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'Just Then Or Not At All'

By Singhamanas on Fri, 13 Jan, 2017 - 11:29

'Just Then Or Not At All'

By Singhamanas on Fri, 13 Jan, 2017 - 11:29

Fifty years ago this April, Sangharakshita founded a new Buddhist movement that was to change the lives of thousands of people. What fostered such unlikely success? Singhamanas on a unique point in history

We already know the story of the Swinging Sixties: LSD, the CND, Beats, Beatles and baby-boomers. Maybe we’re even familiar with the story of Sangharakshita, the founder of the community that the London Buddhist Centre is a part of: the young British signalman going AWOL after...

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London Buddhist Centre

The Endless Knot

By Vishvapani on Thu, 12 Jan, 2017 - 10:36

The Endless Knot

By Vishvapani on Thu, 12 Jan, 2017 - 10:36

2016 was a year of political upheaval in the UK, the USA and beyond. Are things as bad as we think? Should Buddhists get tangled up in it? Vishvapani investigates

Politics matters. I inherited this belief from my father who discovered it one November evening in 1938 when he made his way home from school in Berlin and saw the synagogue at the end of his street in flames while Nazi Brownshirts cheered and firemen stood and watched....

Triratna News
Triratna News

Good news from Lama's Pyjamas

By Munisha on Tue, 3 Jan, 2017 - 12:12

Good news from Lama's Pyjamas

By Munisha on Tue, 3 Jan, 2017 - 12:12

Lama’s Pyjamas, the London Buddhist Centre’s charity shop, this week proudly launches its new website this week - with a fanfare of good news. 

The shop contributed £56,000 (over €66,000 / USD 68,000) in dana to support the work of the LBC in 2016, a new young person will be joining the team come the spring, the premises are now aglow with new lighting and to top it all, this small Triratna Team-Based Right Livelihood business heads into...

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London Buddhist Centre

Buddhist Lives

By Vidyasakhi on Thu, 15 Dec, 2016 - 10:49

Buddhist Lives

By Vidyasakhi on Thu, 15 Dec, 2016 - 10:49

Here’s a piece I wrote for the London Buddhist Centre magazine - enjoy!

At the heart of this Buddhist movement is an Order: men and women putting the Buddha’s teaching at the centre of their lives. What does that look like in 2017? Interviews by Vidyasakhi

Vajrabandhu

I grew up in Kent – Medway Towns, Gillingham to be precise. Predominantly a working class place, a lot of heavy industry traditionally, though Thatcher and her lot put paid to that. That’s why I joined the army: I needed...

Triratna News
Triratna News

New Vajrasana: the first five months

By Munisha on Thu, 20 Oct, 2016 - 15:12

New Vajrasana: the first five months

By Munisha on Thu, 20 Oct, 2016 - 15:12

Two years ago the London Buddhist Centre (LBC) demolished most of Vajrasana, its much loved retreat centre in Suffolk. After a huge redevelopment, the centre ceremonially reopened in May. Watch the ceremony highlights.  

Singhamanas looks back:

“The London Buddhist Centre here in Bethnal Green, east London, had been getting busier year-on-year with most of our classes and retreats oversubscribed. We needed to increase the capacity at Vajrasana so that more people could experience the...

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London Buddhist Centre

Symbolism or Suicide?

By Devamitra on Thu, 4 Aug, 2016 - 14:55

Symbolism or Suicide?

By Devamitra on Thu, 4 Aug, 2016 - 14:55

Young Tibetan monks continue to burn themselves in protest against the Chinese government. There is a well-known historical precedent, but they have misunderstood it. By Devamitra

10am, June 11th, 1963: a 66-year-old monk alights from a car at a busy intersection in central Saigon. A younger monk lifts a large tank from the boot, then takes his senior’s hand as they step into the heart of the junction. Three hundred monks and nuns, none of whom know what is about to happen,...

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London Buddhist Centre

What's the Matter?

By Jnanavaca on Thu, 4 Aug, 2016 - 12:52

What's the Matter?

By Jnanavaca on Thu, 4 Aug, 2016 - 12:52

The physical ‘stuff’ of the universe is not what we take it to be. By Jnanavaca

‘A human being is part of a whole, called by us “Universe”, a part limited in time and space. He experiences himself, his thoughts and feelings as something separated from the rest – a kind of optical delusion of his consciousness. This delusion is a kind of prison for us, restricting us to our personal desires and to the affection for a few persons nearest to

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London Buddhist Centre

Vajrasana Retreat Centre Reviewed in the Guardian

By LDNBuddhist on Tue, 2 Aug, 2016 - 17:52

Vajrasana Retreat Centre Reviewed in the Guardian

By LDNBuddhist on Tue, 2 Aug, 2016 - 17:52

Vajrasana retreat centre review – magnificent, modern Buddhist haven

Read the full article in the Guardian here

“My name is Maitrivajri,” says the lady waiting at the entrance to a smart black barn, deep in the Suffolk countryside. “It means a diamond thunderbolt of universal loving kindness.”

It’s not quite what you expect to encounter on the edge of the sleepy village of Walsham-le-Willows, but then this is no ordinary barn. Since 2000, Potash farm has been home to Vajrasana, the rural outpost of the...

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Some Divinity Shaping our Ends

By Maitreyabandhu on Mon, 1 Aug, 2016 - 12:33

Some Divinity Shaping our Ends

By Maitreyabandhu on Mon, 1 Aug, 2016 - 12:33

The poet Robert Frost had a sense that meaning was to be found neither in the supernatural (God) nor in the intimately psychological (the self), but transcended these distinctions. Maitreyabandhu investigates.

‘The interest, the pastime, was to learn if there had been any divinity shaping my ends and I had been building better than I knew.’

   –  Robert Frost in the preface to a selection of his poems, 1942

Other people’s confidence can astound me. They often seem to know who they are and what...

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London Buddhist Centre

The New Vajrasana Grand Opening Weekend

By Singhamanas on Mon, 9 May, 2016 - 14:19

The New Vajrasana Grand Opening Weekend

By Singhamanas on Mon, 9 May, 2016 - 14:19

Saturday the 28th & Sunday the 29th May
After five years of planning and two years of building work, the new retreat centre is finally opening with a weekend of special events. Both days feature tours of the building and a ritual dedication of the centre. The Public Opening on the 28th will include introductions to meditation and a talk by the architects, while the Sangha Opening on the 29th will focus around an opening ritual led by Subhuti. 
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