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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...

London Buddhist Centre
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...

London Buddhist Centre
London Buddhist Centre

New Spring 2017 Magazine & Programme Out Now

New Spring 2017 Magazine & Programme Out Now

By LDNBuddhist on Thu, 8 Dec, 2016 - 10:58

We’re as pleased as ever to announce a new issue of our magazine, the London Buddhist, and our programme of events for the spring. April will see the anniversary of fifty years of the Triratna Buddhist Community, which we’ll be celebrating at the Centre. That’s accompanied by a fresh range of classes, courses, day events – and of course retreats, at our newly rebuilt Vajrasana retreat centre in Suffolk. We hope you enjoy reading the London Buddhist, and putting a...

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...

London Buddhist Centre
London Buddhist Centre

Urban Retreat - Going Deeper

By LDNBuddhist on Tue, 20 Sep, 2016 - 11:57

Urban Retreat - Going Deeper

By LDNBuddhist on Tue, 20 Sep, 2016 - 11:57

The Urban Retreat gives you opportunity to have a retreat experience in the midst of your daily life. This year, there will be more silence and more meditation, and themed talks.

You can carry on living your normal day-to-day life whilst finding ways to intensify your practice of meditation and Buddhism. We will support you with intensive meditation mornings, a silent day-long retreat, weekday morning meditations, evening classes, dharma talks, yoga, daily text messages and emails. Free, booking essential. Book Here

Programme

Saturday...

London Buddhist Centre
London Buddhist Centre

Open Day at the LBC | September 18th

Open Day at the LBC | September 18th

By LDNBuddhist on Fri, 16 Sep, 2016 - 12:22

Open Day Open House this Sunday the 18th at the LBC!
Bring your friends, flatmates, pets, cakes and grandparents, everybody welcome.

Highlights include:
12pm/Talk: Religion. With Maitreyabandhu
Is Buddhism a religion, a way of life or a philosophy?…… and what does it have to say about god, fundamentalism and faith? Come and find out.
 
1pm/Talk: Democracy. With Saraka
In such a fragile political situation it is easy to fall into polarisation and argument. Is it possible to cultivate...

Triratna Young Buddhists
Triratna Young Buddhists

Welcome Back New Order Members at London Buddhist Centre

By Prajnaketu on Thu, 11 Aug, 2016 - 10:44

Welcome Back New Order Members at London Buddhist Centre

By Prajnaketu on Thu, 11 Aug, 2016 - 10:44

Inspiring short talks from order members recently back from long retreats in Spain.

London Buddhist Centre
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,...

London Buddhist Centre
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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