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Spiritual Receptivity Retreat With Vessantara (Adhisthana 2017) - Complete Retreat Recordings

By akasajoti on Mon, 30 Oct, 2017 - 14:21

In August 2017 at Adhisthana, Vessantara continued his exploration of our mandala of spiritual practice with a second, deeper look at Spiritual Receptivity. This retreat focused on Just Sitting, a practice in which we’re open to the whole of our experience which forms a vital balance to structured practice, and is also the centre of the meditative mandala, where everything culminates in an experience which Sangharakshita describes as ‘existential relaxation’.

In this series of sessions, Vessantara weaves input around guided...

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Day 4: Guided Meditation - Sitting In The Mandala (With Amitabha Mantra)

By Centre Team on Thu, 19 Mar, 2015 - 00:08
Another session with Ratnavandana, helping establish where we are in the Mandala and in relation to our heart this morning as we set up for the day by chanting the mantra of Amitabha, the great red Buddha of love and light in the West.

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Day 2: Guided Meditation - Just Sitting (With Amitabha Mantra)

By Centre Team on Mon, 16 Mar, 2015 - 13:24
Ratnavandana lead us through a meditation where we just try to be present with our experience in the context of the mandala of the Five archetypal Buddhas. Today we are invited to sit in the “heart’s natural state” of metta (loving kindness) and to visualise the great tree of the Brahma Viharas.

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Day 1: Sevenfold Puja (With Readings)

By Centre Team on Mon, 16 Mar, 2015 - 11:02
A full puja with some great readings to close the first full day of the retreat. Complete with Ratnavandana’s introduction to ritual as an important element of sitting with the archetypal Buddhas, and a short guided meditation.

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Day 1: Guided Meditation - Just Sitting In the Mandala (With Akshobhya Mantra)

By Centre Team on Sun, 15 Mar, 2015 - 15:44
Ratnavandana lead us through a meditation where we just try to be present with our experience in the context of the mandala of the Five archetypal Buddhas. With an introduction and the mantra of Akshobhya, the blue Buddha of the east…

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Just Sitting with Vessantara

By Candradasa on Sat, 28 Jul, 2012 - 10:05
This is one of those essential listening things. Vessantara on day 3 of the European Chairs’ Assembly helping us explore the rich area of spiritual receptivity and its place in the Triratna system of practice. Much of the day was spent practicing and talking about ‘Just Sitting’. Tune in to hear what we did and see how you might ask the questions about your own experience that can lead to the arising of Insight into the nature of...