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Breath

By Vimalasara on Thu, 21 Nov, 2013 - 04:53
One of my favourite Buddhist teacher’s Thich Nhat Hanh (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thich_Nhat_Hanh) has generously given us permission to use one of his poetic verses on the breath. Day 5 is a meditation to help connect to the breath. The breath can help us to pause and slow down, bringing more choice in how we respond to life. We come back to the breath several times during these three weeks, because breath is one of our best teachers. The music...
Eight Step Recovery - Using the Buddha's Teachings To Overcome Addiction
Eight Step Recovery - Using the Buddha's Teachings To Overcome Addiction

The Serenity Prayer

By Vimalasara on Wed, 20 Nov, 2013 - 06:52
Hi if you have just joined us - then a warm welcome. And you can begin with day one - or begin with us on our fourth day. Day 4 is a reflection on how to relate wisely to our experience, through bringing to mind the words of the serenity prayer. The serenity prayer is the common name for an originally untitled prayer by the American theologian Reinhold Niebuhr. It has been adopted by Alcoholics Anonymous and other twelve-step programs,...
Eight Step Recovery - Using the Buddha's Teachings To Overcome Addiction
Eight Step Recovery - Using the Buddha's Teachings To Overcome Addiction

Shakyamuni Mantra

By Vimalasara on Tue, 19 Nov, 2013 - 06:41
Day 3 is the Shakyamuni mantra. Shakyamuni is the name of the historical Buddha, Gautama, who lived in northern India two and half thousand years ago. He was a human being, like us, who through his own efforts gained a state of complete freedom called Awakening or Enlightenment. When we chant the Shakyamuni mantra we can bring to mind the Buddha’s wisdom and compassion. We can reflect that just as he found freedom, so can we. The mantra is chanted...
Loving Kindness - Blazing Like The Sun
Loving Kindness - Blazing Like The Sun

Urban Retreat 2013, Complete Retreat Materials: 6. Complete Audio Recordings

By Candradasa on Mon, 18 Nov, 2013 - 14:32
And here is a complete set of all the recordings from the Urban Retreat 2013, including all the introductory material by Vajragupta and others, the daily guided meditations, and Vessantara’s full series on the stages of the Metta Bhavana…

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Loving Kindness - Blazing Like The Sun
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Urban Retreat 2013, Complete Retreat Materials: 5. Complete Talks

By Candradasa on Mon, 18 Nov, 2013 - 14:23
Here is a set of all the talks given for the Urban Retreat 2013, including introductions by Vajragupta and others, as well as the full series on the stages of the Metta Bhavana by Vessantara.

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Urban Retreat 2013, Complete Retreat Materials: 4. Complete Guided Meditations

By Candradasa on Mon, 18 Nov, 2013 - 14:18
Here is a set of the complete guided meditations (with introductions) from the Urban Retreat 2013, led by Vajragupta.

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Loving Kindness - Blazing Like The Sun
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Urban Retreat 2013, Complete Retreat Materials: 3. Complete Daily Videos

By Candradasa on Mon, 18 Nov, 2013 - 13:51

Urban Retreat 2013, Complete Retreat Materials: 3. Complete Daily Videos

By Candradasa on Mon, 18 Nov, 2013 - 13:51

Here’s the complete playlist of all the videos from the Urban Retreat 2013 on Loving Kindness. This includes all the daily teachings on video from Vajragupta, daily reflections from Subhdaramati, all of our Metta Highlights news films from around the world, and introductory talks, as well as a posture guide for meditation.

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Metta

By Vimalasara on Mon, 18 Nov, 2013 - 04:07
Day two is a meditation on metta, which is loving kindness. We explore cultivating loving kindness towards ourselves by listening to a song about the Metta Sutta. The source of the words of this song is unknown, though it is likely this song was developed from a teaching the Buddha gave on compassion and loving kindness (the Karaniya Metta Sutta). The music is arranged by Kate Munger the founder of the http://thresholdchoir.org/ and sung by the Songsters.

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