Vancouver Buddhist Centre has been dependent on the generosity of its pledgers for many years. Sadly, it was financially impossible to keep the doors open during the pandemic. Placing all their belongings in storage and letting go of the physical centre. Losing many of their pledgers, as well as, income from classes and retreats in the process.
“For my oh-so 6th decade birthday, I want to raise $1000 for every year I have completed on this planet. This amount will
Do you want to live this year with deeper meaning and purpose?
To develop more kindness, with others.. for others..
and move beyond ways that limit you?
For over fourty years people in our community have choosen to deepen their practice by joining a Karuna fundraising appeal team. Many have said that doing an appeal was one of the most significant and transformative times of their dharma lives.
Fundraising as a spiritual practice means remembering to open to what’s alive in each moment, meeting fear with metta...
When the pandemic struck, Triratna had a well-developed web platform ready to go…
Throughout Covid, the Dharma Toolkit on Buddhist Centre Online has become an inspiring practice home for many thousands of people around the world. All our live events are available instantly to everyone on all devices. But our small team of dedicated web developers can’t meet the massive demand for digital Dharma. Over 50% of web use is now on phones, but with all our pandemic work...
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’).
Buddhist generosity is ideally ongoing all the time, a simple application of our ethical principles - a flow of time, energy, money, and so on, in the direction of your heart-felt values. Giving is one of the key practices of a Buddhist, and one of the delights of the Spiritual Community. Ratnaghosha evokes how this is an area of activity that is crucial to an effective practice of the Dharma and the living of the Bodhisattva life.
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?
Jvalamalini introduces us to Vasakha, a generous laywoman disciple of the Buddha. Her story from the early sangha is about the Buddhist attitude to wealth and about the effects of generosity on the donor.
Offered by Alobhin, Ambaranta, Nagadipa and friends
This retreat is open to all who have an interest in celebrating and exploring generosity, practicing together as an International community and rejoicing in Triratna Volunteers. It is y/our opportunity to explore and celebrate the myriad ways generosity...
By Free Buddhist Audio on Mon, 28 Sep, 2020 - 14:00
A Bodhisattva is the ultimate treasure-seeker, searching for the Chintamani, the wish-fulfilling jewel, which gives all beings that which they truly desire.
But how does a Bodhisattva find this gem and what do they do once they have found it? Sadayasihi explores the nature of compassion and how generosity can be both a means of expressing, as well as cultivating, compassion.
After all, a Bodhisattva would never keep the Chintamani for themselves…