A guided reflection on the three levels of what is described as the ‘heart space’; the meeting point between self and world. Bhadra guides us into the experiences of the front facing heart, the deep heart and the heart of awareness itself.
Worlds defined by pride, addiction, hatred, delusion, ignorance and attachment swirl within and around us. To step into the potential of our life we need to know where we stand. This is the first step on the path of liberation. This week we will be exploring the imagery of the six realms. Where do we find ourselves?
This striking image has many depths and hidden secrets. Do our present conscious actions build our future? An ambitious but brief look at the eight distinct aspects of consciousness to point towards an understanding of the Buddhist perspective on karma as this is depicted as driving this whole wheel of becoming. Be the Revolution course on the Wheel of Life with Bhadra. Week 2/6.
We are Ella, Dayajoti, and Amber of Kalyanaloka, a Triratna Women’s Community which has been established in Bristol for 5 years. Please see our lovely flyer attached to this post!
We would love to welcome a new order member or mitra into our community, which is built on the foundation of our friendship and shared practice. We have community time and meditate together in our dedicated shrine room.
Some of our rejoicings in life at Kalyanaloka are feeling witnessed in how our life and practice unfold,...
Reflecting on the Black Lives Matter events, Advayamati gave this talk at the Bristol Buddhist Centre Sangha Night on Tuesday 9 June, two days after the statue of 17th Century slave trader Edward Colston was pulled down in Bristol.
This protest was part of an international response to the death of George Floyd in the USA.
Advayamati ‘tells it straight, with warmth and humour’, as a man of mixed race (‘I’m black, I’m white, I’m Jewish, I’m...
In December the Bristol Buddhist Centre hosted a practice morning on the theme ‘The Three Jewels Meet the Climate Emergency’. The event offered a space for the Sangha to come together to explore thoughts and feelings around the climate emergency, how Dharma practice helps with facing the reality of the situation, and what ‘taking action’ might look like in this context. This was followed by an action outside Barclays bank in the afternoon with meditation, leafletting and singing ‘climate carols.’
In this week’s FBA Podcast, Bhadra introduces the archetypal magician, Padmasambhava, in a talk called The Art of Ritual and Descent, given at a day for men in Bristol, UK. He uses episodes from the magician’s life to illustrate how engaging the imagination through ritual and being willing to make the journey of descent are key elements of a fruitful practice.
This June saw another successful Buddhist Action Month (BAM) unfold. We take a look at what it was all about and how the Triratna Buddhist Community around the world took part.
So what is BAM?
“At the heart of Triratna is the Bodhisattva Ideal – the aspiration and heartfelt wish to benefit others and the commitment to act in ways that help all beings to thrive. Buddhist Action Month is an opportunity to reach out and engage with friends or local communities in ways that...
A day for the south-west region to celebrate our sangha in Bristol and worldwide.
10.00 doors open
10.30 Welcome & Dedication Ceremony & Triratna Metta Bhavana led by Jvalamalini
12.00 Four Gifts – short personal talks from Abhayamaitri, Satyalila, Bhadra and Ananda:
I come to you with four gifts. The first gift is a lotus-flower. Do you understand? My second gift is a golden net. Can you recognize it? My third gift is a shepherds’ round-dance. Do your feet know how to dance? My fourth gift