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Buddhist insights into veganism by Ratnaprabha - in French and English

By Charlotte Lawes on Sun, 19 Mar, 2017 - 15:45

Buddhist insights into veganism by Ratnaprabha - in French and English

By Charlotte Lawes on Sun, 19 Mar, 2017 - 15:45

Vegan Fashion Venture recently interviewed Ratnaprabha (West London Buddhist Centre) about the relationship between Buddhism, meditation and veganism.

Read the full article and watch the interview on the website. The recording is in English with French subtitles. The script is available in English and in French.

Here is a little extract:

“When I think about Buddhism and veganism, it makes me think first of all about just how crucial from a Buddhist point of view it is to practise non-harming of living beings. It...

Triratna Resources
Triratna Resources

Dharma Teaching - Beginners Meditation: Introductions to the Metta Bhavana

By Centre Team on Sat, 16 Jul, 2016 - 23:24

Introducing Metta Bhavana is a highly-polished 32-page guide to the Metta Bhavana developed by Ruchiraketu in 2004. He introduces it thus:

Introduction
The ideas given in Introducing Metta Bhavana are to give practical tips for designing experiential exercises while introducing Metta Bhavana to newcomers. I hope they will stimulate more experimentation with an experiential approach to learning.

They are not a complete course in themselves but are provided to supplement whatever teaching you might normally do. Adapt them to suit your own style and purposes. They...

The Urban Retreat 2015 - November 21-28
The Urban Retreat 2015 - November 21-28

List of Triratna Buddhist Centres and practice groups taking part in the Urban Retreat

By mokshini on Sat, 24 Oct, 2015 - 16:40

Dublin/Eire; 

Lllangollen/Wales; 

Glasgow, Fife, Highlands /Scotland; 

Ghent/Belgium

Amsterdam, Arnhem/Holland; 

Krakow/Poland; 

Stockholm/Sweden; 

Valencia /Spain; 

Berlin, Essen, Minden/Germany; 

Helsinki/Finland; 

Oslo/ Norway; 

Adhisthana, Birmingham, Bridport, Brighton, Bristol, Cambridge, Colchester, Croydon, Eastbourne, Exeter, Great Yarmouth, Ipswich, Leeds, Manchester, Newcastle, North London, Reading, Sheffield, Shrewsbury, West London/UK

Istanbul/Turkey; 

Paris/France; 

Moscow/Russia; 

Adelaide, Kempsey Macleay Valley, Port Fairy, Sydney/Australia;  

San Francisco, Aryaloka, Portsmouth, Seattle /USA.  

Mexico City/Mexico

Please help keep the Urban Retreat free...

Buddhist Action Month 2015
Buddhist Action Month 2015

Earth Evening - Young Buddhists Group in Dublin

By Sadayasihi on Mon, 6 Jul, 2015 - 09:36

Earth Evening - Young Buddhists Group in Dublin

By Sadayasihi on Mon, 6 Jul, 2015 - 09:36

Clodagh Gray reports on the “Earth Evening: Practicing for the Planet” Young Buddhist Group meeting which looked at some of the big challenges of our time and how we can respond together as a Sangha to these issues:-

On Friday the 26th of June, coming towards the close of BAM, the Young Buddhist Group congregated in the DBC for a very special theme ‘Practicing  for the Planet.’  As usual the atmosphere in the Centre on the Friday evening was warm and full of...

Buddhist Action Month 2015
Buddhist Action Month 2015

Kamalashila - Metta Bhavana for Buddhist Action Month (BAM) 2015

By Free Buddhist Audio on Fri, 12 Jun, 2015 - 17:51

Kamalashila introduces an evening on ‘The Buddha In Nature’ with a Metta Bhavana meditation (‘Cultivation of Loving Kindness’) with an emphasis on letting the breath do the work and allowing a natural feeling of goodwill to flow. 

Recorded in Portsmouth, NH, USA, as part of BAM 2015!

Bristol Buddhist Centre
Bristol Buddhist Centre

Day 3: Notes on Love - Approaching the Metta Bhavana

By Centre Team on Tue, 17 Mar, 2015 - 17:29
Some lovely, personal notes on the core practice in the Brahma Viharas sequence - the cultivation of loving kindness (metta), which is said to glow, shine and blaze forth like the sun… From Rumi and Subhuti to the Itivuttaka, we hear about how love transforms both self and world in ways extraordinary and everyday.

The short guided meditation and initial notes are by Ratnavandana. The main talk is by Jvalamalini.

View all posts from ‘Living In...
Online Meditators
Online Meditators

Refreshing The Heart - Week 3

By Candradasa on Mon, 3 Nov, 2014 - 14:43

Refreshing The Heart - Week 3

By Candradasa on Mon, 3 Nov, 2014 - 14:43This week as part of our four-week Tuesday course on bringing back a bit of emotional shine to our meditation we’ll be looking at ways to work creatively within the Metta Bhavana practice, and how these can help us keep our emotional positivity going outside of formal meditation when, perhaps, we most need it…

NB. This week we’ll be back to our normal time of 2.30pm EST/7.30pm UK. See here...
Norwich Buddhist Centre
Norwich Buddhist Centre

Vajraguptā on mettā (loving-kindness)

By Maitrisingha on Fri, 17 Oct, 2014 - 11:16

Vajraguptā on mettā (loving-kindness)

By Maitrisingha on Fri, 17 Oct, 2014 - 11:16The third in a series of short Dharma talks by Vajraguptā. In this video she talks about the importance of self-mettā, before going in to exploring all 5 stages of the mettā bhavana meditation.

More to come. Watch this space!

Portsmouth Buddhist Center
Portsmouth Buddhist Center

The Art of Meditation: Loving Kindness

By viriyalila on Thu, 21 Aug, 2014 - 21:55

The Art of Meditation: Loving Kindness

By viriyalila on Thu, 21 Aug, 2014 - 21:55Meditation is really very simple, and it can prove a greatly helpful tool in anyone’s life if they choose to make it a part of what they do. Our next Introductory workshop is on Sunday, September 7, 12-3 pm with Khemavassika. On this workshop participants will learn the ‘Development of Loving Kindness’ (Metta Bhavana) meditation. This is a traditional Buddhist meditation aimed at opening up to greater kindness, love, empathy and compassion. You do not need to be a Buddhist...
Free Buddhist Audio
Free Buddhist Audio

Dharmabyte: Fill Your Heart With Love

By Rijupatha on Thu, 21 Aug, 2014 - 18:53
In today’s FBA Dharmabyte, “Fill your Heart with Love,” Vanaraji shares a personal story of learning that if you fill your heart with love, there’s no room for anything else. The full talk, “The Metta Sutta” was given at the Women’s Night Class at the LBC on July 12th 2012 and includes a lovely reading of the sutra.

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