Buddhist Centre Features
Buddhist Centre Features

Emptiness and the Heart Sutra: A Home Retreat with Tejananda and Friends

By Centre Team on Mon, 26 Sep, 2022 - 15:19

Emptiness and the Heart Sutra: A Home Retreat with Tejananda and Friends

By Centre Team on Mon, 26 Sep, 2022 - 15:19

November 4-10 2022

🧘🏽‍♀️ 🧘🏽‍♂️ Seven days of meditation, lively exploration, and strong, supportive friendship: a space to explore why the wisdom of emptiness is, precisely, compassion.

Led by Tejananda and friends

Reserve your space!

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The Heart Sutra is one of the most familiar of all Buddhist texts and, inevitably, there are innumerable takes on ‘what it means’. How do we square the opening statement that the skandhas (our psycho–physical constituents) are ‘empty’ with the following one that ‘in emptiness’ there are no skandhas, no senses, no conditioned–arising? Early western commentators...

Fifty Years, Fifty Voices
Fifty Years, Fifty Voices

Fifty Years, Fifty Voices: Samasuri (Highlights)

By Zac on Wed, 24 Aug, 2022 - 15:48

It’s the wounded healer myth. I guess part of me wanting to be Doctor is my psyche trying to sort all that suffering out… Helping others like I’ve been helped or am being helped.

Samasuri’s Annals:

In 1968 I was not born yet!

In 1978 I was 4 years old, so probably at a play group and living in South Devon with my parents.

In 1988 I was 14 years old. Living with parents and younger brother in South Devon still. At private girls’ school in Exeter.

In 1998...

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Green Earth Awakening Camp 2022

By lotusbuddhafield on Fri, 12 Aug, 2022 - 11:39

Green Earth Awakening Camp 2022

By lotusbuddhafield on Fri, 12 Aug, 2022 - 11:39

14 - 18th September 2022 | Blackdown Hills, Somerset

Our more intimate gathering, at the turning of the summer season, delving into community, nature based practice, land-based skills, crafts, and creative ways to forge social and ecological resilience.

We are an off-grid, drug and alcohol free, temporary camping community of up to 500 people, with workshops, talks, movement, meditation and celebration.

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Here’s a sneak peak at what to look forward to at this year’s camp:

Turner Prize nominated...

Fifty Years, Fifty Voices
Fifty Years, Fifty Voices

Fifty Years, Fifty Voices: Manjuvajra (Highlights)

By Zac on Wed, 10 Aug, 2022 - 09:55

What’s happened over the years is I’ve got more and more confident in the existence of the Buddha, the effectiveness of the Dharma and the joy of the Sangha.

Manjuvajra’s Annals:

In 1968 I was 21 years old, living in London, enjoying the ‘Swinging 60’s’, studying physics at Imperial College, exploring sex and drugs, dabbling in religion and psychology, and spending the summer hitch-hiking with my future wife across Europe to Yugoslavia and Turkey.

In 1978 I was doing research connected with...

West London Buddhist Centre
West London Buddhist Centre

Online Meditation Retreat - Poetics of Awakening

By Ratnadeva on Mon, 8 Aug, 2022 - 21:46

Online Meditation Retreat - Poetics of Awakening

By Ratnadeva on Mon, 8 Aug, 2022 - 21:46

The Buddha was known as the awakened one, but what does it mean to really wake up? Buddhism is clear that this awakening is more than just intellectual knowledge. More importantly it is an opening of the heart and imagination to our own deepest nature and our place in the world. During this online retreat we will be looking at how we might deepen into ourselves and open to the world through our practice of meditation and ritual.

Programme

Session 1 (2 hrs):...

Buddhist Centre Features
Buddhist Centre Features

Marking the Change of Time: A Day of Reflective Writing and Meditation with Yashobodhi

By Centre Team on Fri, 15 Jul, 2022 - 10:37

Marking the Change of Time: A Day of Reflective Writing and Meditation with Yashobodhi

By Centre Team on Fri, 15 Jul, 2022 - 10:37

25 September 2022

This day involves two sessions. Feel free to attend one or both.

First session (4 hours): USA PST 05:00 | Mexico 07:00 | USA EST 08:00 | IE & UK...

Buddhist Centre Features
Buddhist Centre Features

Doorway to the Deep: A day retreat on meditation with Singhashri

By Centre Team on Fri, 15 Jul, 2022 - 10:25

Doorway to the Deep: A day retreat on meditation with Singhashri

By Centre Team on Fri, 15 Jul, 2022 - 10:25

10th September 2022

This day involves two sessions to allow maximum participation internationally across time zones. Feel free to attend one or both.

First session (4 hrs): USA PST 04:00 | México 06:00 | USA EST 07:00 | IE...

Free Buddhist Audio
Free Buddhist Audio

Dharmabyte: Softening Into Letting Go

By Zac on Mon, 11 Jul, 2022 - 06:00

Coming Into Your True Nature

A tender and moving talk by Paramananda. Transformation is basically allowing the protective shell of self to dissipate. This shell only falls away if you come into relationship with your real, impermanent, fragile, vulnerable nature and soften into that or open up to that.

Excerpted from the talk The Nature of Transformation given at West London Buddhist Centre, 2014.

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Fifty Years, Fifty Voices
Fifty Years, Fifty Voices

Fifty Years, Fifty Voices: Jayadevi (Highlights)

By Zac on Wed, 6 Jul, 2022 - 12:28

I’d be a bitter, burned-out trade unionist, I think, if I wasn’t a Buddhist…

Jayadevi’s Annals

In 1968 - I was living in Hackney, at St Paul’s Church of England Primary School. Winning the school scripture prize, attending Girl Guides, Church (C of E) and Sunday School.

In 1978 - I was a student in Liverpool studying English Lit and Psychology with Divinity. In a long term relationship with a boyfriend. The nearest I have ever come to being married!

In 1988 - A full-on GFR Mitra...

Free Buddhist Audio
Free Buddhist Audio

Dharmabyte: Gestures of Metta

By Zac on Wed, 6 Jul, 2022 - 06:00

Being Open to the Beautiful

Saddhanandi shares observations on retreat of expressions of metta, kindness, and celebrates the simple beauty of such gestures. From the introduction to meditation entitled Metta and Beauty, the ninth in a series from a 12 day meditation retreat on Metta as a Path to Insight, 2015.

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