Eight Step Recovery - Using the Buddha's Teachings To Overcome Addiction
Eight Step Recovery - Using the Buddha's Teachings To Overcome Addiction

Mindfulness of breathing meditation

By Vimalasara on Thu, 5 Dec, 2013 - 05:25
Day 19 is a meditation on the breath, seeing the nature of thoughts. In the meditation we label our thoughts to help us disentangle from them and see their nature more clearly. When we catch ourselves caught up in our thoughts we can label it as thinking. This can help us let go of whatever it is we are caught up in. Have a day mind full of breath. The music has been composed by The Alaska None.
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Follow Kamalashila's Quarterly!

By Candradasa on Wed, 4 Dec, 2013 - 17:33

Follow Kamalashila's Quarterly!

By Candradasa on Wed, 4 Dec, 2013 - 17:33Over on our new Features space for original digital Dharma content we’ve just posted our first episode from what we hope will be a quarterly series with the wonderful Kamalashila

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Kamalashila's Quarterly No.1

By Candradasa on Wed, 4 Dec, 2013 - 17:25
A delightful conversation with Kamalashila, one of the most experienced meditation teachers in the Triratna Buddhist Order. This first interview of a proposed quarterly series was recorded in summer 2012 and affords some lovely insights into Kamalashila’s own history of practice as it interweaves with that of the Triratna Community since the early 1970s. A thought-provoking look back at the roots of our community, and an optimistic look forward in the light of many changes and new kinds of realities…
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Eight Step Recovery - Using the Buddha's Teachings To Overcome Addiction
Eight Step Recovery - Using the Buddha's Teachings To Overcome Addiction

Green Tara

By Vimalasara on Wed, 4 Dec, 2013 - 06:20
Day 18 is the Green Tara mantra. Like Avalokitesvara, Tara is especially associated with compassion – the quintessence of compassion. Remember she was born from his tears. When we chant the Tara mantra we can feel that we are contacting deep compassion. This compassion may be expressed in tears, in the feeling of your heart opening up, in the painful or pleasureable tone of your thoughts. You may feel that you are feeling nothing at all - this is okay...
Eight Step Recovery - Using the Buddha's Teachings To Overcome Addiction
Eight Step Recovery - Using the Buddha's Teachings To Overcome Addiction

May you be peaceful

By Vimalasara on Tue, 3 Dec, 2013 - 05:20
Day 17 is a song meditation on loving kindness, using phrases that are often used in loving kindness meditation. Loving kindness has a strong element of liking. Sometimes we can love people but don’t actually like them. This sometimes happens in our families. We love our parents or siblings but realize we don’t actually like them.. But to like someone, is to take love deeper. That is loving kindness. To like is to open up and accept ourselves and others...
Eight Step Recovery - Using the Buddha's Teachings To Overcome Addiction
Eight Step Recovery - Using the Buddha's Teachings To Overcome Addiction

Ocean breath

By Vimalasara on Mon, 2 Dec, 2013 - 04:26
Day 16 is a meditation on breathing, in which we can think of the breath as a Higher Power. When we connect to the breath our lives can change without us trying to change it. Although the Buddhist tradition has no place for God as a creator divinity as understood by the theistic traditions, there is nevertheless a clear and definite understanding of a supra-personal dimension, an “Other Power” in Buddhism. The breath can act as the groundwork for connecting...
Eight Step Recovery - Using the Buddha's Teachings To Overcome Addiction
Eight Step Recovery - Using the Buddha's Teachings To Overcome Addiction

A message from my co-author Paramabandu (week one meditations)

By Vimalasara on Mon, 2 Dec, 2013 - 04:18
Hello we’ve been excited by our 21 day meditation for recovery and busy lives. Apologies to those of you who joined our community this week and have not been able to find the first week of meditations. We have just posted them for you now. These meditations are our trailer for our book, Eight Step Recovery - Using The Buddha’s Teachings to Overcome Addiction. We wanted to produce a selection of meditations and reflections that are bite size in length,...
Eight Step Recovery - Using the Buddha's Teachings To Overcome Addiction
Eight Step Recovery - Using the Buddha's Teachings To Overcome Addiction

Padmasambhava mantra

By Vimalasara on Sun, 1 Dec, 2013 - 07:25
Welcome to those of you who have joined our community recently. And welcome back to some of you who have been busy doing other things. Day 15 is the Padmasambhava mantra. Padmasambhava is associated with taking Buddhism to Tibet and transforming demons. When we chant the Padmasambhava mantra we can think of our own demons – the difficult and often painful forces within us – being transformed. We can imagine asking Padmasambhava to help us with our struggles, freeing up...
Portsmouth Buddhist Center
Portsmouth Buddhist Center

Engage and Enjoy: Meditation Practice Morning

By viriyalila on Sat, 30 Nov, 2013 - 20:33

Engage and Enjoy: Meditation Practice Morning

By viriyalila on Sat, 30 Nov, 2013 - 20:33Cancelled/Postponed

Meditation becomes more effective and transformative when we give ourselves time to engage with and enjoy our practice. This morning will include helpful instruction for taking your practice deeper, based on your needs. For those familiar with the mindfulness of breathing and metta bhavana practices. Led by Suddhayu.

Saturday December 14, 9 - 1 pm

Please portsmouth [at] thebuddhistcenter.com (subject: Register%20for%20Dec%2014th%20Meditation%20workshop) (contact us) to register, offered by donation, $25-40...
Portsmouth Buddhist Center
Portsmouth Buddhist Center

Focusing Inwards: Meditation

By viriyalila on Sat, 30 Nov, 2013 - 16:38

Focusing Inwards: Meditation

By viriyalila on Sat, 30 Nov, 2013 - 16:38December Sangha Nights at the Portsmouth Buddhist Center will bring us deeper into the practice of meditation. Come experience the transformative possibilities that meditation brings.

Sangha Nights, Wednesdays 7 - 9 pm

Dec 4 Overcoming Difficulties in Meditation
Dec 11 What is Higher Consciousness?
Dec 18 Meditation Practice Evening
Dec 25 - No Sangha Gathering

Doors open at 6.45, meditation begins at 7 followed by Dharma presentation and discussion. All are welcome. Meditation support...

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