European Buddhist Union Conference 2018 - call for papers “Spreading wisdom and compassion in European societies” April 13/14/15 Benalmádena, Malaga, Spain
The European Buddhist Union (EBU, www.europeanbuddhism.org) organises a conference event every 2 years. Following the “Buddhism in Action” conference in Berlin in 2016, there will be the another such event in April 2018.
The theme of the conference event is “Spreading wisdom and compassion in European societies”, with their specific socio-political, cultural and economic features.
Day 2 of the 2016 Triratna International Council - a strong one, looking at the deep challenges for contemporary Buddhists who want to meet the needs of a suffering world head on.
Karmavajra from India, Parami from Scotland, and Viriyakirti from Mexico join Dassini and Candradasa to recap an absorbing, stimulating day. Climate change, diversity and racial bias, the Dharma as an effective antidote to suffering in India, and Buddhist recovery are amongst the topics of the day....
In the story, Kisa Gotami’s grief for her dead child is completely transformed after her contact with the Buddha through the experience of compassion and insight, leading her to a life of spiritual commitment and renunciation.
Self-Compassion - Learning to Turn Loving-kindness Inwards Vajra Bell is the quarterly journal from Triratna in North America, based out of Aryaloka Retreat Center in New Hampshire. In this issue, some moving and thought-provoking evocations of loving kindness and its radical effect - often in unexpected ways!
This week’s FBA Podcast, is brought to us by Padmavajra called “Padmasambhava and the Magic Of Compassion”. Padmavajra is an ideal person to introduce Padmasamabhava, the great Tantric guru of Tibet. He is both a devotee and a good storyteller – a winning combination as we are brought into vivifying contact with the origins and mysteries of this central Vajrayana figure.
Please note, there is some audio skipping on this recording for a couple of minutes at around...
Ratnavandana has given much of her later life to the cultivation and teaching of Brahma Viharas meditation - helping inspire many people to move towards spending more of their time in the ‘divine abodes’ of love, compassion, sympathetic joy and equanimity.
Here is the complete archive of teaching from her Spring 2015 Rainy Season retreat in Bristol, UK. The theme was ‘Living In The Mandala’, looking at the Brahma Viharas in the context of the five Buddha mandala. Talks, readings, guided...
Ratnavandana introduces and guides us through a composite practice of all four Brahma Viharas at once - loving kindness, compassion, sympathetic joy, equanimity.
She sets the scene perfectly with an introduction to the notion of cultivation/development within the context of a Buddhist spiritual life, showing how each of these qualities may be called forth whenever needed in the face of our experience, just as the flower is called forth from the seed in springtime.