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Loving Kindness - Blazing Like The Sun
Loving Kindness - Blazing Like The Sun

Loving-kindness and your relationship with yourself...

By vajragupta on Mon, 4 Nov, 2013 - 12:36
Upekshadaka, from the Ghent Buddhist Centre in Belgium, shares how the practice and development of metta (loving-kindness) has changed his life. He describes the effect on his relationship with his father, with his work, and, most of all, on his relationship with himself. Metta allows him not to hide his weaknesses, and also not to hide his strengths and qualities. And having that kinder relationship to himself transforms his relationships with others.

This is the second 10-minute talk from...
Loving Kindness - Blazing Like The Sun
Loving Kindness - Blazing Like The Sun

The Karaniya Metta Sutta in Pali and English (PDF version)

By vajragupta on Fri, 1 Nov, 2013 - 18:22
Here is the Karaniya Metta sutta (the Buddha’s words on loving-kindness) in Pali (an ancient Indian language for which I’m afraid I’ve lost some of the diacritics), followed by an English translation by Ratnaprabha. This is a version for easy printing - you can also read and listen along here!

Listen to Natalie’s talk about the sutta, and here’s Joe’s chanting of the Pali as a separate audio post...
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Vajragupta - The Significance Of the Urban Retreat Being An International Event

By Candradasa on Thu, 31 Oct, 2013 - 17:05
Vajragupta talks about the possibilities for connection when people all around the world are practising kindness together, evoking the radically transformative nature of community and of love.

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How the Online Urban Retreat Complements Local Buddhist Centre Events

By Candradasa on Wed, 30 Oct, 2013 - 20:25
Triratna Buddhist Centres across the world will be running the urban retreat in the same week as the online event… How does the online urban retreat fit with what is happening locally? This is a three-and-a-half minute talk from Vajragupta on how the two can complement each other…

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Introduction to the Online Urban Retreat (if you're familiar with meditation)

By Candradasa on Tue, 29 Oct, 2013 - 14:04
And here’s a separate podcast episode from Vajragupta for anyone interested in taking part in the Urban Retreat 2013 who is already familiar with the Metta Bhavana practice and wants to know more about how the Urban Retreat week will play out online…

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Introduction to the Online Urban Retreat (if you're new to meditation)

By Candradasa on Tue, 29 Oct, 2013 - 14:00
A great podcast from Vajragupta for anyone interested in taking part in the Urban Retreat 2013 who hasn’t learned the Metta Bhavana (‘Loving Kindness’) practice yet!

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Loving Kindness - Blazing Like The Sun
Loving Kindness - Blazing Like The Sun

How the urban retreat works if you are new to meditation...

By vajragupta on Mon, 28 Oct, 2013 - 10:32
Hello there, this is a short bit of information about how the urban reteat works, what teaching materials you’ll be able to access, how much time you’ll need to take part…

It is especially aimed at those who are new to meditation, or not familiar with the metta bhavana (development of loving-kindness) - which is the particular type of meditation we’ll be focusing on during the urban retreat…

(There is another short audio for those who...
Loving Kindness - Blazing Like The Sun
Loving Kindness - Blazing Like The Sun

How the urban retreat works - for those familiar with the metta bhavana

By vajragupta on Mon, 28 Oct, 2013 - 10:28
I thought it might be helpful to post up some simple information about how the online urban retreat works, what you’ll get each day, how much time you’ll need to participate.

This audio is pitched at those familiar with the metta bhavana (loving-kindness) meditation. There is another short audio that explains how it all works if you are new to meditation, or to this particular type of meditation practice…...
Loving Kindness - Blazing Like The Sun
Loving Kindness - Blazing Like The Sun

Worldwide Urban Retreat Map takes shape

By lokabandhu on Mon, 21 Oct, 2013 - 00:00

Worldwide Urban Retreat Map takes shape

By lokabandhu on Mon, 21 Oct, 2013 - 00:00*update*: some readers have reported a bug in Google/Picasa, so if you’re not getting the map below, click here to enjoy the photos in Google+.

With less than three weeks to go until Triratna’s 2013 International Urban Retreat starts, the interactive map of who’s participating around the world is taking shape - the latest additions coming from Beijing, Hong Kong, Barcelona and Portsmouth, NH! You can ...
Online Meditators
Online Meditators

This week's meditation (new time!)

By Candradasa on Sun, 16 Jun, 2013 - 14:05

This week's meditation (new time!)

By Candradasa on Sun, 16 Jun, 2013 - 14:05Hi all, our next onlline meditation class will be on Tuesday 18th at 11.30am-12.30pm PST / 2.30-3.30pm EST / 7.30-8.30pm UK / 8.30-9.30pm Europe. This week we’ll be revisiting the Loving Kindness meditation (Metta Bhavana), particularly with a view to expanding our own sense of ‘identity’ (individual and national/tribal)…

We’ll be online 15 minutes before the sit and will meditate (with some guidance) for around 45 minutes, leaving space at the end for...

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