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Bristol Buddhist Centre

Day 6: Pathways to a Beautiful Mind

By Satyalila on Thu, 2 May, 2019 - 15:49

Day 6: Pathways to a Beautiful Mind

By Satyalila on Thu, 2 May, 2019 - 15:49

Day 6 - the final day! The 2019 Rains Retreat is now over. Here are some final photos - Bhadra, the Chair of the Bristol Buddhist Centre, thanking and rejoicing in Vajradevi, and then the inevitable dismantling of the shrine and farewells.

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Listen to the audio recordings from day 6 on Soundcloud

Early Morning Meditation Session

Exploring Our Momentum with Mindfulness + Closing Ritual

Listen to the whole series on Free Buddhist Audio

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Bristol Buddhist Centre
Bristol Buddhist Centre

Day 4: Pathways to a Beautiful Mind

By Satyalila on Wed, 1 May, 2019 - 12:27

Day 4: Pathways to a Beautiful Mind

By Satyalila on Wed, 1 May, 2019 - 12:27

The morning of the fourth day of our rains retreat saw us diving into the ‘dangerous neighbourhood’ of our minds where the kleshas (poisons) hang out. With Vajradevi as a fearless guide, we explored both aversion and craving. With a skilful use of personal examples, she helped us venture into the territory with the companionship of mindfulness, helping us to distinguish the ‘knowing mind’ from the ‘known mind’.

Our afternoon session was devoted to exploring two very different...

Bristol Buddhist Centre
Bristol Buddhist Centre

Day 3: Pathways to a Beautiful Mind

By Satyalila on Tue, 30 Apr, 2019 - 12:24

Day 3: Pathways to a Beautiful Mind

By Satyalila on Tue, 30 Apr, 2019 - 12:24

On the third full day of the Bristol Rains Retreat Vajradevi continued the exploration of mindfulness with a talk on working with thinking, followed by a sitting meditation  in which we became aware of ‘thoughts as thoughts’ by the practice of gently ‘labelling’ what arose.  After tea, a led walking meditation provided the opportunity to carry that ‘thread of mindfulness’ from sitting into walking; this was followed by the exploration of ‘mood’ as a major conditioning factor of our experience...

Bristol Buddhist Centre
Bristol Buddhist Centre

Day 2: Pathways to a Beautiful Mind

By Satyalila on Mon, 29 Apr, 2019 - 12:40

Day 2: Pathways to a Beautiful Mind

By Satyalila on Mon, 29 Apr, 2019 - 12:40

In this second full day of our rains retreat on the Satipatthana Vajradevi explored the faculties of wisdom (prajna or panna)  and energy (viriya) in relation to mindfulness.  In the morning about 40 of us took part in a (very mindful!) led walking meditation round the shrineroom. 

During the day there were also opportunities to do the ‘sofa practice’! This a Bristol invention…  a term Khemajoti coined on one of our early Rains retreats 5-6 years ago when Lisa, a...

Bristol Buddhist Centre
Bristol Buddhist Centre

Day 1: Pathways to a Beautiful Mind

By Satyalila on Sun, 28 Apr, 2019 - 09:31

Day 1: Pathways to a Beautiful Mind

By Satyalila on Sun, 28 Apr, 2019 - 09:31

Our Bristol Rains Retreat 2019 had a rich first day with about 40 Order Members and Mitras taking part through the day.  Vajradevi gave us a great overview of mindfulness and awareness and skilfully wove what she’s learned of the practice in Burma with Bhante Sangharakshita’s teachings on the five spiritual faculties (drawing on the Essential Sangharakshita, What is the Dharma? and A Survey of Buddhism.)

In the evening we had a 45-minute Mindfulness of Breathing followed by the...

Buddhist Centre Features
Buddhist Centre Features

Pathways to the Beautiful Mind: Bristol Rains Retreat 2019

By Sadayasihi on Sat, 27 Apr, 2019 - 13:55

Pathways to the Beautiful Mind: Bristol Rains Retreat 2019

By Sadayasihi on Sat, 27 Apr, 2019 - 13:55

The 2019 Bristol Rains Retreat is now underway! This year’s theme is ‘Pathways to the Beautiful Mind’ which will be using the framework of the Satipatthana Sutta and the 5 spiritual faculties to cultivate receptivity to beauty and truth, while allowing the whole range of our experience to be known. The retreat is being led by Vajradevi who will be exploring the theme through the ‘pathways’ of meditation, reflection, input, discussion and ritual.

We will be sharing the talks from this retreat as it happens over...

Jobs, Volunteering & Communities
Jobs, Volunteering & Communities

Centre Manager at Bristol Buddhist Centre

By Development Team on Wed, 17 Apr, 2019 - 18:44

Centre Manager at Bristol Buddhist Centre

By Development Team on Wed, 17 Apr, 2019 - 18:44

Here at Bristol Buddhist Centre we are looking for an Order Member to be our new Centre manager.

The successful candidate will be responsible for the day to day running of our busy Centre working with the Centre Team (currently Bhadra (Chair), Satyalila and Naravira (mitra convenors) plus Khemajoti who is stepping down). You will also be responsible for managing the ‘Healing Rooms’ a business on the first floor of the building which provides an important income stream for the Centre through...

Triratna News
Triratna News

The Three Jewels meet the Climate Emergency

By Sadayasihi on Mon, 11 Feb, 2019 - 16:05

The Three Jewels meet the Climate Emergency

By Sadayasihi on Mon, 11 Feb, 2019 - 16:05

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.’

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Bristol Buddhist Centre
Bristol Buddhist Centre

Triratna50 in Bristol

By jvalamalini on Thu, 6 Apr, 2017 - 17:28

Triratna50 in Bristol

By jvalamalini on Thu, 6 Apr, 2017 - 17:28

A day for the south-west region to celebrate our sangha in Bristol and worldwide.

Programme

10.00 doors open

10.30 Welcome & Dedication Ceremony & Triratna Metta Bhavana led by Jvalamalini

11.40 Tea

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

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Exeter Triratna Group
Exeter Triratna Group

Come along! Celebrating 50 years of the Triratna Buddhist Community

By mokshini on Fri, 10 Mar, 2017 - 18:02

Come along! Celebrating 50 years of the Triratna Buddhist Community

By mokshini on Fri, 10 Mar, 2017 - 18:02

Join Mokshini, Karunadarshin, Sudhana, Nandavajra and others from the Devon Sangha to travel to the Bristol Buddhist Centre for the day to mark “50 years of the Triratna Buddhist Community”! It would be lovely if there was a whole group of us from Exeter going up. The plan is to all go on a train together on the 8.23am from Exeter St David’s to Bristol Temple Meads, and return in the evening on the 18.44pm departure from Temple Meads.

It would be helpful if...

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