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FBA Podcast: Using Ritual to Cultivate Bodhicitta

By Sadayasihi on Sat, 15 Dec, 2018 - 13:00

Can ritual help us put the conditions in place through which bodhicitta may arise? In this week’s FBA Podcast Using Ritual to Cultivate Bodhicitta Vijayasri explores our reactions to the idea of ritual and how rituals can become meaningless. We then look at the concept of ritual as “entering into a realm of the imagination where we encounter Buddhas and Bodhisattvas”.

This talk was given at the Croydon Buddhist Centre in April 2016...

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Free Buddhist Audio

Dharmabyte: Our True Response

By Sadayasihi on Mon, 10 Dec, 2018 - 13:00

Today’s FBA Dharmabyte is called Our True Response, from the talk entitled Truthful Communication. Amarapuspa explores the topic of truthful communication starting from the idea that the spiritual life consists of speaking the truth. She discusses whether we are capable of speaking the truth and how the responses of our bodies may help us to spot if we are not being truthful.

Amarapuspa also looks at the area of trust in...

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Free Buddhist Audio

Dharmabyte: Depth of Connection

By Sadayasihi on Fri, 27 Jul, 2018 - 12:15

In this FBA Dharmabyte, ‘Depth of Connection’ Nagabodhi shares memories of being in Croydon during the 1970’s. He describes the beautiful symmetry of the fact that he opened the first shrine room in the Croydon Centre and is now here to open the newly rebuilt shrine room in 2017.

Nagabodhi considers the many eras of Croydon’s history and shares the idea that a new shrine room is the seed of incalculable journeys for the future.

This is an excerpt from the...

Successful Community Living
Successful Community Living

Room available in Mixed Community Croydon

By Carol Robertson on Sun, 8 Apr, 2018 - 16:53

Room available in Mixed Community Croydon

By Carol Robertson on Sun, 8 Apr, 2018 - 16:53

Carol and Malcolm are mitras in ordination training in Croydon. We have a room available immediately in our small community. Do get in touch for more information.

Buddhist Centre Features
Buddhist Centre Features

5 Years of The Buddhist Centre Online: #1 New Online Spaces and Physical Places

By Sadayasihi on Mon, 29 Jan, 2018 - 17:56

5 Years of The Buddhist Centre Online: #1 New Online Spaces and Physical Places

By Sadayasihi on Mon, 29 Jan, 2018 - 17:56

“Civic spaces are an extension of the community. When they work well, they serve as a stage for our public lives. If they function in their true civic role, they can be the settings where celebrations are held, where exchanges both social and economic take place, where friends run into each other, and where cultures mix.” [1]

Since The Buddhist Centre officially launched 5 years ago many web spaces have sprung into being which allow greater community building across Triratna as...

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Community Highlights

Sangharakshita and the Shadow of the Past

By Candradasa on Mon, 27 Feb, 2017 - 19:06

A strong, moving, nuanced set of perspectives from Vishvapani on areas of historical controversy in the FWBO/Triratna, especially those involving our founder, Sangharakshita. 

The talk spans Vishvapani’s long involvement with the community in both its light and “shadow” aspects - from first coming across the Dharma in Croydon, UK, at the age of 14 in the 1980s until the present day. It is in many ways a timely look at the past and the present, rooted in the...

Mitra Support
Mitra Support

Sangharakshita and the Shadow of the Past by Vishvapani

By Candradasa on Mon, 27 Feb, 2017 - 19:01

A strong, moving, nuanced set of perspectives from Vishvapani on areas of historical controversy in the FWBO/Triratna, especially those involving our founder, Sangharakshita. 

The talk spans Vishvapani’s long involvement with the community in both its light and “shadow” aspects - from first coming across the Dharma in Croydon, UK, at the age of 14 in the 1980s until the present day. It is in many ways a timely look at the past and the present, rooted in the...

Croydon Buddhist Centre
Croydon Buddhist Centre

Buddhas in the Walls, Blessings in the Roof

By Carol Robertson on Mon, 27 Feb, 2017 - 15:43

Buddhas in the Walls, Blessings in the Roof

By Carol Robertson on Mon, 27 Feb, 2017 - 15:43

Running into week 5 with full vigour. It’s hard to keep up with all the activity. Lots of final preparations to the roof surface for the rubber membrane to be fitted this week (weather permitting) There was a fear this week that Storm Doris would stop us in our tracks, but, even Doris couldn’t deter our brilliant builders. When they couldn’t work on the roof, they came inside and continued with the insulation for the inner shrine walls and started...

Croydon Buddhist Centre
Croydon Buddhist Centre

A Well-Thatched House !

By Carol Robertson on Tue, 21 Feb, 2017 - 15:42

A Well-Thatched House !

By Carol Robertson on Tue, 21 Feb, 2017 - 15:42

With purlins, joists, struts and every angle strengthened, our shrine roof is well on the way to becoming ‘well-thatched’. Velux windows are ready to be fitted, lovely clean fascias are appearing, and insulation is filling the space. Building control gave the thumbs up to the construction and final preparations are underway for the rubber membrane to be fitted.

Electricians are in this week, running wiring for our new lighting and heating throughout the shrine room and reception area, the new windows and...

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Buddhist Centre Features

An Account of Croydon Buddhist Centre in the 1980s by Vishvapani

By Vishvapani on Thu, 9 Feb, 2017 - 17:48

An Account of Croydon Buddhist Centre in the 1980s by Vishvapani

By Vishvapani on Thu, 9 Feb, 2017 - 17:48

In the wake of recent testimony, I am re-posting here an article I wrote for Dharma Life magazine in 1998, which describes my experience at the Croydon Buddhist centre in the 1980s

In September 1997 The Guardian published a critical article about the Friends of the Western Buddhist Order (now called the Triratna Buddhist Community) – that included a long description of an FWBO centre that went wrong. It was ‘a cult’, I read, characterised by ‘collective...

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