Speaking on a New Year retreat at Taraloka Samantabhadri explores gratitude: in personal relationships; in response to the universe; and for having received the gift of the Dharma in this lifetime. She includes a sense of lineage and of the spiritual opportunities for women to give and receive.
With inspiring candour, Devamitra speaks from his own experience on the importance of valuing and facing our adversities (duhkha), explaining how that naturally leads into faith, and into the joy of gratitude. He also briefly introduces his new book on his experience as a cross-dressing Buddhist. Excerpted from the talk From Adversity to Gratitude and Beyond given at West London Buddhist Centre, 2016.
As part of our North London Buddhist Centre autumn theme of ‘Solidarity with Self and World’ do join Nandaraja for this Guest Workshop on meditation. You will be introduced to a set of 4 core meditations that inspire and nourish specifically through helping us to nurture our positivity, helping it to flourish and grow. These are the Brahma Viharas or Divine Abodes. Nandaraja is passionate about meditation and has been practising for many...
As a special treat for you all this week as we countdown to #buddhaday we will be releasing a series of dharma reflections and evocations of the Buddha over the coming days…⠀
Today, from the ClearVision archives, we share a talk Sangharakshita gave on Buddha Day in 1999! Sangharakshita reflects on the Buddha’s achievement of Enlightenment, drawing our attention to an often overlooked feature of this great event - the Buddha’s expression of gratitude to the tree that...
Truthfulness has always been very important to me. It’s something which I valued long before I came across the Dharma. So I was quite struck when Vajragupta suggested the opportunity to practice truthfulness when the winds of Praise and Blame are blowing. Praise and Blame are the Worldly winds I notice most in my experience, or perhaps the ones I am blown about by most strongly.
So I started to reflect on this - how might truthfulness help me when...
As well as having an online memorial space to mark the passing of Urgyen Sangharakshita, the founder of the Triratna Buddhist Community and one of the foremost western Buddhists of the 20th Century , we invited people from all around the world to contribute to a Book of Gratitude.
These have now been collated and bound into book form to be kept in the Sangharakshita library at Adhisthana. And now you can read the moving rememberances of Sangharakshita online too.
The deadline for submissions is Friday 30th November, so if you haven’t already, please do share your feelings of gratitude for the life of Urgyen Sangharakshita. To remind you, here are the criteria and means of submission:
Because the book will be professionally bound we ask you to follow these following simple instructions. The page will need to be:
Landscape (wider than it is tall)
Left hand margin of 25mm to allow for binding
Right hand margin 20mm for balance
Send a paper copy Send your handwritten or printed copy to:
If you would like to express your gratitude for Bhante Urgyen Sangharakshita’s life you could give to a project which we know was very dear to Bhante’s heart and currently faces a funding crisis: the editing and publication of his Complete Works.
Bhante Sangharakshita’s wish was to see “a complete, uniform edition” of all his writings, published and unpublished.
Many people’s generous gifts for Bhante’s 90th birthday began to fulfil this wish with the...