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 our FBA Dharmabyte today, “Illumined Imagination,” Maitreyabandhu shares anecdotes from his experience to draw out spiritual principles coming through ordinary experience. The full talk is about Avalokitesvara and was given on the LBC’s Winter Retreat at Sibford, Oxfordshire in December 2010.
By Candradasa on Wed, 26 Feb, 2014 - 17:05The second of our experimental videos today comes from Sam Farquharson, also in the UK. He describes the day event as “Original multi-media theatre to explore the mythic in your life.” This piece written/directed by Sam, in collaboration with writers, film-makers, actors, and musicians associated with the Triratna Buddhist movement, is the creation of a modern day myth set in Bethnal Green, in which the archetypal is exposed in our everyday world.
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 Viryanaga on Tue, 10 Jul, 2012 - 14:38One danger of any spiritual movement is to become respectable - to behave how others expect you to, to fit into the cultural norms of a particular time and place. The Buddha wasn’t respectable - he challenged the conventions of his day, and challenged people to change.
By Viryanaga on Mon, 2 Jul, 2012 - 11:48The most important thing about practising Buddhism is to stick at it, to keep turning up. If you do that imperfectly over the years you’re certain to make progress