How do we construct our world? Collective experiences impact on our personal views and experiences. Mahayana texts offer us the opportunity to interrupt our usual way of perceiving and thinking about the world. Suryagupta explores the extraordinary character, Vimalakirti, and his teaching of The Great Love – the love that is great compassion, the love that is never exhausted, the love that is giving, the love that is morality, the love that is tolerance, the love that is happiness.
On 25 June, from 19.00-21.00 (UK), Subhuti will be in conversation with Suryagupta, the Chair of the London Buddhist Centre, on the topic of race, caste and Buddhism. They will explore the themes personally, arriving at a distinctively Dharmic approach to race and Buddhism, with time for you to ask questions via the chat facility on their YouTube Livestream. All are invited to join the LBC Sangha for what promises to be a memorable and significant evening.
Please see information about our weekly people of colour events taking place on Zoom in partnership with the West London Buddhist Centre. These events are more important than ever as we deal with social unrest and a deeper call for change in the US, UK and other cities in the world.
As a special treat for you all this week as we countdown to #buddhaday we will be releasing a series of dharma reflections each day…⠀
Here, Maitreyabandhu reads us a poem from his second collection called Yarn.
According to tradition, two travellers met the Buddha just after his enlightenment and became his first disciples, Tapussa and Bhallika. They disappear from literature after that point, and the Travellers from Orissa is a long dramatic monologue, written by Maitreyabandhu, imagining their story.
On Sunday 19th, Suryagupta hosted a conversation with Subhuti on ‘Life, Death and Dying’ for the London Buddhist Centre, themes that are very much with us right now.
It was an insightful and meaningful conversation, and Subhuti invited us to work as positively as we can with the challenges that the Coronavirus pandemic brings - so we hope the reflections in the interview give you inspiration to take your practice deeper.
Sthiramanas’ public ordination was streamed live onto YouTube on Sunday 5th April. Now, one week on, he sits down with his friend Prajnamanas to talk informally about the experience of that day and how the new name is settling in.
I am very happy to announce the public ordination of ex-Gus Miller took place on Sunday 5th of April at the London Buddhist Centre. The ordination was not public, but was live-streamed. You can see it here.
Gus becomes Sthiramanas, a Sansksrit name meaning Steadfast Mind.
Maitreyabandhu was his private preceptor and I was his public preceptor.
I am delighted to let you know of the forthcoming ordination of Gus Miller. Gus was invited to be ordained last year, along with two other men working for the London Buddhist Centre. As it would have put a great strain on the LBC for all three to be away at the same time, Gus kindly volunteered to wait for a year. Sadly, with the outbreak of Covid-19, we have had to cancel the Guhyaloka course and postpone it...