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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...

London Buddhist Centre
London Buddhist Centre

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...

Clear Vision Trust
Clear Vision Trust

The New Vajrasana Retreat Centre

By Amaradaya@Clear... on Wed, 6 Jul, 2016 - 13:50

The New Vajrasana Retreat Centre

By Amaradaya@Clear... on Wed, 6 Jul, 2016 - 13:50

The London Buddhist Centre launches its new improved retreat Centre in Suffolk 

London Buddhist Centre
London Buddhist Centre

Brief Highlights from the Vajrasana Grand Opening Ritual

By Singhamanas on Fri, 10 Jun, 2016 - 13:18

Brief Highlights from the Vajrasana Grand Opening Ritual

By Singhamanas on Fri, 10 Jun, 2016 - 13:18

Subhuti ceremonially cutting the ribbons to the temple precinct, procession, circumambulation and enshrinement of Dhardo Rimpoche’s ashes in the new Stupa.

London Buddhist Centre
London Buddhist Centre

Cafés Challenge - The Big Day & A Big Thank You - We Raised Over £4K!

By Singhamanas on Thu, 12 May, 2016 - 16:04

Cafés Challenge - The Big Day & A Big Thank You - We Raised Over £4K!

By Singhamanas on Thu, 12 May, 2016 - 16:04

On Saturday 23rd April firends Jnanavaca & Maitreyabandhu visited 3 cafés, drank 3 hot beverages, ate 3 pieces of cake, each, and raised over £4,000 for the New Vajrasana Retreat Centre! 

You can see the exact amount along with all the witty wonderful messages of support here: https://www.justgiving.com/3cafeschallenge

The final video of the Big Day shows the adventure itself along with their final reflections on the Challenge. You can watch it here (https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLwt81mQ8kjRN-zdK_u3Ml4ryitj8EU2j-), (and do watch...

London Buddhist Centre
London Buddhist Centre

Beautiful New Video Portrait of Life on Retreat at Adhisthana

By Singhamanas on Wed, 11 May, 2016 - 10:30

Beautiful New Video Portrait of Life on Retreat at Adhisthana

By Singhamanas on Wed, 11 May, 2016 - 10:30

Everything is going to be alright

Filmed during the ten-day winter retreat at Adhisthana, Herefordshire, UK. Featuring ‘The Dawn Chorus’ by Derek Mahon. With thanks to Poppie Skold, the London Buddhist Centre and to all those who appear in the film.

www.lbc.org.uk

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London Buddhist Centre
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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London Buddhist Centre
London Buddhist Centre

Rewilding the Mind

By satyadasa on Wed, 27 Apr, 2016 - 11:32

Rewilding the Mind

By satyadasa on Wed, 27 Apr, 2016 - 11:32

Last week I led a rewilding retreat in the Scottish Highlands, a new collaboration between the London Buddhist Centre and the charity Trees for Life.  

The degrading of nature and our loss of meaningful participation in its cycles is closely connected to the stunting of our feeling and imagination for what life is and could be. So on this retreat I...

London Buddhist Centre
London Buddhist Centre

The 3 Cafés Challenge - Full Details

By Singhamanas on Thu, 21 Apr, 2016 - 18:31

The 3 Cafés Challenge - Full Details

By Singhamanas on Thu, 21 Apr, 2016 - 18:31

3 Cafés Challenge - Raising Money for the New Vajrasana Retreat Centre

This Saturday morning April the 23rd, Jnanavaca and Maitreyabandhu will attempt to walk from the LBC to Broadway Market, visiting 3 east London cafés, drinking 3 hot beverages and eating 3 pieces of cake, each. They have so far raised over £500 per drink and £500 for each piece of cake = £3,000 in total. This money will buy everything we’ll need for hot beverages at the New...

London Buddhist Centre
London Buddhist Centre

The London Buddhist Summer Magazine Out Now

The London Buddhist Summer Magazine Out Now

By Singhamanas on Thu, 21 Apr, 2016 - 11:17

Giving is a fairly simple thing to do: money to a good cause, time to a friend, food to the hungry, energy to a situation. But sacrificing what you hold most precious – your very own life – is an altogether different giving up. How, and why, would you give your life?

For an offering to be truly selfless, the ideals behind it need to be of the purest kind. Then you would need to examine how you relate to those ideals,...

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