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A meditation toolkit for challenging times: metta

By Ratnaprabha on Tue, 19 May, 2020 - 14:18

A meditation toolkit for challenging times: metta

By Ratnaprabha on Tue, 19 May, 2020 - 14:18

Visuddhimati continues the current online Tuesday class theme, helping to take your meditation deeper. 19:00 - 21:00 every Tuesday, all levels welcome, Zoom link here.

The next block (19 May, 26 May, 2 June) will focus on The Magic and Mystery of Kindly Awareness. Awareness coupled with kindness can bring about a radical and mysterious transformation in our everyday experience. How can we develop it in meditation, and meet life’s challenges with resilience and kindness? Led meditation, discussion, questions....

North London Buddhist Centre
North London Buddhist Centre

How to Meditate at Home - Positive Tools for Life

By Ratnaprabha on Tue, 19 May, 2020 - 14:15

How to Meditate at Home - Positive Tools for Life

By Ratnaprabha on Tue, 19 May, 2020 - 14:15

New 3-week online NLBC course with Aryadhara and Anandavajra starts Saturday 23rd May.

3 Saturday mornings: 23 May, 30 May, 6 June 10:30am-12:30pm

Discover how to meditate, and how to set up a regular practice at home. We will explore two core foundation meditation practices that help us to focus and to have an open heart - key skills for life both in and out of lockdown!

Regular meditation brings positive benefits in helping us to improve our mental states and thereby...

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Free Buddhist Audio

FBA Podcast: Brahmaviharas and the Awakening of the Bodhi Mind

By Sadayasihi on Sat, 16 May, 2020 - 14:00

Concise and essential, Satyaraja draws out practical and profound aspects of the four Brahmaviharas, considering them as both meditation practices and as realms that we can occupy. This is the second talk in a series of four talks on the topic of karuna, compassion.

From the series Brahmaviharas and the Awakening of the Bodhi Mind given at Padmaloka Retreat Centre Winter Retreat, 2016.

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Turning Arrows Into Flowers (The Dharma Toolkit Podcast, Episode 26)

By Centre Team on Thu, 14 May, 2020 - 16:17

To mark the start of our Home Retreat on the theme of turning towards difficulties and moving through them well, a great, practical conversation with Yashobodhi about the meditative, reflective work of the Seven-Point Mind Training tradition in Buddhism. 

A mythic image to sum up and symbolize this is that of the Buddha on the cusp of his Enlightenment. He is sitting still at the point when Mara attacks him with all the weapons he can muster. But, as the story...

North London Buddhist Centre
North London Buddhist Centre

Tuesday evening meditation toolkit

By Ratnaprabha on Sat, 9 May, 2020 - 20:44

Tuesday evening meditation toolkit

By Ratnaprabha on Sat, 9 May, 2020 - 20:44

The next four week block starts next week.
Dates: 12, 19, 26 May, 2 June 
Time: 7pm - 9pm

The Magic and Mystery of Kindly Awareness
Zoom link here.
Visuddhimati continues the current Tuesday class theme, offering a meditation toolkit for challenging times.
The classes will be exploring  how to further develop kindly awareness in meditation in order to meet life’s challenges with resilience and kindness. 
Awareness coupled with kindness can bring...

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Reflections on Love (The Dharma Toolkit Daily, Episode 23)

By Centre Team on Sat, 2 May, 2020 - 06:00

As we come towards the end of our Being Divine Online Home Retreat it is our great pleasure today to share with you some beautiful closing reflections from Ratnavandana on the theme of the retreat: love itself.

She beautifully evokes where and how she is currently spending this time of lockdown in rural Wales, UK, and shares how the Brahma Vihara meditations on love have been helping her at this strange and difficult time. What she gives us is her deep...

North London Buddhist Centre
North London Buddhist Centre

Buddhism Going Deeper - Ancient Wisdom for Modern Times. A free course led by Vajramitra.

By Ratnaprabha on Thu, 30 Apr, 2020 - 12:00

Buddhism Going Deeper - Ancient Wisdom for Modern Times. A free course led by Vajramitra.

By Ratnaprabha on Thu, 30 Apr, 2020 - 12:00

Buddhism Going Deeper - Ancient Wisdom for Modern Times
A free North London Buddhist Centre online course led by Vajramitra.

Book here. Four Wednesday evenings from 13 May, 19:00-21:00, online via Zoom, you’ll be sent the link when you book. (Note the recent NLBC newsletter had the wrong date.)
A going deeper course focused on the Tibetan Wheel of Life. It’s for you if you have practised mindfulness of breathing and loving kindness meditations. No charge, but a donation...

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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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Dhyana: A Step-By-Step Approach

By bodhipaksa on Wed, 22 Apr, 2020 - 18:44

Dhyana: A Step-By-Step Approach

By bodhipaksa on Wed, 22 Apr, 2020 - 18:44

On Saturday I led a workshop for the Seattle and Vancouver sanghas (originally intended to be a weekend retreat) on cultivating dhyana. In it I present a three-fold approach to cultivating the dhyana factors (or a slightly modified form of that list) which seems quite reliably to help most regular meditators to get close to, or in to, first dhyana.

The feedback was very positive, and a lot of people who’d been meditating for a long time seemed to be making strides forward.

The...

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Earth Week on The Buddhist Centre Online! Hair On Fire: A New Podcast Mini-Series

By Centre Team on Tue, 21 Apr, 2020 - 22:46

This week on The Buddhist Centre Online and the Dharma Toolkit we are marking Earth Day - all week long! Watch out for our specially commissioned mini-series of podcasts released through the week: “Hair On Fire: Using the Threefold Way of Ethics, Meditation, and Wisdom to Turn Toward Climate Change”.

We’ll be book-ending these special episodes with some lively, thoughtful conversations around the whole area of Buddhist responses - human responses - to climate change, especially...

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