I recently interviewed Dhammarati about an emerging project about the system of training in Triratna. It goes by the name of Sikkha (with a long a), which is a Pali word meaning ‘spiritual training’. It is about deepening our understanding of what and how we practice and teach within the Triratna community, and developing an explicit shared framework to talk about it.
Here, Dhammarati reflects on what is essential in Buddhist practice: a growth of awareness which leads to positive and rich emotion and a move away...
We’re just starting a new series of Tuesday sits for experienced meditators. If you want to join our regular band of lovely friends from all around the world, come and connect!
Tuesdays, 2.30pm EST / 7.30pm UK
How to connect Add us to your circles on Google + and join the Hangout. We’ll be online 10 minutes before and we’ll sit for about 40 minutes, with an introduction and space for optional discussion afterwards.
This summer (2016) join us on Sundays, 10 am-12 pm, for meditation and lively discussion of the book “The Journey and the Guide.” Basic meditation instruction provided for beginners. All are welcome! Offered by donation.
“Building on the success of Life with Full Attention, Maitreyabandhu offers a profoundly useful work on how to practice Buddhism in everyday life. Using examples from the life of the Buddha, Maitreyabandhu provides an easily understood outline of the spiritual life of Buddhists in...
Meditate in the Park for Peace - 26 June 2016 in your local park
for Nuclear Disarmament & for Investment in Renewables and Green Jobs
In 2016, parliament will vote whether to replace and modernise the UK’s nuclear weapons system called Trident. It’s made up of four submarines – one of which is on patrol at all times - carrying up to 40 nuclear warheads on board. Each of these warheads is eight times more powerful than the atomic bomb which was dropped on Hiroshima.
Dhammarati - in conversation here with Dhammamegha - is one of the most experienced members of the Triratna College of Public Preceptors having chaired it for over ten years. Here he talks about his long sabbatical after leaving that job - a rich, deep time that encompassed post-Impressionist galleries in New York and lengthy solitary retreats in California and in Wales.
Buddhists down the millennia have always found ways to bring there practise into daily life and there daily life into there practise. We will spend a day looking and experiencing two iconic ways which have been elevated to both a high art and express the deepest spiritual values of both Buddhist and Taoist traditions.
Both Bonsai (the art of ornamental and miniature trees) and the Tea ceremony have played a significant roll in Buddhist practise. The tea ceremony exemplifies Mindfulness, Bonsai expresses...
In the last of our audio interviews from the March 2016 Preceptors’ College meeting, Satyaraja and Kamalashila share some reflections about their personal practice of meditation. It’s a lovely discussion between two people who are dedicated to meditation as a key way to work with the mind and discover more deeply the nature of it. We hear particularly about the devotional aspects of meditation, which is another way into the idea of insight itself. And about meditation retreats - solitary and...