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For Nothing Is Fixed - Getting Real with Viveka and Paramananda, Episode 1

By Centre Team on Tue, 2 Jun, 2020 - 02:16

For Nothing Is Fixed

For nothing is fixed,
forever, forever, forever,
it is not fixed;
the earth is always shifting,
the light is always changing,
the sea does not cease to grind down rock.
Generations do not cease to be born,
and we are responsible to them
because we are the only witnesses they have.
The sea rises, the light fails,
lovers cling to each other,
and children cling to us.
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The River Under the River (The Dharma Toolkit, Episode 27)

By Centre Team on Tue, 26 May, 2020 - 22:27

“Deserving a place in a realm where miracles happen”

Let’s start with this image: there’s a river under the river. Then follow it via the works of William Stafford and the creative lives of members of the Wolf at the Door group: poets and writers exploring the interplay of modes of attention in their chosen art forms, mediated by the practice of Buddhism.

The wolf is there too. Alive and real and, sometimes, scary. But this...

North London Buddhist Centre
North London Buddhist Centre

Going for Refuge, Coronavirus and the Environmental Crisis

By Ratnaprabha on Thu, 21 May, 2020 - 22:49

Going for Refuge, Coronavirus and the Environmental Crisis

By Ratnaprabha on Thu, 21 May, 2020 - 22:49

NLBC Sangha Night Buddhism, Mondays, 19:00

25 May: Going for Refuge, Coronavirus and the Environmental Crisis.
How are they connected?  With Santva, Katja Behrendt and Friends.

Zoom login details here, Meeting ID: 884 7432 3614, Password: 003288.

All welcome, intended for those with a genuine interest in following the Buddhist path. Please donate here....

FutureDharma
FutureDharma

Triratna Thrive Online: How FutureDharma is responding to the Coronavirus

By Nandavajra on Fri, 15 May, 2020 - 14:38

Triratna Thrive Online: How FutureDharma is responding to the Coronavirus

By Nandavajra on Fri, 15 May, 2020 - 14:38

Triratna Thrive: How FutureDharma is responding to the Coronavirus

FutureDharma exists to enable an abundantly funded, effective and well-resourced Triratna community that can respond to a suffering world and provide a progressive pathway to liberation.

The established purpose of FutureDharma is to seed and support Triratna Sanghas around the world, funding Dharma projects which promote unity, depth and breadth internationally, especially new projects which are bold and innovative. However a new approach is needed for this unprecedented time of rapid change, uncertainty and challenge.

How is...

Adhisthana
Adhisthana

Community members donate to get food to Indian families in lockdown

By Caroline I P on Wed, 13 May, 2020 - 13:04

Community members donate to get food to Indian families in lockdown

By Caroline I P on Wed, 13 May, 2020 - 13:04

A few weeks ago, just after India had abruptly gone into lockdown, Aryajaya brought to the community the story of her friend Abhyanavita.

Abhayanavita did the Adhisthana International Course in 2018, and then returned to her home in Amravati, a city in Maharashtra. She runs a project there with a team of 4 Order Members and 6 Mitras running a hostel to enable vulnerable women and girls to step free of domestic and sexual violence and giving them the tools they need...

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Ironic Points of Light (The Dharma Toolkit Daily, Episode 25)

By Centre Team on Sat, 9 May, 2020 - 00:21

Shimmering images, and no less shimmering experiences. Today’s episode begins a series on beauty, poetry, myth, art and symbol as a response to crisis.

Taking our cue from W.H. Auden’s poem, September 1st, 1939, and his recognition of the need to “love one another or die”, we ask how, in the midst of fear – even of death – we can exercise our agency as human beings.

Poetry leads the way in and out of the questioning. Joining Auden in the...

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Thought for the Day: The Four Sights in Lockdown

By Vishvapani on Fri, 8 May, 2020 - 12:58

Thought for the Day: The Four Sights in Lockdown

By Vishvapani on Fri, 8 May, 2020 - 12:58

Listen to Thought for the Day: The Four Sights in Lockdown 

07/05/2020

If the clouds clear tonight we’ll see the May full moon, traditionally called the Full Flower Moon to match the Spring blossoming. It will also bring to a close the Buddha Day Festival, when Buddhists around the world celebrate the birth and enlightenment of the Buddha. But the episode that resonates most strongly for me in the face of Covid-19 is the experience that starts...

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Rooted in this very earth

By Dhivan Thomas Jones on Wed, 6 May, 2020 - 11:39

Rooted in this very earth

By Dhivan Thomas Jones on Wed, 6 May, 2020 - 11:39

An unintended consequence of the viral pandemic is that, rather than walking to my office at the university, I walk for exercise each day in the local woods. And I am not alone: lots of us seem to be taking the unexpected opportunity to find pleasure in springtime woodland. As I’ve been walking in the woods, I’ve been thinking more about Buddhist environmental ethics (see also Mettā for Plants). It’s often thought that Buddhism is eco-friendly because of its...

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Free Buddhist Audio

FBA Podcast: Dharma Wondrous Strange

By Sadayasihi on Sat, 2 May, 2020 - 14:00

Ratnaguna gives us ten pieces of advice from the Buddha that speak to the isolation we’re experiencing whilst the world is in lockdown.

The talk was given via Zoom, following the temporary closure of Manchester Buddhist Centre due to the Coronavirus pandemic, April 3, 2020.

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Reflections on Love (The Dharma Toolkit Daily, Episode 23)

By Centre Team on Sat, 2 May, 2020 - 06:00

As we come towards the end of our Being Divine Online Home Retreat it is our great pleasure today to share with you some beautiful closing reflections from Ratnavandana on the theme of the retreat: love itself.

She beautifully evokes where and how she is currently spending this time of lockdown in rural Wales, UK, and shares how the Brahma Vihara meditations on love have been helping her at this strange and difficult time. What she gives us is her deep...

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