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International Practice Week 2018: 'Turning Arrows Into Flowers'
International Practice Week 2018: 'Turning...

Resources for International Practice Week: 22-29 September

Posted by aparajita to International Practice Week 2018: 'Turning... on Wed, 12 Sep, 2018 - 12:02

Turning Arrows Into Flowers

This world-wide international practice week is based on the image of the Buddha on the cusp of his Enlightenment, at the point when Mara attacks him with all he’s got - but the Buddha does not react with anger, hatred, defensiveness but instead sits in complete peace and openness: the arrows, abuse & weapons hurled at him drift down around him as harmless flower petals.

In essence, the message to be communicated is: this is what we need to...

Portsmouth Buddhist Center
Portsmouth Buddhist Center

An Introduction to Buddhist Meditation on the Seacoast

Posted by Candradasa to Portsmouth Buddhist Center on Sat, 1 Sep, 2018 - 17:34

An Introduction to Buddhist Meditation on the Seacoast

Posted by Candradasa to Portsmouth Buddhist Center on Sat, 1 Sep, 2018 - 17:34

Wednesdays, September 19th-October 10th, 7-8.30pm 

Have you ever wanted to change your life? Maybe in small ways, maybe in big ones?

Learning or refreshing your acquaintance with the ancient, tried-and-tested techniques of Buddhist meditation is like walking through a portal into change of your own making. A certain magic is there to be found and engaged with - at your own pace, wherever you are starting out from.

Come and join us for a new short fall course of classes...

Triratna News
Triratna News

Windhorse Publications Releases 'Satipatthana Meditation: A Practice Guide'

Posted by Sadayasihi to Triratna News on Fri, 3 Aug, 2018 - 14:56

Windhorse Publications Releases 'Satipatthana Meditation: A Practice Guide'

Posted by Sadayasihi to Triratna News on Fri, 3 Aug, 2018 - 14:56

Windhorse Publications have now released Satipatthana Meditation: A Practice Guide by Buddhist meditator, scholar, and award-winning author, Bhikkhu Anālayo. 

Following on from his two best-selling books, Satipatthana: The Direct Path to Insight and Perspectives on Satipatthana, in this book, Anālayo provides inspiration and guidance to all meditators, of any tradition and any level of experience. Each of the twenty-four chapters concludes with suggestions to support meditative practice.

An eminently pragmatic discussion of how to put these teachings into practice. Anālayo has developed a simple and straightforward

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Free Buddhist Audio
Free Buddhist Audio

Dharmabyte: Anatomy of the Breath

Posted by Sadayasihi to Free Buddhist Audio on Mon, 23 Jul, 2018 - 12:05

In this Dharmabyte podcast, ‘Anatomy of the Breath’, Padmadarshini gives us a really good working context to help our meditation practice.

Best to lie down comfortably as you listen to her description of the anatomical and physiological processes involved in breathing. She’s a yoga teacher as well as a meditation teacher and she draws on both those sets of skills to give this talk. And as you lie there, she’ll help you tune into your own own body with some...

International Practice Week 2018: 'Turning Arrows Into Flowers'
International Practice Week 2018: 'Turning...

More information on the International Practice Week 22-29 Sept 2018

Posted by mokshini to International Practice Week 2018: 'Turning... on Thu, 12 Jul, 2018 - 09:59

International Urban Retreat   22-29 September 2018   “Turning Arrows Into Flowers”

The proposal for this international practice week is to make this a world-wide practice week, including all  Centres and Triratna Practice Groups wherever they are – the theme was inspired by Subhuti’s teaching on the 2017 order retreat at Bodhgaya.

The image to sum up and symbolize the theme of this urban retreat: the Buddha on the cusp of his Enlightenment, at the point when Mara attacks him with all he’s got …… but...

Triratna News
Triratna News

Story-Telling Project for Mexican Children

Posted by Sadayasihi to Triratna News on Wed, 4 Jul, 2018 - 18:29

Story-Telling Project for Mexican Children

Posted by Sadayasihi to Triratna News on Wed, 4 Jul, 2018 - 18:29

Olga Rosenberg and Blanca García are two Mitras from Cuernavaca who have been running a project for underprivileged Mexican children and telling them stories as well as introducing meditation.

Earthquake in Cuernavaca
In September 2017 an earthquake measuring 7.1 on the Richter Scale struck in Mexico, with its epicentre in Cuernavaca. This devastated the local community, with houses being damaged and schools destroyed. It had a particularly destructive impact on lower income families.

Olga and Blanca,...

International Practice Week 2018: 'Turning Arrows Into Flowers'
International Practice Week 2018: 'Turning...

Eight Verses for Training the Mind

Posted by mokshini to International Practice Week 2018: 'Turning... on Wed, 4 Jul, 2018 - 14:45

The short talks given that Yashobodhi is preparing for the International Practice Week are based on an exploration of the Seven Point Mind Training. However, over the course of 2018 there have been several occasions where the EIGHT Mind Training verses have been studied (at the International Council at Bodh Gaya for example, and at the July European chairs assembly) - so here are two sheets: 

One with the Eight Mind Training Verses by Geshe Langri Thankpa, and the other sheet...

Buddhist Centre Features
Buddhist Centre Features

5 Years Of The Buddhist Centre Online: #5 Meditation for Transformation

Posted by Sadayasihi to Buddhist Centre Features on Thu, 14 Jun, 2018 - 16:51

5 Years Of The Buddhist Centre Online: #5 Meditation for Transformation

Posted by Sadayasihi to Buddhist Centre Features on Thu, 14 Jun, 2018 - 16:51

The object of meditation is to transform oneself, not to have good meditations

Sangharakshita, Peace is a Fire

What Meditation Is and What It Isn’t
Often one of the first things one learns when one comes into contact with Buddhism - and sometimes even before that - is meditation. However, it is not always clear exactly what meditation is, or easy to articulate it! In the last 5 years of The Buddhist Centre Online there have...

Triratna Young Buddhists
Triratna Young Buddhists

The Spiritual Community Beyond Borders

Posted by Sadayasihi to Triratna Young Buddhists on Wed, 6 Jun, 2018 - 11:10

The Spiritual Community Beyond Borders

Posted by Sadayasihi to Triratna Young Buddhists on Wed, 6 Jun, 2018 - 11:10

As the Mainland Europe Young Buddhist Convention in Valencia draws nearer, three ‘Young Buddhists’ from Valencia share a bit about their inspiration to practice the Dharma and how they have benefitted.

Estela:

“Last year I attended the meeting of Young Buddhists in Berlin. It was an incredible experience! I met young people from other countries, and it surprised me that we could connect really well despite cultural differences.

The atmosphere was very nice, open and fun. We had really...

Fifty Years, Fifty Voices
Fifty Years, Fifty Voices

50 Years, 50 Voices: Vessantara

Posted by Satyalila to Fifty Years, Fifty Voices on Thu, 31 May, 2018 - 15:00

…there was something which came through Bhante which really was full of Dharma qualities, and that’s what started Triratna…

 Vessantara’s Annals
In 1968 I’m 18, and spend eight months working in clerical jobs, earning money before going to Cambridge University to study English. I’ve adopted a hippie view of the world and spend hours in my friend Les Doyle’s attic bedroom, which is painted black and decorated with silver foil, listening to early Pink Floyd and Jimi Hendrix. I’m reading about eastern religions,...

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