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Vajra Bell - Autumn 2015

Vajra Bell - Autumn 2015

Posted by Candradasa to Community Highlights on Tue, 6 Oct, 2015 - 00:19

Self-Compassion - Learning to Turn Loving-kindness Inwards
Vajra Bell is the quarterly journal from Triratna in North America, based out of Aryaloka Retreat Center in New Hampshire. In this issue, some moving and thought-provoking evocations of loving kindness and its radical effect - often in unexpected ways!

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Complete Archive Of Teaching On The Brahma Viharas

Posted by Candradasa to Community Highlights on Fri, 17 Apr, 2015 - 18:57

Ratnavandana has given much of her later life to the cultivation and teaching of Brahma Viharas meditation - helping inspire many people to move towards spending more of their time in the ‘divine abodes’ of love, compassion, sympathetic joy and equanimity.

Here is the complete archive of teaching from her Spring 2015 Rainy Season retreat in Bristol, UK. The theme was ‘Living In The Mandala’, looking at the Brahma Viharas in the context of the five Buddha mandala. Talks, readings, guided...

Bristol Buddhist Centre
Bristol Buddhist Centre

Day 7: Guided Brahma Viharas Meditation (With Notes on Bhavana)

Posted by Centre Team to Bristol Buddhist Centre on Sat, 11 Apr, 2015 - 20:27

Ratnavandana introduces and guides us through a composite practice of all four Brahma Viharas at once - loving kindness, compassion, sympathetic joy, equanimity.

She sets the scene perfectly with an introduction to the notion of cultivation/development within the context of a Buddhist spiritual life, showing how each of these qualities may be called forth whenever needed in the face of our experience, just as the flower is called forth from the seed in springtime.

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Online Meditators
Online Meditators

Refreshing The Heart - Week 3

Posted by Candradasa to Online Meditators on Mon, 3 Nov, 2014 - 14:43

Refreshing The Heart - Week 3

Posted by Candradasa to Online Meditators on Mon, 3 Nov, 2014 - 14:43This week as part of our four-week Tuesday course on bringing back a bit of emotional shine to our meditation we’ll be looking at ways to work creatively within the Metta Bhavana practice, and how these can help us keep our emotional positivity going outside of formal meditation when, perhaps, we most need it…

NB. This week we’ll be back to our normal time of 2.30pm EST/7.30pm UK. See here...
Online Meditators
Online Meditators

Meditation for February

Posted by Candradasa to Online Meditators on Tue, 4 Feb, 2014 - 02:40

Meditation for February

Posted by Candradasa to Online Meditators on Tue, 4 Feb, 2014 - 02:40Hi all, thanks for sitting with us through the start of the year. It’s been lovely connecting with some of you as we build our little gang of regular and occasional online meditators! Let’s keep it going now all those New Year’s resolutions have worn off… :)

We’ll be starting February meditations off Tuesday February 4th by continuing our voyage towards absorption and deepening stillness using the breath as an anchor and a reference. Join us for the ...
Online Meditators
Online Meditators

Meditation Schedule for the New Year

Posted by Centre Team to Online Meditators on Fri, 27 Dec, 2013 - 17:03

Meditation Schedule for the New Year

Posted by Centre Team to Online Meditators on Fri, 27 Dec, 2013 - 17:03A very happy and peaceful new year to all our online meditators! Thanks for joining us through the past few months for our regular mindfulness and loving kindness meditations - there’s something about sitting together twice a week that really helps!

We’re into our winter break now, and wanted to let you know that we’ll resume on Tuesday January 21st. Our regular meditation times will be Tuesdays at 2.30pm EST/ 7.30pm UK and Thursdays at 11am ...
Eight Step Recovery - Using the Buddha's Teachings To Overcome Addiction
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A loving kindness meditation

Posted by Vimalasara to Eight Step Recovery - Using the Buddha's... on Sun, 8 Dec, 2013 - 04:36
‘There are never endings, only separations and new beginnings.’ Separations can be bumpy, and often we move away from the uncomfortable feelings by latching on to an old coping mechanism. Over these past three weeks you have hopefully begun to cultivate some positive coping mechanisms. You can always go back to some of your favourite meditations and listen to them. We give you this final meditation in this series, to set you up on track for your journey that will...
Eight Step Recovery - Using the Buddha's Teachings To Overcome Addiction
Eight Step Recovery - Using the Buddha's...

May you be peaceful

Posted by Vimalasara to Eight Step Recovery - Using the Buddha's... on Tue, 3 Dec, 2013 - 05:20
Day 17 is a song meditation on loving kindness, using phrases that are often used in loving kindness meditation. Loving kindness has a strong element of liking. Sometimes we can love people but don’t actually like them. This sometimes happens in our families. We love our parents or siblings but realize we don’t actually like them.. But to like someone, is to take love deeper. That is loving kindness. To like is to open up and accept ourselves and others...
Eight Step Recovery - Using the Buddha's Teachings To Overcome Addiction
Eight Step Recovery - Using the Buddha's...

we are what we think

Posted by Vimalasara to Eight Step Recovery - Using the Buddha's... on Thu, 28 Nov, 2013 - 05:43

we are what we think

Posted by Vimalasara to Eight Step Recovery - Using the Buddha's... on Thu, 28 Nov, 2013 - 05:43We thought you might like to see a TEDx talk that has just gone online. Vimalasara (Valerie Mason-John) explores how our stinking thinking can be our biggest addiction and how loving kindness can save lives. May you feel inspired.

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