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Freed from the Burning House

By Caroline I P on Wed, 3 Jan, 2024 - 10:30

Freed from the Burning House

By Caroline I P on Wed, 3 Jan, 2024 - 10:30

It can effect your dream life, it can effect your meditation, it can effect your life. If you really enter into the imaginative, dream world of the Lotus Sutra, it starts to affect how you experience the world around you.

Ratnaghosha on the White Lotus Sutra.

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Dharmabytes: The Clinging is the Self

By Centre Team on Thu, 21 Dec, 2023 - 11:00

Drawing on her experience as a poet, Varasahaya discusses creativity, imagination, and the writing process as a spiritual practice. She reads some of her poems, and explains the process by which they came to birth, and what she learnt about letting go of self as she grappled with writing. Excerpted from the talk Writing As Spiritual Practice given at West London Buddhist Centre, 2017.

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Dharmabytes: Opening Up

By Centre Team on Mon, 18 Dec, 2023 - 11:00

Paramananda explore the relevance of alchemical thinking to meditation practice. Excerpted from the talk Opening Up the Imagination, the eighth in a series called The Alchemical Heart given at West London Buddhist Centre, 2018.

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Dharmabytes: Looking for the Historical Buddha

By Centre Team on Thu, 14 Dec, 2023 - 11:00

Vishvapani traces his own relationship to the Buddha, from early family connections arising out of the turmoil of war to his experience of writing the book itself. In doing so he explores the tricky work of trying to engage with the imagination constrained and disciplined by the historical evidence. What emerges from his work with the Pali texts is a portrait of the Buddha and his world where it’s impossible to miss the vital sense of a...

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Dharmabytes: Essentialness of Right View

By Centre Team on Mon, 11 Dec, 2023 - 11:00

Vidyamala shares ways to bring an imaginative approach to mindfulness practice. Excerpted from the talk entitled Mindfulness and the Imagination given at Rivendell as part of the series An Exploration of the Satipatthana Sutta, 2018.

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FBA Podcast: Meeting the Buddha Through Imagination

By Centre Team on Sat, 9 Dec, 2023 - 11:00

The Buddha lived 2,500 years ago, so how can we meet him and open ourselves to the inspiration and resources that come from him?  Through imagination we can cultivate the capacity to meet the Buddha on an archetypal level.  This can have a powerful effect, karmically speaking.  We all have - and use - our imagination all the time, even if we don’t realise it!  We just need to learn how to ‘use it’ rather than having it ‘use us’...

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Dharmabytes: The Whole Person Growing in All Directions

By Centre Team on Thu, 7 Dec, 2023 - 11:00

Maitreyabandhu shares his reflections on the role of the imagination in the spiritual life. Drawing on his experience as an artist, poet and Buddhist practitioner. Excerpted from the talk A Further Reach - Imagination and the Radical given at Croydon Buddhist Centre, 2011.

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Dharmabytes: Recognizing the Truth

By Centre Team on Thu, 10 Aug, 2023 - 11:00

Amaraghosha explores the mystery of spiritual rebirth in relation to sraddha and the imagination, using stories and quotes.
Excerpted from the talk The Mystery of Spiritual Rebirth given at Croydon Buddhist Centre, 2016.

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Insight and Imagination: Meditating on the Vimalakirti Nirdesa

By Caroline I P on Thu, 10 Aug, 2023 - 10:30

Insight and Imagination: Meditating on the Vimalakirti Nirdesa

By Caroline I P on Thu, 10 Aug, 2023 - 10:30

On this retreat Vessantara will guide us through practices that will penetrate to the the wisdom at the heart of this text. Through symbols and imagery we will bring about a mystic marriage of insight and imagination.

So, how do you practise a Mahayana sutra? Can you take it deep into your being, so that it’s vision affects your whole life?

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Mindfulness and Imagination

By Centre Team on Sat, 5 Aug, 2023 - 15:15

“If the doors of perception were cleansed, we would see the world as it really is – infinite.” William Blake

If you enjoy this conversation, come explore the theme online on our Home Retreat with Vishvapani and Vidyamala! Join Entering the Mandala: Mindfulness and Imagination, September 1-7

This week we’re opening portals to awareness and the wonders that can arise when we really start to pay attention to everything that’s going on in the world around us. What would it be like...

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