A gem of a conversation with Maitripala, from Melbourne (via Emerald City) in Australia, describing her beautiful practice of Metta Walks across the continent and the Buddhas In My Pocket project that has grown up around it. Her evocation of a modern day pilgrimage, engaging with strangers and sharing moments of deep connection and mutual kindness, is guaranteed to put a smile on your face. A shining example of living out the image of Indra’s Net, where every...
Rounding off the opening day of the 2016 Triratna International Council, a treat from the team of members of the Order representing India. The Karaniya Metta Sutta - source of the loving kindness practice central to Triratna’s approach to Buddhism and meditation - chanted beautifully in the gathering dark at Adhisthana.
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.
Here are the photo posters of nearly all of the Triratna Sanghas around the world which are taking part in the Urban Retreat 2015. Many thanks to Rijupatha from the team at Dharmachakra (who are behind The Buddhist Centre Online and Free Buddhist Audio) for creating it!
There are two versions as you will see - version one is a multi-sheet A4PDF that can be printed out on a home printer, and then stuck on some card to create...
Self-Compassion - Learning to Turn Loving-kindness Inwards Vajra Bell is the quarterly journal from Triratna in North America, based out of Aryaloka Retreat Center in New Hampshire. In this issue, some moving and thought-provoking evocations of loving kindness and its radical effect - often in unexpected ways!
Love is a force affecting a miraculous transformation. Our FBA Dharmabyte today is called “Love and Emptiness” by Padmavajra. This is the first in a five part series by Padmavajra on all aspects of the Metta Bhavana practice and ‘The Great Love’ in Buddhist discourse and practice – from metta (loving kindness) itself to Bodhichitta. His starting point here is to source notions of love in traditional teaching from the Pali Canon and...
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!
Ratnavandana has given much of her later life to the cultivation and teaching of Brahma Viharas meditation - helping inspire many people to move towards spending more of their time in the ‘divine abodes’ of love, compassion, sympathetic joy and equanimity.
Here is the complete archive of teaching from her Spring 2015 Rainy Season retreat in Bristol, UK. The theme was ‘Living In The Mandala’, looking at the Brahma Viharas in the context of the five Buddha mandala. Talks, readings, guided...
In today’s FBA Dharmabyte, “The Boundlessness of Metta”, Jvalamalini gives a very personal and helpful take on the metta bhavana (loving kindness) practice, recounting her history with it and the kinds of areas she has worked with over the years in order to learn to love herself and others as deeply as she can. Here she speaks on...
Ratnavandana introduces and guides us through a composite practice of all four Brahma Viharas at once - loving kindness, compassion, sympathetic joy, equanimity.
She sets the scene perfectly with an introduction to the notion of cultivation/development within the context of a Buddhist spiritual life, showing how each of these qualities may be called forth whenever needed in the face of our experience, just as the flower is called forth from the seed in springtime.