The Buddhist Centre: buddhism for today
Community Highlights
Community Highlights

An Offering From the Goddess Of The Spring

Posted by dh sthanashraddha to Community Highlights on Sat, 2 Jun, 2018 - 08:16

An Offering From the Goddess Of The Spring

Posted by dh sthanashraddha to Community Highlights on Sat, 2 Jun, 2018 - 08:16

2.30am alarm is ringing! Why is my alarm going off at this time of the night!! Ah yes I remember. So I crawl out of bed stagger around and remember to pack matches and jam jar candles. Along with jars of popping corn, oats and soya milk. Some white flowers from the garden and a swan feather and a white peacock feather. I remember to pack the incense but later recall I didn’t pack any charcoal discs…

After...

Buddhist Centre Features
Buddhist Centre Features

Buddha Day Offerings From The Goddess of the Spring

Posted by Candradasa to Buddhist Centre Features on Sat, 2 Jun, 2018 - 08:10

To mark the great festival of Buddha Day (Wesak), when we celebrate the Enlightenment and its opening up of the path that leads to the end of suffering, here’s a wonderful mythologically minded conversation with Sthanashraddha, self-confessed ritualist and all-round lover of beauty and of the Dharma as an aesthetic choice in itself.

Sthanashraddha’s considerable elegance of being and of mind comes through beautifully as we hear his magical tale of a dawn adventure to meet the goddess of the Malvern springs...

India Dhamma Trust:
India Dhamma Trust: "At the heart of a...

Chanting Indian Style (with Flute Music) by Dhammachari Chandrabodhi

Posted by Carunalaka to India Dhamma Trust: "At the heart of a... on Sun, 20 Mar, 2016 - 17:39

Here’s a live recording from the original ‘Dharmachakra Tapes’ catalogue, with some wonderful chanting done India style!

These recordings include: Refuges and Precepts, Tiratnavandana, Jayamangalagata, Dhammapalam Gatha and several more.

And as an extra treat, you can also hear some of Chandrabodhi’s ethereal flute songs. Close your eyes, and let the music in…..

Original recording from the Dharmachakra Archives

The College of Public Preceptors
The College of Public Preceptors

Satyaraja and Kamalashila talk about meditation

Posted by Saccanama to The College of Public Preceptors on Wed, 16 Mar, 2016 - 13:27

In the last of our audio interviews from the March 2016 Preceptors’ College meeting, Satyaraja and Kamalashila share some reflections about their personal practice of meditation. It’s a lovely discussion between two people who are dedicated to meditation as a key way to work with the mind and discover more deeply the nature of it. We hear particularly about the devotional aspects of meditation, which is another way into the idea of insight itself. And about meditation retreats - solitary and...

Breaking the Chains
Breaking the chains - buddhist rituals to...

Week 7 - Transference of Merit and Self Surrender

Posted by Bodhidasa to Breaking the chains - buddhist rituals to... on Sun, 23 Aug, 2015 - 06:38

Week 7 - Transference of Merit and Self Surrender

Posted by Bodhidasa to Breaking the chains - buddhist rituals to... on Sun, 23 Aug, 2015 - 06:38

We come to the end of the course and the end of the devotional sequence - Transference of Merit and Self Surrender. Here, in this last stage of the puja, we uncover the secret behind the whole practice.

This short video (7 minutes) is a rough summary of the stages of the puja using a different metaphor - that of climbing a mountain. 

Remember - this week you have been requesting to bring a device with which you can access the internet. We will...

Free Buddhist Audio
Free Buddhist Audio

FBA Podcast: Buddhism and the Language of Myth

Posted by Rijupatha to Free Buddhist Audio on Sat, 4 Jul, 2015 - 11:00

This week’s FBA Podcast entitled “Buddhism and the Language of Myth” is part of the series “Ritual and Devotion in Buddhism” by Sangharakshita. Buddhism is the most rational of religions. But it appeals no less to the heart than to the head, using the language of myth to do so. Examples are four ‘myths’ from the Buddha’s biography, here correlated with four of Jung’s archetypes.

We invite you to join us!
Subscribe to the Free...

Free Buddhist Audio
Free Buddhist Audio

Padmasambhava's Song

Posted by viriyalila to Free Buddhist Audio on Thu, 24 Oct, 2013 - 21:46
Today’s FBA Dharmabyte, “Padmasambhava’s Song,” is an excerpt from the talk “Padmasambhava and the King of Tibet” by Vajratara. Here’s another tour-de-force from Vajratara, looking to approach the great figure of Padmasambhava – the ‘Second Buddha’ – through his famous meeting with the King of Tibet. As ever, a provocative, fully engaged and fully engaging take on the Dharma and the challenges that face us on the Path.

Talk given at Sheffield Buddhist Centre, 2007...
Community Highlights
Community Highlights

The Threefold Puja

The Threefold Puja

Posted by Candradasa to Community Highlights on Thu, 11 Apr, 2013 - 21:04And while we’re at it, here is the Threefold Puja!

This is a shorter compilation of verses composed by Urgyen Sangharakshita for general use in the Triratna Buddhist Community. The Threefold Puja is often performed at Buddhist Centres and on retreat, and it’s a beautifully weighted little text that brings our emotions into play alongside rational understandings of the Buddhist path.

Buy The Triratna Puja Book...
Community Highlights
Community Highlights

The Sevenfold Puja

The Sevenfold Puja

Posted by Candradasa to Community Highlights on Thu, 11 Apr, 2013 - 20:56Another post to mark Triratna’s anniversaries this week. Munisha pointed out that we didn’t have the Sevenfold Puja text as a file on our site. Well we sort of did, but only as a link… Well, offering that kind of thing is something we’ll be able to address much more fully with time (and resources!), but for now this particular instance is easy to rectify! Here’s a version we prepared for the last Urban Retreat, for...