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Make Room For Fun (The Dharma Toolkit Daily, Episode 21)

By Centre Team on Wed, 29 Apr, 2020 - 00:07

Pleasure is a thing that also needs accomplishing…

from The Word by Tony Hoagland

Today’s episode of the Dharma Toolkit asks a collection of fabulous guests how we can meet the deep and urgently serious aspects of life and of the current times without jettisoning a similarly vital human sense of fun, pleasure, play, spontaneity, creativity – even joy. 

From painting with a beautiful thrash metal soundtrack on as ecstatic backdrop, to re-watching favourite TV shows, to going for a walk in familiar...

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Reflections on Mudita - Being Divine Online home retreat

By Maitrisiddhi on Mon, 27 Apr, 2020 - 11:04

Reflections on Mudita - Being Divine Online home retreat

By Maitrisiddhi on Mon, 27 Apr, 2020 - 11:04

Hi everyone, hope you’re enjoying your explorations of the Brahma Viharas - I am!  Here’s a few of my reflections on Mudita.  Somehow I feel like this is the Brahma Vihara I always forget about, and every time I rediscover it, I find it so delightful I wonder why! 

Ratnavandana and I would have been running ’Living in the Mandala: The Brahma Viharas’ retreat at Taraloka this very week (April 2020) - I’m so pleased it can happen in another form. ...

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A Day So Happy - Being Divine Online Home Retreat: Day 4

By Sadayasihi on Mon, 27 Apr, 2020 - 08:31

A Day So Happy - Being Divine Online Home Retreat: Day 4

By Sadayasihi on Mon, 27 Apr, 2020 - 08:31

A good few years ago I remember watching a film on TV with my sister. We generally don’t like the same type of films - and this one was a dance movie, not my favourite genre - so my attention was phasing in and out. But somewhere in the midst of the seeming silliness of the plot (a middle aged lawyer, played by Richard Gere, finds a dance teacher, Jennifer Lopez, and his life turns around for the better) something caught my...

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Welcome - Being Divine Online Home Retreat: Day 1

By Sadayasihi on Fri, 24 Apr, 2020 - 11:20

Welcome - Being Divine Online Home Retreat: Day 1

By Sadayasihi on Fri, 24 Apr, 2020 - 11:20

As the end of another week approaches, it’s always a good moment to take stock of things. It’s the end of yet another week of lockdown for many of us across the world - another week of re-adjusting to the new normal: of social distancing but increasing online connection. And it’s vital in making that transition that we bring all the Dharmic tools we can with us so that our online connections are rich and satisfying.

So for this home retreat...

North London Buddhist Centre
North London Buddhist Centre

Metta Day on Sunday

By Ratnaprabha on Thu, 23 Apr, 2020 - 11:40

Metta Day on Sunday

By Ratnaprabha on Thu, 23 Apr, 2020 - 11:40

Metta Day with Karunagita & Maitrisambhava

This Sunday 26 April, a free day, but you need to book, and please donate if you can, £30 suggested.

A nourishing day retreat at home, immersed in metta, the intention of friendliness, kindness or unconditional love. During the day Maitrisambhava and Karunagita will lead four online sessions of about an hour using Zoom. Meditation, gentle bodywork, teaching and discussion, also touching on Karuna (compassion) and Mudita (joy). These sessions will...

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Dharmabyte: The Sheer Amazement of Joy

By Sadayasihi on Thu, 20 Dec, 2018 - 11:00

Today’s FBA Dharmabyte is called The Sheer Amazement of Joy. Garavachitta explores The Seven Moods of the Puja as a devotional journey, in this excerpt we hear his thoughts on the Rejoicing in Merits section.

This talk reflects on the stages of the journey and how we can enter it more deeply. Given at the Manchester Buddhist Centre at Triratna Night on 28 September 2015.

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Lights In The Sky - Buddhist Media
Lights In The Sky - Buddhist Media

Subhuti brings joy

By Suryaprabha on Thu, 22 Nov, 2018 - 19:25

Subhuti brings joy

By Suryaprabha on Thu, 22 Nov, 2018 - 19:25

For Bhante’s funeral I was filming from very far back, almost in the weather, but I liked the compositions. 

Portsmouth Buddhist Center
Portsmouth Buddhist Center

Opening to Amazement and Joy as a Condition for Insight

By Candradasa on Thu, 20 Sep, 2018 - 14:09

Opening to Amazement and Joy as a Condition for Insight

By Candradasa on Thu, 20 Sep, 2018 - 14:09

Week 4 of Our Fall Series: Being With Ourselves, Knowing Ourselves – How To Hold Our Experience In A Complicated World

Sunday, September 23, 9.30am-12pm
This week we will continue our exploration of Spiritual Receptivity as part of our new season for fall at the PBC. Shraddhavani is our host and guide this week as we approach the whole practice of spiritual openness from a different angle. So often we speak of training our...

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Free Buddhist Audio

Dharmabyte: The Sea As Spiritual Death

By Sadayasihi on Mon, 14 May, 2018 - 13:14

This Dharmabyte podcast, ‘The Sea As Spiritual Death’, is an excerpt from a talk of the same name by Arthabandhu who explores the image of the sea and the raft.  We hold onto our raft, but this brings suffering - can we let go, enter the sea and become spiritually reborn? This is the question Arthabandhu asks us.

Spiritual death does not only mean esoteric meditation practices, it means confronting the vagaries and difficulties of life with...

Portsmouth Buddhist Center
Portsmouth Buddhist Center

Community Morning - Soaring, Resonating

By Candradasa on Thu, 30 Jun, 2016 - 20:38

Community Morning - Soaring, Resonating

By Candradasa on Thu, 30 Jun, 2016 - 20:38

This week we’ll be continuing our exploration of the role of imagination in Dharma practice - using the Brahma Viharas series of meditations as a basis for looking at how we respond to whatever arises via the mind and the five senses through the course of our days.

Mudita (‘sympathetic joy’) is an attitude to others we can cultivate anytime. The quality we’re looking for can be rendered as a “joyful resonance”. The image is of the lark ascending, the...

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