By Singhamanas on Tue, 28 Oct, 2014 - 14:02Experiencing the World of Enlightenment: human life is so often driven by consuming what we want, avoiding what we don’t like, and doing our best to ignore the rest. If this is all that motivates us, our world will never be satisfying. How can we live in a better one? Changing our mind changes the world, and the teachings of the Buddha lead to a deepening of our lives. This retreat will explore freedom from our mundane consciousness and help...
By Singhamanas on Wed, 17 Sep, 2014 - 12:00Poet, novelist and critic, John Fuller has published 19 books of poetry. He is an Emeritus Fellow of Magdalen College, Oxford, where for many years he was Tutor in English. His Collected Poems were published in 1996 (Chatto & Windus) and Stones and Fires of the same year won the Forward Prize. His book of poetry criticismWho is Ozymandias? and Other Puzzles in Poetry was published in 2011. His New Selected Poems came out with Chatto in 2012. The...
By Rijupatha on Fri, 11 Apr, 2014 - 15:15Two lovely new talks are now available on Free Buddhist Audio that reflect on the inspiration, friendship, and bond between teacher and student in the spiritual life.
Vandanajyoti speaks about her relationship with Sangharakshita and the deep meaning it has had for her. And Nagabodhi remembers his time with Dhardo Rinpoche in Kalimpong, speaking about what he learned from being in the presence of his teacher’s teacher and friend.
In this sequence of meditation teachings at the London Buddhist Centre, Maitreyabandhu talks about what Buddhist meditation is, as well as providing practical suggestions to help you deepen your meditation practice - looking at receptivity, effort, working with the mind, kindness, courage and the fact you ‘haven’t got a particularly busy mind!’
By lokabandhu on Mon, 24 Jun, 2013 - 05:44Maitreyabandhu - one of Triratna’s most successful poets - writes to say - “I’m finally launching my first collection of poems The Crumb Road, on Thursday 27th June, 7.30pm, at the London Buddhist Centre. The book has taken me 7 years to put together: although I’ve published poems, including pamphlets of poems, before this is my first full-length collection – it’s a bit like bringing out your first album after having released some promising singles!
By lokabandhu on Fri, 19 Apr, 2013 - 11:31Lama’s Pyjamas is the London Buddhist Centre’s ‘Right Livelihood’ charity shop in the East End of London. They’ve just celebrated a record year, and Claudine, one of its founders, writes with the good news. She says - “Headline: This year Lama’s Pyjamas made £117,166 gross profit and a net profit of £44,500. This along with gift aid in the region of £12,000 means that our dana to the LBC this year is £56,000. She continues...
By lokabandhu on Sun, 25 Nov, 2012 - 07:50Manjusiha writes from the London Buddhist Centre with news of the forthcoming publication of his novel, ‘Whatever Happened to Harold Absalon?’, published under his civil name of Simon Okotie. It’s due to be launched on the evening of Saturday 1 December at a special ‘Poetry East’ event - Poetry East being the LBC’s new poetry venue showcasing the work of well-known contemporary poets, exploring the relationship between poetry and spiritual life.
By lokabandhu on Wed, 20 Jun, 2012 - 06:05Padmalila writes from Lama’s Pyjamas in London - a charity shop attached to Triratna’s London Buddhist Centre - with news of their remarkable success in raising money for Vajrasana, the LBC’s retreat centre in Suffolk. She says - “At our recent Buddha Day festival Claudine presented a giant cheque for £27 thousand pounds to the London Buddhist Centre on behalf of Lama’s Pyjamas.
This is the profit we made last year and it will make a...
By Viryanaga on Tue, 22 May, 2012 - 22:52These meditation days are an opportunity to retreat in the city for a days’ practice and connection. With meditation, periods of silence and shared lunch. A great way to spend your Saturday.
10am-5pm. For regular meditators who know both practices. Bring vegetarian lunch to share. Suggested donation £15.
By Viryanaga on Tue, 22 May, 2012 - 22:51Explore your body and feeling experience as an aid to meditation, in relation to self and other. With exercises in becoming present to yourself in the moment, active listening, sensory awareness, meditation and discussion.
10am-5pm. Open to all, but you need to book. Bring vegetarian lunch to share. £25/£20. Led by Atula.