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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...

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

Urban Retreat Program (PDF version)

By Candradasa on Fri, 8 Nov, 2013 - 11:22
Here’s a PDF version of the program for the retreat to complement the online version.

A note on using Issuu (the rather nice way we embed documents on The Buddhist Centre Online): you can usually download by clicking the Issuu document and, when it opens full-screen, choosing the ‘share’ icon (top right)…
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Loving Kindness - Blazing Like The Sun
Loving Kindness - Blazing Like The Sun

Urban Retreat Online Program & Resources

Urban Retreat Online Program & Resources

By Candradasa on Wed, 6 Nov, 2013 - 23:45Here’s the full retreat program for the online version of the retreat. These resources are also for use by anyone taking part in the Urban Retreat around the world at their local Buddhist centre.

We’ve also included here details of the special web-only events we’ll be having as part of the retreat, including online meditation, Twitter Q & A and a Facebook discussion in our group there. Watch this space for more details!
Loving Kindness - Blazing Like The Sun
Loving Kindness - Blazing Like The Sun

The Karaniya Metta Sutta in Pali and English (with audio)

The Karaniya Metta Sutta in Pali and English (with audio)

By Candradasa on Wed, 6 Nov, 2013 - 19:09The Buddha recommended that alongside mindfulness practices, anyone wanting to see deeply into the nature of existence should have a regular and strong practice of kindness… Here is the source text for this revolutionary practice (minus a few diacritics!).

The English translation is by Ratnaprabha, the audio by Joe Richardson.

Listen to a talk on the sutta for the Urban Retreat 2013
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Upekshadaka - On Metta (Loving Kindness)

By Candradasa on Tue, 5 Nov, 2013 - 16:46
A personal, moving short talk by Upekshadaka about his own struggles to practice loving kindness (‘metta’) towards himself and others. Evoking his work and his relationship with his father, we get a clearly felt sense of how vital and rewarding this meditation can be. Radical change as part of the everyday of our lives…

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The Karaniya Metta Sutta Chanted by Joe Richardson

By Candradasa on Mon, 4 Nov, 2013 - 17:21

And since we just posted Natalie Willmer’s excellent talk on the Karaniya Metta Sutta, here’s a beautiful recording of it! It’s the classic Buddhist source-text for Metta, or Loving-Kindness - and the theme of the upcoming Triratna Urban Retreat.

It was chanted in Pali by Joe Richardson at the end of Triratna’s 2012 International Retreat, as the Buddhafield team gathered under canvas at the end of the retreat. We’ve remastered it here...

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On the Karaniya Metta Sutta

By Candradasa on Mon, 4 Nov, 2013 - 17:17
Natalie Willmer, from the Auckland Buddhist Centre in New Zealand, with a short talk on the metta sutta – an ancient Pali text that contains some of the Buddha’s words and teaching on metta (loving-kindness). Natalie describes her response to first coming across these words of the Buddha; some of them inspired her, but some of them raised questions…

Listen to the sutta being chanted

This is the first of a short series of...
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.