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FBA Podcast: Sangharakshita – Reading Poems About Friendship

By Rijupatha on Sat, 28 Nov, 2015 - 11:00

We’ve been inspired to share poems by Bhante Sangharakshita this month. Our FBA Podcast today is an unusual, early, talk from Sankharakshita which will be new to most people. “Sangharakshita – Reading Poems About Friendship”. Bhante was invited by the Croydon Arts Centre, in 1990, to choose, discuss and read poems about friendship. His selection ranges from the Epic of Gilgamesh to 20th century poets and clearly shows Sangharakshitas love of poetry and...

Buddhist Centre Features
Buddhist Centre Features

Goodbye From Mexico (Adios de México)

By Candradasa on Sun, 1 Nov, 2015 - 20:36

This is our final podcast from the 2015 Pan-American Convention here at Chintamani Retreat Centre in Mexico. We hear from Amala, Jnanadakini, Lokeshvara, Paramachitta, and Shantinayaka - 4 of whom are Order Conveners for the Triratna Buddhist Order - about how they they think it’s gone and the highlights they’ll be carrying back home.

Con traducción en Español.

Listen out for more Buddhist Voices, mantras, and inetrviews from the wider Triratna community in Mexico, coming soon in this space, and on Soundcloud...

Buddhist Centre Features
Buddhist Centre Features

Prasadachitta - Whirlpools and Clear Water

By Candradasa on Fri, 30 Oct, 2015 - 23:59

Prasadachitta’s talk is like a beautiful stillness amid the whirl of a full Order Convention. His conversational style gradually brings forth the depth of reflection behind it. And the integrity of his personal practice bubbles easily to the surface when, with humility and good humour, he shares his own experience of working across two very human tendencies that have a bearing on friendship. 

His evocation of the river - now full of whirlpools as it flows through the ‘Neurotaloka’, now becalmed as...

Buddhist Centre Features
Buddhist Centre Features

Lokeshvara - Five Thoughts On Friendship As A Spritual Path

By Candradasa on Thu, 29 Oct, 2015 - 22:55

Lokeshvara in lovely form, as befits his subject, sharing some thoughts around the idea of friendship (specifically kalyana mitrata in the Buddhist tradition) as a full spiritual path in and of itself. 

His five perspectives go easily beyond any cliches about the importance of friendship. What we get instead is a deeply felt and considered, always sympathetic and practical look at what it takes to transform ourselves by being a friend to others. 

To locate the practice in the Triratna Buddhist Order he draws...

Buddhist Centre Features
Buddhist Centre Features

Kalyana Mitrata Mantra In The Rain

By Candradasa on Thu, 29 Oct, 2015 - 00:54

As part of a meditation evoking the path of friendship and lineage, members of the Triratna Buddhist Order chant the ‘kalyana mitrata’ mantra in a rainstorm at Chintamani Retreat Centre in Mexico.

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Buddhist Voices - Danadasa & Prasadachitta on San Francisco, Consciousness, and Friendship

By Candradasa on Wed, 28 Oct, 2015 - 22:53

We continue to celebrate the diversity of those attending the 2015 Triratna Buddhist Order Pan-American Convention in Mexico with two close friends from San Francisco. The theme of the Convention is friendship itself as a whole path of practice, and this is a pleasing ramble with two Californians taking in topics as diverse as the tech boom in San Francisco, the nature of interpretative understanding, and how beautiful it is to sit in a garden as part of a Buddhist...

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Buddhist Centre Features

Viriyakirti - La Lluvia del Dharma (Revisada)

By Candradasa on Wed, 28 Oct, 2015 - 05:28

Introducing the theme of kalyana mitrata - the Buddhist idea of beautiful friendship as a full spiritual path - Viriyakirti, the newest and youngest Order member in Latin America, revisits Urgyen Sangharakshita’s celebrated talk The Rain of the Dharma as a basis for looking at what makes friendship a practice in itself…

Una charla en Español y en Inglés.

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Community Highlights
Community Highlights

International Women's Day talks from the Manchester Buddhist Centre: 2/2

By Munisha on Mon, 17 Aug, 2015 - 17:56

International Women's Day talks from the Manchester Buddhist Centre: 2/2

By Munisha on Mon, 17 Aug, 2015 - 17:56

From Clear Vision, Taravandana’s workshop ‘Bringing Out the Best in Us - Friendship in the Spiritual Life’, given to mark International Women’s Day in March 2015; the second of three public presentations given at the Manchester Buddhist Centre for IWD.

This 16-minute video represents a longer workshop consisting of a talk with breaks for discussion.

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Clear Vision Trust

Taravandana - Bringing Out the Best in Us - Friendship in the Spiritual Life

By Amaradaya on Mon, 3 Aug, 2015 - 12:16

Taravandana - Bringing Out the Best in Us - Friendship in the Spiritual Life

By Amaradaya on Mon, 3 Aug, 2015 - 12:16

Taravandana gives a workshop (a talk with pauses for discusssion) for International Women’s Day 2015 at the Manchester Buddhist Centre.

Earth Metta Sangha
Earth Metta Sangha

Sangha Day rejoicings

By Christine on Sun, 9 Nov, 2014 - 14:01

Sangha Day rejoicings

By Christine on Sun, 9 Nov, 2014 - 14:01I rejoice with delight in the Karaniya Metta Kula!

Formerly the Buddhism and Ecology group, the Metta Kula is a shelter of friendships, in which sangha members can come together to discuss difficult topics of contemporary politics, socio-economic injustices, and concern for the environment and other beings. For modern Buddhists, tremendous opportunities for growth, altruism and sangha building can be found in responding creatively to the environmental crisis.

As a shelter in which individuals are supported to face...

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