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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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...
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...
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...
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 EssentialSangharakshita, What is the Dharma? and A Survey of Buddhism.)
In the evening we had a 45-minute Mindfulness of Breathing followed by the...
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...
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...
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.’
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
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.