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Great Faith, Great Wisdom Retreat, 2017 - day 4

By jvalamalini on Wed, 13 Sep, 2017 - 13:22

Great Faith, Great Wisdom Retreat, 2017 - day 4

By jvalamalini on Wed, 13 Sep, 2017 - 13:22

Today we focused on the very beautiful descriptions of the beings in the happy land of Sukhavati. In many ways these are my favourite sections of the sutra; I’ve spent happy meditations in the past basking in the golden light as I imagined being amidst great beings with “minds of equality, minds of loving-kindness, gentle minds, affectionate minds, diligent minds, clear minds, stable minds, unhindered minds, unshaken minds, unagitated minds, minds which practise the perfection of wisdom” who stroll around...

Bristol Buddhist Centre
Bristol Buddhist Centre

Great Faith, Great Wisdom Retreat, 2017 - day 3

By jvalamalini on Tue, 12 Sep, 2017 - 09:04

Great Faith, Great Wisdom Retreat, 2017 - day 3

By jvalamalini on Tue, 12 Sep, 2017 - 09:04

Another beautiful day in the pure land!  On my way home, I sighed - “oh it’s all so lovely!”.

Today our sutra reading was sections of the text describing the land of Sukhavati, which is the Dharma aspect of the text. (Yesterday focused more on the Buddha - including beautiful descriptions of bodhisattva activity)

I found the description of the river particularly beguiling - the sound of the river is both soothing, and conveys the Dharma. It conveys the Dharma by murmuring the only,...

Bristol Buddhist Centre
Bristol Buddhist Centre

Great Faith, Great Wisdom Retreat, 2017 - day 2

By jvalamalini on Mon, 11 Sep, 2017 - 08:27

Great Faith, Great Wisdom Retreat, 2017 - day 2

By jvalamalini on Mon, 11 Sep, 2017 - 08:27

My day started with double meditation by our very golden shrine. I appreciated the time to just sit with some of the phrases which resonated with me from yesterday’s readings of the shorter Sukhavativuyha sutra. Sitting with “heartfelt desire”, exploring the associated sensations, and ‘objects’ of desire; and with a sense of “embraced by all the Buddhas”; and the connection between the two. It felt rich and fruitful.

Ratnaguna gave a fascinating talk, showing us resonances between the Sukhavativuyha sutras and two late Pali suttas...

Triratna News
Triratna News

Drumroll please for the latest edition of Urthona Buddhist Arts Magazine

By Charlotte Lawes on Mon, 17 Apr, 2017 - 09:10

Drumroll please for the latest edition of Urthona Buddhist Arts Magazine

By Charlotte Lawes on Mon, 17 Apr, 2017 - 09:10

Make sure you get your hands on the latest edition of Urthona Buddhist Arts Magazine, to be released in May. Issue 33, The Friendship Issue, is set to be a real delight - with treats from Sahajatara, Maitreyabandhu, Ratnagarbha, Amitajyoti and more.

Editor Ratnagarbha writes “Friendship is being talked about again. But do we really know what it is? And what really has it got to do with the arts – for haven’t artists, after all, always been eccentric loners who bordered...

Online Meditators
Online Meditators

Imagining The Word

By Candradasa on Mon, 13 Jun, 2016 - 16:18

Imagining The Word

By Candradasa on Mon, 13 Jun, 2016 - 16:18

This week we’ll be continuing our informal exploration of the role of imagination in Dharma practice - in meditation itself, and in looking at how we respond to whatever arises via the mind and the five senses through the course of our days.

As ever we’ll sit together, we’ll talk and share what moves us. You’re also invited to bring with you any piece of writing that has inspired your own spiritual life. It could be a poem, a passage from literature, a...

Portsmouth Buddhist Center
Portsmouth Buddhist Center

Imagining The Word - Sangha Morning June 12th at the PBC

By Candradasa on Wed, 8 Jun, 2016 - 19:39

Imagining The Word - Sangha Morning June 12th at the PBC

By Candradasa on Wed, 8 Jun, 2016 - 19:39

This Sunday – 10am-12pm – at the Portsmouth Buddhist Center we’ll be continuing our informal exploration of the role of imagination in Dharma practice - in meditation itself, and in looking at how we respond to whatever arises via the mind and the five senses through the course of our days.

As ever we’ll sit together, we’ll talk and share what moves us. You’re also invited to bring with you any piece of writing that has inspired your own spiritual life. It...

Portsmouth Buddhist Center
Portsmouth Buddhist Center

Community Sundays - Imagining Your Practice

By Candradasa on Fri, 3 Jun, 2016 - 21:54

Community Sundays - Imagining Your Practice

By Candradasa on Fri, 3 Jun, 2016 - 21:54

The role of imagination in our Dharma practice is crucial but can generally be under-explored and even under-appreciated in the face of all the things we think we’re supposed to be doing. Whether you’re meditating, or trying to engage with the thorny issues that arise in just trying to apply mindfulness and loving kindness in your life every day, bringing an active imaginative element to practice can make all the difference when it comes to keeping things vital and deeply inspiring. 

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European Chairs' Assembly
European Chairs' Assembly

Ratnaguna - Three Talks On The Pureland

By Centre Team on Wed, 13 Jan, 2016 - 00:09

Ratnaguna - Three Talks On The Pureland

By Centre Team on Wed, 13 Jan, 2016 - 00:09

A new three-part series from Ratnaguna introduces the Pureland texts as a practice in themselves, and discusses their relationship to Sangharakshita’s core teachings. 

In the first talk Ratnaguna takes us on an excellent exploration of imagination itself, essential for understanding the sutras on their own terms. The second talk discusses how the texts hint at what Sangharakshita calls the supra-personal force of the Bodhichitta. The third talk is on the importance of sangha in the sutras and its relevance...

Free Buddhist Audio
Free Buddhist Audio

FBA podcast: Heart of Darkness

By Rijupatha on Sat, 17 May, 2014 - 15:08

FBA podcast: Heart of Darkness

By Rijupatha on Sat, 17 May, 2014 - 15:08In celebration of the Buddha’s Enlightenment, our FBA Podcast today is titled “Heart of Darkness” from the London Buddhist Centre’s Buddha Day Festival a few years back. Inspiring stuff, despite it’s title! An honest, heartfelt talk from the author of “Meaning in Life,” Sarvananda.

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Free Buddhist Audio

Bhante – Poetry, Myth And Imagination

By Rijupatha on Sun, 30 Mar, 2014 - 20:58

Bhante – Poetry, Myth And Imagination

By Rijupatha on Sun, 30 Mar, 2014 - 20:58Our FBA Podcast this week, “Bhante – Poetry, Myth And Imagination,” is a talk by Dhammadinna given on the Rainy Season Retreat at Manchester Buddhist Centre on Wednesday 19th February 2014. Dhammadinna speaks about Sangharakshita and his emphasis on Imagination as a key to the spiritual life.

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