

How was it to share the retreat online?

Bristol Buddhist Centre
Bristol Buddhist Centre

Day 6: A Personal Take On Upekkha

By Centre Team on Mon, 23 Mar, 2015 - 21:27

Continuing the series of personal talks on each of the Brahma Viharas from the 2015 Rainy Season Retreat, Ratnavandana shares an intensely honest, psychologically intimate, beautifully forensic history of her personal relationship to the practice of upekkha (equanimity) throughout her spiritual life. We hear about ways to assess what’s going on in the subtler realms of our experience - and how to look to move beyond them so we too can live like a river…

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Bristol Buddhist Centre
Bristol Buddhist Centre

Day 5: A Personal Take On Mudita by Sanghaketu

By Centre Team on Sat, 21 Mar, 2015 - 20:43
An infectiously delightful talk by Sanghaketu on the subject of joyful resonance with others (mudita). He really gets into his subject here! And his sense and experience of gladness comes across beautifully through laughter and reflection on the boon of good friends.

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Bristol Buddhist Centre

Day 2: Living in the Mandala (With Guided Meditation)

By Centre Team on Mon, 16 Mar, 2015 - 23:13
In her second talk of the 2015 Rainy Season Retreat, Ratnavandana embarks on a personal sharing of how her life has been transformed by deciding to go and live in the mandala of the Brahma Viharas and the Jinas themselves. Her deep love of the practices represents both an inspired and eminently practical vision of how to orientate yourself on the great map of the way…

Includes a guided meditation practice to help you find your feet wherever you...
Bristol Buddhist Centre
Bristol Buddhist Centre

Day 1: Introduction to the Brahma Viharas (With Guided Meditation)

By Centre Team on Mon, 16 Mar, 2015 - 10:44
A beautiful introduction by Ratnavandana to the Brahma Viharas as an integrated set of practices flowing from metta - loving kindness. Her central image is that of a tree, deep rooted and spreading its canopy wide as she evokes a profound, personal connection to the cultivation of the ‘sublime abodes’: loving kindness, compassion, joy with others, and equanimity.

Ratnavandana also leads a guided meditation on cultivating a connection to the Brahma Viharas.

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