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A Rose-Apple Tree Experience – #buddhaday

By akasajoti on Sun, 10 May, 2020 - 10:04

A Rose-Apple Tree Experience – #buddhaday

By akasajoti on Sun, 10 May, 2020 - 10:04

And, a final #buddhaday treat for you all…

Sangharakshita tells us that the Enlightenment of the Buddha isn’t cold and detached, but sees everything as beautiful because it sees with a mind and heart of Metta.

For our International Buddha Day celebration, Subhadramati evokes this aspect of the Enlightenment by telling a story of a pivotal moment in the Buddha’s life, which precedes the dawning of his enlightenment experience, where he recollects a memory of sitting beneath a rose-apple tree in his youth. She...

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Connect to Buddha Day Online

By akasajoti on Sat, 9 May, 2020 - 01:07

Connect to Buddha Day Online

By akasajoti on Sat, 9 May, 2020 - 01:07

Find the full programme and connect to our Buddha Day celebrations here, where you can follow the links to join the live events, or watch on YouTube.

The Zoom platform can hold up to 1,000 of us in the virtual shrine room. Some events may get even busier!

If you try to join a live event and see a message telling you the room is full, you’re welcome to wait for someone to leave and we’ll let you in as soon as...

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Connect to Buddha Day Online

By akasajoti on Sat, 9 May, 2020 - 00:05

Connect to Buddha Day Online

By akasajoti on Sat, 9 May, 2020 - 00:05

Find the full programme and connect to our Buddha Day celebrations here, where you can follow the links to join the live events, or watch on YouTube.

The Zoom platform can hold up to 1,000 of us in the virtual shrine room. Some events may get even busier!

If you try to join a live event and see a message telling you the room is full, you’re welcome to wait for someone to leave and we’ll let you in as soon as...

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The Buddha and the King of the Nagas – Countdown to #buddhaday – 2 days to go...

By akasajoti on Thu, 7 May, 2020 - 11:23

The Buddha and the King of the Nagas – Countdown to #buddhaday – 2 days to go...

By akasajoti on Thu, 7 May, 2020 - 11:23

As a special treat for you as we countdown to #buddhaday we are releasing a series of dharma reflections and evocations of the Buddha over the week…⠀

For our Triratna international Buddha Day celebration, on the occasion of the full Moon day itself, Padmavajra introduces us to the story of the Buddha and the Naga King, Mucalinda. With characteristic resonant depth, Padmavajra evokes the meaning and significance of the Buddha’s Enlightenment, and his subsequent encounter with Mucalinda.

He then...

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Looking at the Bodhi Tree – Countdown to #buddhaday – 4 days to go...

By akasajoti on Wed, 6 May, 2020 - 22:09

Looking at the Bodhi Tree – Countdown to #buddhaday – 4 days to go...

By akasajoti on Wed, 6 May, 2020 - 22:09

As a special treat for you all this week as we countdown to #buddhaday we will be releasing a series of dharma reflections and evocations of the Buddha over the coming days…⠀

Today, from the ClearVision archives, we share a talk Sangharakshita gave on Buddha Day in 1999! Sangharakshita reflects on the Buddha’s achievement of Enlightenment, drawing our attention to an often overlooked feature of this great event - the Buddha’s expression of gratitude to the tree that...

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Walking to the Seat of Awakening – Countdown to #buddhaday – 4 days to go...

By akasajoti on Tue, 5 May, 2020 - 22:44

Walking to the Seat of Awakening – Countdown to #buddhaday – 4 days to go...

By akasajoti on Tue, 5 May, 2020 - 22:44

As a special treat for you all this week as we countdown to #buddhaday we will be releasing a series of dharma reflections and evocations of the Buddha over the coming days…⠀

In a conversation between friends, Punyamala speaks to Ratnavuha about her inspiration from some verses contained within the Lalitavistara Sutra which describe the Buddha as he walks to the seat of enlightenment. Together, they explore the image and significance of walking, and how this story draws out the timeless...

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The Travellers from Orissa – Countdown to #buddhaday – 5 days to go...

By akasajoti on Mon, 4 May, 2020 - 22:01

The Travellers from Orissa – Countdown to #buddhaday – 5 days to go...

By akasajoti on Mon, 4 May, 2020 - 22:01

As a special treat for you all this week as we countdown to #buddhaday we will be releasing a series of dharma reflections each day…⠀

Here, Maitreyabandhu reads us a poem from his second collection called Yarn.

According to tradition, two travellers met the Buddha just after his enlightenment and became his first disciples, Tapussa and Bhallika. They disappear from literature after that point, and the Travellers from Orissa is a long dramatic monologue, written by Maitreyabandhu, imagining their story.

Make some space and sit comfortably...

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Words in Praise of the Buddha – Countdown to #buddhaday – 6 days to go...

By akasajoti on Mon, 4 May, 2020 - 14:04

Words in Praise of the Buddha – Countdown to #buddhaday – 6 days to go...

By akasajoti on Mon, 4 May, 2020 - 14:04

As a special treat for you all this week as we countdown to #buddhaday we will be releasing a series of dharma reflections each day…⠀

Ratnavyuha and Dhiramuni, two friends from Auckland, New Zealand, share their inspiration from some verses in praise of the Buddha, contained within the first chapter of the Vimalakirti Nirdesa. They offer an audio recording of the verses, and a practice suggestion for a reflective writing exercise for you to engage with.

Practice Suggestion:
• Listen to the...

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Free the Dharma - a #buddhaday gift from Windhorse Publications

By akasajoti on Fri, 1 May, 2020 - 23:42

Free the Dharma - a #buddhaday gift from Windhorse Publications

By akasajoti on Fri, 1 May, 2020 - 23:42

From the 1st to the 10th of May, our friends at Windhorse Publications are giving away Saddhaloka’s ‘Encounters with Enlightenment’, a book of stories from the Buddha’s life, as a #buddhaday gift! 🎁 ⠀

This collection of timeless, well-loved stories from the life of the Buddha is presented with simple elegance by Saddhaloka. By remaining faithful to the ancient Pali texts from which they are drawn, they allow us to enter the world of the Buddha...

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Countdown to #buddhaday - 7 days to go...

By akasajoti on Fri, 1 May, 2020 - 23:32

Countdown to #buddhaday - 7 days to go...

By akasajoti on Fri, 1 May, 2020 - 23:32

Countdown to #buddhaday !⠀

In the lead-up to our Triratna international Buddha Day celebration, Saddhaloka offers a series of ten short talks telling stories of the Buddha’s life, filmed from Adhisthana during the lock-down. Listen to one a day, and enjoy a daily immersion in the world and life of the Buddha.⠀

🎧 LISTEN NOW ⠀

Saddhaloka will also be appearing on Buddha Day itself for a live-streamed...

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