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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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Taraloka Retreat Centre

Tonglen Retreat: Tuesday

By saddhanandi on Tue, 25 Mar, 2014 - 06:54

Tonglen Retreat: Tuesday

By saddhanandi on Tue, 25 Mar, 2014 - 06:54The sky is heavy and grey with cloud, which is interesting as we’re in the middle phase of the retreat and it can be a time when people can hit more resistance, so it’s as if the sky is reflecting that back to us after the bright clear skies of yesterday.

The thankha of four-armed Avalokitesvara, hanging above the shrine, is reflecting back a different perspective and Ratnavandana drew this out in the readings in last night’s puja.

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Tonglen Retreat Day 3 - Self-Tonglen Led Meditation

By Centre Team on Mon, 24 Mar, 2014 - 17:17
A led meditation from Day Three of the 2014 Spring Tonglen Retreat at Taraloka.

Self-tonglen: First turning towards your own experience, then towards the unsatisfactory aspects and later to the joyful aspects. You end by simply being in a space of open awareness.

This meditation can also be downloaded at Free Buddhist Audio
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Tonglen retreat, day 3: self-tonglen

By Yashobodhi on Mon, 24 Mar, 2014 - 14:42
On day three of the tonglen retreat here at Taraloka, self-tonglen takes centre stage.

At the start of her talk Saddhanandi refers to one of the seven point mind training slogans: ‘begin the sequence of sending and taking with yourself’. We start by turning towards what’s going on in our experience right now.

Here’s a link to download the talk on Free Buddhist Audio: http://www.freebuddhistaudio.com/audio/details?num=LOC1952

And to download the guided practice Saddhanandi led...
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Tonglen Retreat: Monday

By saddhanandi on Mon, 24 Mar, 2014 - 08:55

Tonglen Retreat: Monday

By saddhanandi on Mon, 24 Mar, 2014 - 08:55A bright hard frost this morning, after a clear starry night. The wind has dropped and it’s absolutely still.

At 11am, I’ll be presenting Tonglen in relation to ‘self’. I’ve been remembering a period of time when I was quite new to meditation, and how I had to face certain uncomfortable truths about myself: five hard years of going on retreat acknowledging what was really happening! But the work that I did on myself during those years has become...
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Tonglen Retreat Day 2 - Led Meditation

By Centre Team on Sun, 23 Mar, 2014 - 17:37
Saddhanandi leads us into a heart space of open awareness in this led meditation from Day Two of the 2014 Spring Tonglen Retreat at Taraloka.

The led meditation can also be downloaded on Free Buddhist Audio.
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tonglen

By Yashobodhi on Sun, 23 Mar, 2014 - 14:54
“In an instant both that cloud of misery and the darkness of one’s
self-centredness mutually extinguish each other, leaving not a trace of either behind.”
Allan Wallace
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Tonglen Retreat Day 2 - "Creating a Bigger Container" by Saddhanandi

By Yashobodhi on Sun, 23 Mar, 2014 - 14:49
Earlier today Saddhanandi talked about creating a bigger container to engage with the suffering in the world. She mentioned the support of spacious, open awareness, connecting with your heart-wish and your relationship with the Buddha. Saddhanandi speaks about how to create a broader perspective, to give us the capacity to turn towards whatever is happening.

Click to download the talk from Free Buddhist Audio: http://www.freebuddhistaudio.com/audio/details?num=LOC1949

You can also download the meditation she led afterwards...
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Tonglen Retreat: Sunday

By saddhanandi on Sun, 23 Mar, 2014 - 13:06

Tonglen Retreat: Sunday

By saddhanandi on Sun, 23 Mar, 2014 - 13:06The day started with two meditations, held within the silence of early morning - dawn rises quietly in front of the large shrine room windows at Taraloka.

At 11am, I focused on the teaching of the Absolute Bodhicitta. In Tonglen it is sometimes called the stage of ‘Flashing Bodhicitta’. It’s taken me a few years to relate to this aspect of the practice as I’m such a practical sort-of-girl and I need things to be concrete and tangible! But...
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Taraloka Retreat Centre

Tonglen: personal connection, history and overview

By Yashobodhi on Sat, 22 Mar, 2014 - 14:48
In her first presentation on the Tonglen retreat, Saddhanandi tells us about her personal connection to the practice. She also goes into some history of the practice, places it in the context of the seven point mind training and gives an overview.

You can also download this talk on Free Buddhist Audio: http://www.freebuddhistaudio.com/audio/details?num=LOC1947

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