In his second talk in the series counting down to Buddha Day, Saddhaloka shares the stories of just after the Buddha’s enlightenment. This talks covers the buddha’s first teachings, and the compassion that moved him and his followers to teach.
This talk by Padmavajra is offered especially to men who have asked for ordination into the Triratna Buddhist Order. It was given in the shrine room on Monday April 13th 2020.
In this talk Padmavajra addresses how men can continue their ordination training during this time of lockdown, when it is not possible to attend retreats at Padmaloka. He draws particular attention to the Buddha’s vision of existence and his longing for escape. He also explores the existential act of Going for...
Truthfulness has always been very important to me. It’s something which I valued long before I came across the Dharma. So I was quite struck when Vajragupta suggested the opportunity to practice truthfulness when the winds of Praise and Blame are blowing. Praise and Blame are the Worldly winds I notice most in my experience, or perhaps the ones I am blown about by most strongly.
So I started to reflect on this - how might truthfulness help me when...
Ratnaprabha will be leading this beautiful puja compiled from Pali Canon sources by Maitrisiddhi of Taraloka retreat centre. We will meditate from 19:30, with the puja starting at about 19:55, but please sign in about 19:00 if you can, so the participants can all say hello! I will explain how online puja and chanting works. Use the Zoom login below.
The Buddha was a human being who by his own efforts discovered the path towards Enlightenment and was able to communicate this path for others to follow. His life is full of stories that that are of relevance for those of us today who wish to follow the path towards Enlightenment.
The Buddha’s Parinirvana marks the final passing of the Buddha two and a half millennia ago. It is an opportunity not just to contemplate on impermanence, but also to rejoice in the example of the Buddha’s life and in the precious opportunity our own lives present us with.
There is something profoundly natural and ordinary about death, and yet something quite mysterious. Where do we go? What actually happens? Who or what are we when alive? Nothing changed, from the Buddha’s point of view. Vimalavajri offers reflections on the ultimate unknown, the ultimate mystery, death, inspired by the glimpses of awakening depicted in the Mahaparinibbana Sutta.
Saddhanandi is the Chair of Adhisthana and a preceptor. She was for many years the Chair of Taraloka retreat centre. She was a close friend of Bhante Sangharakshita and is noted for her warmth, friendliness and skills as a Dharma teacher. Here she shares her thoughts on the Buddha Shakyamuni.