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The Urban Retreat 2015 - November 21-28
The Urban Retreat 2015 - November 21-28

Thank you - And Help Us Do It Again!

By mokshini on Sat, 28 Nov, 2015 - 15:00

Thank you - And Help Us Do It Again!

By mokshini on Sat, 28 Nov, 2015 - 15:00

The Urban Retreat 2015 has now come to an end. Thank you for taking part and helping make it such an inspiring week! We really hope you have enjoyed the contributions and resources posted on this site - may they be of benefit for a long time to come…

If you have enjoyed the retreat and benefitted from the Dharma materials provided, please help us do it again! You can easlily do that by donating to the online dana bowl on our Just...

The Urban Retreat 2015 - November 21-28
The Urban Retreat 2015 - November 21-28

Keeping The Dragons In Mind

By Candradasa on Sat, 28 Nov, 2015 - 02:28

Keeping The Dragons In Mind

By Candradasa on Sat, 28 Nov, 2015 - 02:28

This is a blog based on notes for a short talk I gave here on the New Hampshire Seacoast to help launch the Urban Retreat. It was supposed to be about internationality in our spiritual community and the conditions that support it. I hope, in the end, it was.

I’ve been working a lot of late. It’s an amazing privilege - one I’d do well to recall at every opportunity - to get to travel around the Triratna world...

The Urban Retreat 2015 - November 21-28
The Urban Retreat 2015 - November 21-28

Introductory Talk: Parami - Living In The Greater Mandala

By parami on Fri, 20 Nov, 2015 - 12:15

Introductory Talk: Parami - Living In The Greater Mandala

By parami on Fri, 20 Nov, 2015 - 12:15

Parami gives the introductory talk for the 2015 Triratna International Urban Retreat live in Adelaide, Australia. Her theme - and the theme of the whole retreat - is ‘Living in the Greater Mandala’, and she brings this alive in the most human, poetic, and inspired of ways.

Her range is broad as she evokes the mandala itself, and the profound, playful path of the Bodhisattva. Calling forth Rumi and Hafiz, the great Buddhist Perfection of Wisdom texts, Keats, Yeats, Robert...

The Urban Retreat 2015 - November 21-28
The Urban Retreat 2015 - November 21-28

Where To Find What on the Urban Retreat space

By mokshini on Mon, 26 Oct, 2015 - 21:01

Where To Find What on the Urban Retreat space

By mokshini on Mon, 26 Oct, 2015 - 21:01

You’ll see above, under the image, there are seven sub-menu tabs: 

about: This is the page you should land on the first time you come to the Urban Retreat space. It contains links to useful pages that you may want to read initially - How to take part in the Urban Retreat; More on the Theme; the Urban Retreat Programme;  the Metta Wave; and so on. 

retreat materials: Here you can find the daily short talks, the guided meditations, and the mantras...

The Urban Retreat 2015 - November 21-28
The Urban Retreat 2015 - November 21-28

Welcome to the Metta Wave!

By mokshini on Sun, 25 Oct, 2015 - 14:57

Welcome to the Metta Wave!

By mokshini on Sun, 25 Oct, 2015 - 14:57

On Saturday November 21st many of the Triratna Centres and practice groups participating in the Urban Retreat will stop what they are doing around 4pm and take part in a metta wave - a wave of Metta Bhavana (Development of Loving Kindness meditation rolling around the planet. It will start in Australia and will spread across the globe over the course of the day: crossing Europe, reaching the East Coast of the USA, and finally ending...

The Urban Retreat 2015 - November 21-28
The Urban Retreat 2015 - November 21-28

A Meditation For The Metta Wave

By mokshini on Sun, 25 Oct, 2015 - 14:56

A Meditation For The Metta Wave

By mokshini on Sun, 25 Oct, 2015 - 14:56

At 4pm on Saturday November 21 all participants of the International Urban retreat 2015 are invited to take part in a practice of the Metta Bhavana - the Development of Loving Kindness meditation.  

We suggest you practice this traditional meditation practice a little differently to how it is normally done.

Stage 1: Start by getting in contact with a heartfelt wish for well being and happiness for yourself

Stage 2: Then extend your metta, your goodwill and wish for their happiness, to  a good friend

Stage 3: In...

The Urban Retreat 2015 - November 21-28
The Urban Retreat 2015 - November 21-28

Living In The Greater Mandala - More On The Theme

By mokshini on Sat, 24 Oct, 2015 - 15:21

Living In The Greater Mandala - More On The Theme

By mokshini on Sat, 24 Oct, 2015 - 15:21

How can we live with a greater sense of appreciation and more of a non-utilitarian attitude to life? How can we let our life be transformed by beauty, nature, friendship, appreciation and love? How can we learn to live a live that is more spacious and happy and engage our energies with what we value most – rather than swinging between a narrow and tense driven-ness and just collapsing on the sofa, blobbing out mindlessly with drink, facebook, or any other distraction,...

The Urban Retreat 2015 - November 21-28
The Urban Retreat 2015 - November 21-28

How To Take Part In An Urban Retreat - Read This First...

By mokshini on Sat, 17 Oct, 2015 - 22:24

How To Take Part In An Urban Retreat - Read This First...

By mokshini on Sat, 17 Oct, 2015 - 22:24

There are about 45 Triratna Buddhist Centres around the world – from Adelaide in Australia to Moscow in Russia, Seattle in the USA to Glasgow in Scotland – running the Urban Retreat this year. They will all start with a day retreat that sets the scene on Saturday 21st November and end on Saturday 28th November. The day retreats give the participants the opportunity to clarify what they want to get out of the week and set their aims. Buddhist Centres might...