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Kamalamani - Other Than Mother, Choosing Childlessness With Life In Mind

By Satyalila on Thu, 16 Jun, 2016 - 17:18

Satyalila interviews Kamalamani about a strong decision in her life  as a Buddhist - to forego having children - and her subsequent decision to write a book about it. A great conversation between two good friends about a long, challenging, ultimately affirming personal process and choice.

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Kamalamani: On Unbounded Love

By mokshini on Tue, 14 Jun, 2016 - 04:00

Kamalamani: On Unbounded Love

By mokshini on Tue, 14 Jun, 2016 - 04:00

For Buddhist Action Month 2016 we asked our friends from around the world to say what the Bodhisattva Ideal means to them…

Kamalamani’s exploration of issues around consciously choosing childlessness as an ethical move is both fascinating and challenging. The context of unbounded compassion for all beings is vital and animates an issue we all face in our lives as human beings coming to terms with an over-populated world.

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Birth of a book: Choosing childlessness

By Munisha on Tue, 3 May, 2016 - 23:51

Birth of a book: Choosing childlessness

By Munisha on Tue, 3 May, 2016 - 23:51

Kamalamani writes from Bristol, UK about her new book: Other than mother: choosing childlessness with life in mind.

In my late teens and early 20s I used to say that I would have children by the time I was 30. It was only on a Going for Refuge retreat at Tiratanaloka (in Wales) when I was 27 that I realised child-bearing wasn’t - and isn’t - compulsory. This realisation encouraged me to think and reflect carefully about the pro-natal nature...

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Gratefully Stopping - Going on the Retreat for Mothers

By ElkeWeiss on Mon, 5 Oct, 2015 - 15:33

Gratefully Stopping - Going on the Retreat for Mothers

By ElkeWeiss on Mon, 5 Oct, 2015 - 15:33

On Friday last week I was running around. It was just a normal day at work: my new office is still not entirely sorted, and I don’t have a phone. This isn’t ideal when you are trying to chase up things for students. It’s even worse when you lose your own mobile phone on the way to work. Thank God for colleagues with mobiles with unlimited minutes. Oh, and here’s the head of department, wanting to organise what needs organising...

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Meditation Workshop - Five Breaths

By Free Buddhist Audio on Thu, 1 Oct, 2015 - 23:28

Meditation Workshop - Five Breaths

By Free Buddhist Audio on Thu, 1 Oct, 2015 - 23:28

As a companion to her talk, The Possibility of Practice and her guided Meditation on the Three Bodies (physical, emotional, and mental) this workshop is indispensable. Amaragita explodes and expands notions around the practice of paying attention via awareness of the breath, using the deceptively simple exercise of taking just five breaths through the day. 

We hear how the practice relates to the theory of Buddhist meditation and are encouraged to choose and learn from our direct experience...

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Amaragita - A Meditation On Our Three Bodies

By Free Buddhist Audio on Tue, 29 Sep, 2015 - 17:56

A helpful introduction from Amaragita to the subtler reaches of body-based awareness meditation, bringing in a sense of our physical, emotional and mental ‘bodies’ as the basis for deep relaxation and resting in our experience.

Led as part of the 2015 Mothers Retreat at Taraloka Retreat Centre.

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The Possibility Of Practice

By Free Buddhist Audio on Tue, 29 Sep, 2015 - 00:13

The Possibility Of Practice

By Free Buddhist Audio on Tue, 29 Sep, 2015 - 00:13

If a talk could ever be described as beautifully bracing, this is it! Amaragita brings a sharp-edged mind and a long-term perspective to the whole question of what practice is. 

As you might expect, she also brings humour, warmth and kindness too, qualities that more than balance out the penetrating clarity and sometimes challenging questioning underpinning this exploration of the possibility of practice - for all, and especially for those raising families at any stage of life.

Amaragita offers three principles for...

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Stop, Look and See What Arises

By sheena on Sun, 27 Sep, 2015 - 15:30

Stop, Look and See What Arises

By sheena on Sun, 27 Sep, 2015 - 15:30

I really loved hearing Amaragita’s welcome to the retreat. I also found it painful. I experienced envy and jealousy. A hunger to ‘intervene in [my] life as usual’ and ‘untangle [my] existential knots’. I resonated with her description of a sense of needing to stop; of everything shouting ‘stop’!  

I have stopped a few times today. I woke early to meditate and check in to the retreat. Instead both my children woke early too. I...

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At the Close of the First Full Day

By Karunagita on Sun, 27 Sep, 2015 - 15:04

At the Close of the First Full Day

By Karunagita on Sun, 27 Sep, 2015 - 15:04

It is a privilege to be able to support mothers on a retreat and inspiring to see how much impact a relatively short space of time in a place such as Taraloka can have. There is a huge amount of appreciation and the atmosphere on the retreat was warm and friendly from the Friday evening, as mothers connected easily with each other.

This afternoon people met in smaller groups to discuss whatever was arising for them at the time. One...

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Karunagita - Lightening the Load

By Free Buddhist Audio on Sun, 27 Sep, 2015 - 00:39

Karunagita - Lightening the Load

By Free Buddhist Audio on Sun, 27 Sep, 2015 - 00:39

A great talk from Karunagita, author of A Path For Parents, with some key practical insights for anyone trying to figure out how to go deeper with their practice while raising children. We get a moving evocation of parenting as a distinct context for working with our conditioning, our views, and for learning to break our habits in order to cultivate ever deeper levels of awareness and love. 

And as you might expect, all the earned wisdom of this talk...

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