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Mindfulness for Stress Workshop

By Ratnaprabha on Thu, 28 May, 2020 - 10:33

Mindfulness for Stress Workshop

By Ratnaprabha on Thu, 28 May, 2020 - 10:33

Saturday 6 June 14:30-17:00, online with the North London Buddhist Centre

Plunge in and experience how mindfulness practice can help with stress. An ideal introductory session for newcomers, also suitable for experienced mindfulness practitioners and meditators. The session leader, Niccy Lowit, is a practising Buddhist and an accredited Breathworks Mindfulness Teacher.

Niccy says: “Happiness is a skill. This is what the ancient practice of mindfulness teaches, and what modern psychology research has shown. The wonderful thing is that this skill,...

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The Blue Sky at the Heart of the Body (The Dharma Toolkit Daily, Episode 7)

By Centre Team on Tue, 31 Mar, 2020 - 11:04

A crucial and rather beautiful conversation about how we relate to our bodies in relative isolation. Some down-to-earth, open-hearted sharing of experience about things physical: the signs and symptoms and weathers of our bodies; the beneficial effect on our mental health of imaginative connection with other embodied beings; and the kindly wisdom in learning to see and name our actual physical experience instead of becoming lost in speculation.

We’re joined for an all Southern Hemisphere affair by Suvarnadhi from Auckland, NZ...

Triratna News
Triratna News

Triratna Responds to the Coronavirus

By Sadayasihi on Fri, 27 Mar, 2020 - 09:57

Triratna Responds to the Coronavirus

By Sadayasihi on Fri, 27 Mar, 2020 - 09:57

As the Covid-19 pandemic continues to spread across the world, how have Triratna Buddhist Centres and team-based right livelihood businesses been responding?

By now most Triratna Buddhist Centres and groups have closed their doors - but many have opened up on the digital universe and invited their sanghas to join them online. Various Triratna Centres across the world are now offering courses classes, pujas, urban retreats and other events online. Now is a great time to try out joining in some of the...

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Triratna News

Developing Mindfulness in Wales

By Sadayasihi on Thu, 12 Dec, 2019 - 13:06

Developing Mindfulness in Wales

By Sadayasihi on Thu, 12 Dec, 2019 - 13:06

Vishvapani is a writer, teacher of Buddhism and meditation, and a trainer in Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR/MBCT) through Mindfulness in Action. He’s also an Associate of Breathworks Mindfulness and of The Mindfulness Initiative, supporting the Mindfulness All Party Parliamentary Group in the UK parliament and advocating mindfulness to the Welsh Government.

Here he gives us an update on what he’s been working on, particularly in relation to developing mindfulness teaching in Wales in collaboration with the Welsh Government. 

“In March...

Jobs, Volunteering & Communities
Jobs, Volunteering & Communities

Breathworks Non-Executive Director: Finance Director

By Nandavajra on Tue, 23 Apr, 2019 - 12:44

Breathworks Non-Executive Director: Finance Director

By Nandavajra on Tue, 23 Apr, 2019 - 12:44

Breathworks Non-Executive Director: Finance Director

About Breathworks

Our journey so far..

Breathworks Community Interest Company (CIC) is a social enterprise and leading international mindfulness organisation co-founded by Vidyamala Burch in 2004.  The organisation was born out of Vidyamala’s personal journey. She first injured her spine at 17 years old and learned to meditate in 1985. In 2001 she started teaching meditation and mindfulness to people living with pain, illness and stress out of a desire to share what she had learned with others. Vidyamala is...

Triratna News
Triratna News

Triratna and the Mindfulness Initiative in the UK

By Sadayasihi on Fri, 20 Apr, 2018 - 14:44

Triratna and the Mindfulness Initiative in the UK

By Sadayasihi on Fri, 20 Apr, 2018 - 14:44

As mindfulness has entered the mainstream of Western societies, one of the most striking developments is the popularity of mindfulness practice among British Members of Parliament and the connections they have made to public policy. Triratna has had a significant presence in this process.  Vishvapani, one of those involved, updates us on this work and writes:  “A few years ago, when these discussions started, I don’t think any of us imagined that their potential ramifications could be so far-reaching.” 

Mindfulness...

Triratna International Gathering 2017 - What The World Needs Now
Triratna International Gathering 2017 - What The World Needs Now

Breathworks – a modern take on old truths. With Vidyamala and Sona

By Vidyamala on Mon, 26 Jun, 2017 - 11:15

Breathworks – a modern take on old truths. With Vidyamala and Sona

By Vidyamala on Mon, 26 Jun, 2017 - 11:15

What the world needs, and has always needed, are people dedicated to helping both themselves and others to overcome suffering. This is the essence of the Bodhisattva Ideal. With the ever-increasing population in the world there is more and more suffering, so there is an urgent need for us to extend an even larger hand of friendship to all beings.

We have our wonderful urban Buddhist and Retreat centres that help people find ways to deal with the fundamental problem of dukkha...

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Breathworks blog: "Please, don't knock mindfulness", by Singhashri

By Charlotte Lawes on Wed, 15 Mar, 2017 - 09:10

Breathworks blog: "Please, don't knock mindfulness", by Singhashri

By Charlotte Lawes on Wed, 15 Mar, 2017 - 09:10

Breathworks is a fantastic organisation set up and run my members of the Triratna Buddhist Order and Community. Here is the latest blog post by Program Director Singhashri Gazmuri. If you missed it in January, it’s well-worth a read to understand what mindfulness is, isn’t, and why it is so important in the world today. 

“Reading Ruth Whippman’s November 26th opinion letter on mindfulness, Actually, Lets Not Be in the Moment left me with a growing sense of dismay and sadness.

I am...

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Jobs, Volunteering & Communities

Breathworks Marketing & Communications Assistant - Job Opportunity

By Nandavajra on Tue, 7 Feb, 2017 - 12:34

Breathworks Marketing & Communications Assistant - Job Opportunity


Join a vibrant and growing mindfulness organisation based at Manchester Buddhist Centre

Breathworks is a pioneering organisation that works to increase practical ‘acceptance-based’ methods for people experiencing pain, stress or illness.  We deliver mindfulness courses for individuals and train practitioners to deliver our programmes and run courses within a range of organisations.


As a growing business, we are excited to announce the expansion of our marketing department and are looking...

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An online video retreat with Vidyamala

By Munisha on Wed, 1 Feb, 2017 - 09:54

An online video retreat with Vidyamala

By Munisha on Wed, 1 Feb, 2017 - 09:54

Vidyamala, founder of Breathworks, spent December running an online video retreat on the American Buddhist site, Tricycle.com. This set of four 20-minute talks isentitled ’Freeing the Mind When the Body Hurts”. She writes:

“I started developing mindfulness courses for people with pain and illness way back in 2001, drawing on my own experience of coming to meditation with a spinal injury and wanting to offer advice for others in similar circumstances. Joined by Sona and Ratnaguna, we developed this to become the Community Interest (not-for-profit) Company...

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