Free Buddhist Audio
Free Buddhist Audio

Dharmabyte: Practicing Patience

By Zac on Mon, 22 Aug, 2022 - 06:00

Trusting Love

Maitrisiddhi shows us the importance and value in holding the ideal of spiritual friendship alongside the reality of life in the Sangha. Our teacher Sangharakshita has said: “It is in friendship (maitri) that we may find the emotional equivalent of the intellectual understanding of the doctrine of ‘no self’”. The gift of these teachings can help us move beyond self-clinging into a deeper and far more mysterious connection with one another; a Greater Love.

Excerpted from the talk entitled ...

Free Buddhist Audio
Free Buddhist Audio

FBA Podcast: Beauty, Love and the Dharma Life

By Zac on Sat, 2 Jul, 2022 - 06:00

The Life of the Buddha

In this talk, Padmavajra explores the themes of beauty and love in the story of the life of the Buddha. He looks at the importance of nature, the arts, ethics, meditation and friendship in the journey to becoming one with Beauty.

This talk was given at the Mid-Essex Buddhist Centre, 2019.

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Buddhist Centre Features
Buddhist Centre Features

Metta and Solidarity with Our European Sangha

By Centre Team on Tue, 8 Mar, 2022 - 08:07

Metta and Solidarity with Our European Sangha

By Centre Team on Tue, 8 Mar, 2022 - 08:07

Tuesday 8th March 2022

2 hours: USA PST 11:00 | Mexico 13:00 | USA EST 14:00 | IE & UK 19:00 | Europe 20:00 CET | Kyiv: 21:00  |  Moscow: 22:00  |  India. 00:30 (next day) | Australia AEDT 06:00 (next day) | New Zealand NZDT 08:00 (next day)

About the event
A session of practice live from Adhisthana. An opportunity to gather together around the world and stand...

Free Buddhist Audio
Free Buddhist Audio

Dharmabyte: Abstention from Violence – Love

By Sadayasihi on Thu, 1 Jul, 2021 - 06:00

How can we decide between right and wrong? The Eastern criterion of ethics is psychological rather than theological: ethical behaviour is said to express higher orders of awareness.

Here, Sangharakshita details the first precept, that of abstention from all forms of violence and harm towards other beings. Cultivating the positive aspect of this precept is the embodiment of maitri, love, as expressed through our deeds of loving-kindness.

From the talk entitled The Principles of Ethics: Right Action given as...

North London Buddhist Centre
North London Buddhist Centre

How to deepen positive emotion: online meditation workshop with Nandaraja

By Ratnaprabha on Tue, 20 Oct, 2020 - 11:44

How to deepen positive emotion: online meditation workshop with Nandaraja

By Ratnaprabha on Tue, 20 Oct, 2020 - 11:44

This Sunday, October 25, 2:00 PM  5:00 PM

As part of our North London Buddhist Centre autumn theme of ‘Solidarity with Self and World’ do join Nandaraja for this Guest Workshop on meditation. You will be introduced to a set of 4 core meditations that inspire and nourish specifically through helping us to nurture our positivity, helping it to flourish and grow. These are the Brahma Viharas or Divine Abodes. Nandaraja is passionate about meditation and has been practising for many...

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Being Divine Online: Q & A with Ratnavandana on the Brahma Viharas (The Dharma Toolkit Daily, Episode 20)

By Centre Team on Tue, 28 Apr, 2020 - 01:58

Loving Kindness (Metta)
Compassion (Karuna)
Joyful Resonance (Mudita)
Equanimity (Upekkha)

This week on the podcast we’re in full-on love mode with our Home Retreat: Being Divine Online

Our guide to the series of meditations in focus - the Brahma Viharas - is Ratnavandana, and in this special episode recorded live online she’s in discussion about a practice that has been one of the touchstones of her life. 

The sense of someone choosing to dwell inside a mythic vision of...

North London Buddhist Centre
North London Buddhist Centre

Metta Day on Sunday

By Ratnaprabha on Thu, 23 Apr, 2020 - 11:40

Metta Day on Sunday

By Ratnaprabha on Thu, 23 Apr, 2020 - 11:40

Metta Day with Karunagita & Maitrisambhava

This Sunday 26 April, a free day, but you need to book, and please donate if you can, £30 suggested.

A nourishing day retreat at home, immersed in metta, the intention of friendliness, kindness or unconditional love. During the day Maitrisambhava and Karunagita will lead four online sessions of about an hour using Zoom. Meditation, gentle bodywork, teaching and discussion, also touching on Karuna (compassion) and Mudita (joy). These sessions will...

North London Buddhist Centre
North London Buddhist Centre

Online meditation this evening

By Ratnaprabha on Tue, 24 Mar, 2020 - 16:44

Online meditation this evening

By Ratnaprabha on Tue, 24 Mar, 2020 - 16:44

Our very own Singhashri will be hosting an online meditation tonight (24 March) from 6-7 pm, and every Tuesday and Friday from now on. The link to join is here

Or go to Singhashri’s website here

Our NLBC drop-in online classes in meditation and Buddhism will from now on be free, but can you make a donation of £5 via PayPal for each class you attend online, or more if you can? If you too are running...

Bristol Buddhist Centre
Bristol Buddhist Centre

Day 3: Notes on Love - Approaching the Metta Bhavana

By Centre Team on Tue, 17 Mar, 2015 - 17:29
Some lovely, personal notes on the core practice in the Brahma Viharas sequence - the cultivation of loving kindness (metta), which is said to glow, shine and blaze forth like the sun… From Rumi and Subhuti to the Itivuttaka, we hear about how love transforms both self and world in ways extraordinary and everyday.

The short guided meditation and initial notes are by Ratnavandana. The main talk is by Jvalamalini.

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