Dhanakosa Buddhist Retreat Centre
Dhanakosa Buddhist Retreat Centre

This Being, led meditation 4

By Yashobodhi on Wed, 9 Apr, 2014 - 09:57
Yesterday afternoon, Nayaka led a beautiful reflection on the five kandhas (or skandhas in Sanskrit). I thought his exploration was very clear, interesting and insightful.. A particular interesting part for me was that he had us playing with the skandha of cogntion, saññā. Thoroughly recommended.
Dhanakosa Buddhist Retreat Centre
Dhanakosa Buddhist Retreat Centre

This Being, led meditation 3

By Yashobodhi on Tue, 8 Apr, 2014 - 14:32
In a led meditation Dhivan guides us along some aspects of the structure of our experience.
Dhanakosa Buddhist Retreat Centre
Dhanakosa Buddhist Retreat Centre

This Being, led meditation 2

By Yashobodhi on Tue, 8 Apr, 2014 - 14:07
A meditation led by myself investigating body, the six senses, contact and feeling in our experience.
Dhanakosa Buddhist Retreat Centre
Dhanakosa Buddhist Retreat Centre

This Being, led meditation 1

By Yashobodhi on Tue, 8 Apr, 2014 - 10:24
A led reflection by Dhivan on the first day of the retreat.
Portsmouth Buddhist Center
Portsmouth Buddhist Center

April 12: Introduction to Meditation

By viriyalila on Sat, 29 Mar, 2014 - 13:00

April 12: Introduction to Meditation

By viriyalila on Sat, 29 Mar, 2014 - 13:00Our next Introduction to Meditation will be on April 12th, 10-1 pm. In this session we will be teaching the Mindfulness of Breathing meditation. A simple, straightforward meditation practice that develops greater calmness and concentration. Led by Narottama, $40-$20 suggested donation.
Taraloka Retreat Centre
Taraloka Retreat Centre

Tonglen Retreat, Day 6, Being Present

By Yashobodhi on Thu, 27 Mar, 2014 - 13:27
On the last full day of the Tonglen order retreat, Saddhanandi talks about being present as a ground for deepening understanding and as an incentive to deepen our motivation.

Download the talk on Free Buddhist Audio
Taraloka Retreat Centre
Taraloka Retreat Centre

Tonglen Retreat: Thursday

By saddhanandi on Wed, 26 Mar, 2014 - 18:30

Tonglen Retreat: Thursday

By saddhanandi on Wed, 26 Mar, 2014 - 18:30It’s hard to believe it’s the last full day of the retreat and that we’ll be coming out of silence very soon. It’s now a process of holding the retreat steady whilst we begin to meet the transition phase of ‘leaving’. Meanwhile, I’m trying to work out what I need to say at 11am.

I’ve been reflecting on an extract from one of Sangharakshita’s seminars: ‘A common misapprehension is to think of ‘Insight’ in abstract terms, but the ‘Truth...
Taraloka Retreat Centre
Taraloka Retreat Centre

Tonglen retreat day 5: Remembering the bodhichitta in everyday life

By Yashobodhi on Wed, 26 Mar, 2014 - 14:59
This is a talk Yashobodhi gave on day five of the Order Tonglen Retreat at Taraloka. She talks about her personal connection to the tonglen practice and the seven point mind-training and about practising tonglen in the moment. She also addresses the issue of difficulties with people, tying it in with the mind-training slogan of ‘be grateful to everyone and everything’, as other people provide you with the opportunity to go beyond ego. After the talk Yashobodhi led the tonglen...
Taraloka Retreat Centre
Taraloka Retreat Centre

Tonglen Retreat: Wednesday

By saddhanandi on Wed, 26 Mar, 2014 - 10:02

Tonglen Retreat: Wednesday

By saddhanandi on Wed, 26 Mar, 2014 - 10:02Bright clear blue skies, the earth covered in dew and the magnolia trees are just coming into blossom. It’s a beautiful spring morning and by 9am the solar panels are already heating up the hot water.

Many years ago, when I was manager of the Operations Team at Taraloka, I attended a small study retreat for women teachers. During those nine days we looked at the Four Foundation Yogas, or Mula Yogas, which form the basis of Tibetan spiritual...
Taraloka Retreat Centre
Taraloka Retreat Centre

Tonglen retreat, day 4: Tonglen for Others

By Yashobodhi on Tue, 25 Mar, 2014 - 14:26
On day four of the Spring Tonglen Retreat at Taraloka Saddhanandi talks about tonglen for others. She describes how the breath helps us to breathe in and turn towards what we usually ignore, resist or block to defend ourselves from the suffering we see in others. When we’re breathing out we’re offering something we usually protect or isolate for our own use. So on the out-breath we’re sharing our resources in response to the suffering we encounter in our lives.
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