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Bristol Buddhist Centre
Bristol Buddhist Centre

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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Bristol Buddhist Centre
Bristol Buddhist Centre

Day 1: Introduction to the Brahma Viharas (With Guided Meditation)

By Centre Team on Mon, 16 Mar, 2015 - 10:44
A beautiful introduction by Ratnavandana to the Brahma Viharas as an integrated set of practices flowing from metta - loving kindness. Her central image is that of a tree, deep rooted and spreading its canopy wide as she evokes a profound, personal connection to the cultivation of the ‘sublime abodes’: loving kindness, compassion, joy with others, and equanimity.

Ratnavandana also leads a guided meditation on cultivating a connection to the Brahma Viharas.

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Bristol Buddhist Centre
Bristol Buddhist Centre

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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Portsmouth Buddhist Center
Portsmouth Buddhist Center

Spiritual Receptivity and Just Sitting

By Candradasa on Tue, 16 Oct, 2012 - 13:40
We’ve been touching throughout the ‘Religion Without God’ series on the idea of working in meditation to get a feel for a ‘space’ or ‘gap’ between the arising of a feeling (in response to what we take in via the senses) and our emotional/volitional response (liking, not liking, etc.). Vessantara is pretty wonderful on this kind of ‘spiritual receptivity’ work, looking to see what is present in our experience and learning how to attend to it...
Community Highlights
Community Highlights

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...

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