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Dharmabyte: The Altruistic Aspect of the Bodhisattva

By Sadayasihi on Mon, 12 Jul, 2021 - 06:00

What’s in it for me? Our natural human tendency is to take, to grasp, to cling. If you can give though, there is hope, spiritually speaking. Generosity is an attitude of heart and of mind, an attitude of one’s whole being.

Sangharakshita describes the altruistic aspect of the Bodhisattva and the reconciliation of the apparent antithesis between the interests of others and of self by practising the first two of the six Perfections: dana (giving) and shila (ethics or ‘uprightness’).

From the...

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Dharmabyte: Letting Our Inner Riches Shine

By Sadayasihi on Thu, 8 Jul, 2021 - 06:00

Danapriya explores how our inner world reflects to the outer world. How do we want to live in the world? How do our views impact our practice of generosity? Where do we direct the energies of craving and desire?

Excerpted from the talk entitled Giving Is Enjoyable given at Croydon Buddhist Centre, 2015.

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Closing the home retreat - Turning Arrows into Flowers

By kusaladevi on Fri, 22 May, 2020 - 12:57

Closing the home retreat - Turning Arrows into Flowers

By kusaladevi on Fri, 22 May, 2020 - 12:57

We’ve come to the end of this home retreat, “Turning Arrows into Flowers”. Find the Post retreat resources here

However you have used the resources this week, we really hope that Training your Mind and having a sense of community online have benefited your Dharma practice at this time. Let us know here how you have found the week, we’d love to hear from you.

Please give now, so that we can offer home retreats and other resources to more...

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Donation to the Buddhist Centre Online

By Caroline I P on Wed, 13 May, 2020 - 17:08

Donation to the Buddhist Centre Online

By Caroline I P on Wed, 13 May, 2020 - 17:08

Since Adhisthana closed, we have been cancelling retreats and refunding those booked on a rolling basis. When contacting people we have also been inviting them to donate their deposit (or more), to be distributed to those Triratna centres and organisations that will need additional help with funding during these uncertain times.

There has been a massive outpouring of generosity from people, and you can see some of the team talking about this in more detail in one of our blog post ‘...

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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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Closing the Being Divine Online home retreat

By kusaladevi on Fri, 1 May, 2020 - 17:01

Closing the Being Divine Online home retreat

By kusaladevi on Fri, 1 May, 2020 - 17:01

We hope you have enjoyed Being Divine Online with us this week! 

The retreat ended with this beautiful song by Ratnavandana, which retreatants sing together at the end of her Brahma Viharas retreats.

Thank you so much to Ratnavandana for supplying us with these fantastic resources around the Brahma Viharas, for sharing her practice and experience so fully and for her wonderful evocation and explanation of the Divine Abodes in the Q & A where 138 of us gathered together.

Look out too for a ...

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Personal Reflections from the Week - Sailing the Worldly Winds Home Retreat

By kusaladevi on Fri, 10 Apr, 2020 - 19:21

Personal Reflections from the Week - Sailing the Worldly Winds Home Retreat

By kusaladevi on Fri, 10 Apr, 2020 - 19:21

It’s been quite a busy week for me - I started two new jobs in the last three weeks and have had various deadlines this week. But despite that, I have still enjoyed and benefited greatly from the Home Retreat. Thinking about Vajragupta’s reflections has given me a very particular focus to my Dharma practice this week, and helped me...

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The Money Issue (The Dharma Toolkit Daily, Episode 13)

By Centre Team on Thu, 9 Apr, 2020 - 22:54

Communities of all kinds all over the world have been facing up to the huge economic impact of Covid-19 and the ongoing lockdown. In the Triratna Buddhist Community this has meant financial stress at Buddhist Centres and an urgent need for help navigating the next few months, which will be crucial to the survival of many Centres, large and small.

Enter our two guests! Amalavajra and Danayutta are two former investment bankers, now working hard with Future Dharma Fund to...

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Giving the Gift of the Dharma

By Helen - Windhor... on Tue, 10 Sep, 2019 - 16:01

Giving the Gift of the Dharma

By Helen - Windhor... on Tue, 10 Sep, 2019 - 16:01

Dharmapriya is a Triratna Order member currently living in Berlin. He’s involved with a variety of projects for the movement and is currently concentrating on organising and editing translations.

Forty years ago, when Dharmapriya was still a mitra, he recognised Sangharakshita as a ‘spiritual genius’ and appreciated that his writing was ‘a treasure to be guarded and used’. Over the years, as Sangharakshita’s works were published, Dharmapriya bought them all.

Dharmapriya was delighted when The Complete Works was released, but he hesitated about subscribing;...

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Dharmabyte: Dana as Practice

By Sadayasihi on Thu, 18 Jul, 2019 - 14:00

Our FBA Dharmabyte today is called Dana as Practice. Here Samachitta puts the practice of generosity under the microscope in this engaging talk on the first paramita.

When we perform an act of generosity, what exactly is happening? How does it relate to the development of Wisdom? Is there such a thing as purely mental generosity and how effective is it?

This talk explains the ‘why’, ‘what’ and how’ of Dana-Paramita.

From the talk Dana - the Emotional Life of...

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