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Vishvapani on BBC Thought for the Day - Remembrance Day Meditation

Posted by Candradasa to Community Highlights on Sat, 9 Nov, 2013 - 17:00

Vishvapani on BBC Thought for the Day - Remembrance Day Meditation

Posted by Candradasa to Community Highlights on Sat, 9 Nov, 2013 - 17:00You can listen to this short talk via the BBC over on Vishvapani’s Wise Attention blog (you may need to be in the UK to hear it). You can also hear it from anywhere via the Thought For the Day podcast.

Remembrance Sunday is an invitation to find a space in our harried lives for a silent opening to all that war has meant for the country: a national meditation on what Wilfred...
Loving Kindness - Blazing Like The Sun
Loving Kindness - Blazing Like The Sun

Online-Only Events for the Urban Retreat

Posted by Candradasa to Loving Kindness - Blazing Like The Sun on Fri, 8 Nov, 2013 - 22:44

Online-Only Events for the Urban Retreat

Posted by Candradasa to Loving Kindness - Blazing Like The Sun on Fri, 8 Nov, 2013 - 22:44You may have seen in the program for the retreat that as well as hosting the retreat materials here, we’ll also be doing some online-only events designed to help bring awareness of the practice into that aspect of our daily lives. We can easily spend so much time online - it’s a challenge to find mindful ways to engage amid so much distraction! And, of course, not everyone is near a Buddhist Centre… So we’re interested in new...
Loving Kindness - Blazing Like The Sun
Loving Kindness - Blazing Like The Sun

Urban Retreat in Danish

Posted by Candradasa to Loving Kindness - Blazing Like The Sun on Fri, 8 Nov, 2013 - 20:58

Urban Retreat in Danish

Posted by Candradasa to Loving Kindness - Blazing Like The Sun on Fri, 8 Nov, 2013 - 20:58Further to Lokabandhu’s post yesterday about the Urban Retreat in German and Spanish, we’re delighted to pass on news that the retreat will also be available to Danish speakers, thanks to Advayasiddhi!

Urban Retreat 2013 på dansk
Loving Kindness - Blazing Like The Sun
Loving Kindness - Blazing Like The Sun

Urban Retreat Program (PDF version)

Posted by Candradasa to Loving Kindness - Blazing Like The Sun on Fri, 8 Nov, 2013 - 11:22
Here’s a PDF version of the program for the retreat to complement the online version.

A note on using Issuu (the rather nice way we embed documents on The Buddhist Centre Online): you can usually download by clicking the Issuu document and, when it opens full-screen, choosing the ‘share’ icon (top right)…
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Loving Kindness - Blazing Like The Sun
Loving Kindness - Blazing Like The Sun

Urban Retreat Online Program & Resources

Urban Retreat Online Program & Resources

Posted by Candradasa to Loving Kindness - Blazing Like The Sun on Wed, 6 Nov, 2013 - 23:45Here’s the full retreat program for the online version of the retreat. These resources are also for use by anyone taking part in the Urban Retreat around the world at their local Buddhist centre.

We’ve also included here details of the special web-only events we’ll be having as part of the retreat, including online meditation, Twitter Q & A and a Facebook discussion in our group there. Watch this space for more details!...
Online Meditators
Online Meditators

Online meditation for the Urban Retreat 2013!

Posted by Candradasa to Online Meditators on Wed, 6 Nov, 2013 - 22:46

Online meditation for the Urban Retreat 2013!

Posted by Candradasa to Online Meditators on Wed, 6 Nov, 2013 - 22:46Hi all, next week as part of the marvellous Urban Retreat on the theme of Metta (Loving Kindness) we’ll be having two online meditations focussing on that practice. The sessions will be on Tuesday 12th and Thursday 14th, and will last for one hour, with a 40-minute sit and 20 minutes or so at the end for discussion/questions.

The meditations will start sharply at 11am EST/ 4pm UK / 5pm Europe / 9.30pm Mumbai but...
Loving Kindness - Blazing Like The Sun
Loving Kindness - Blazing Like The Sun

Manidha and Alice - Poems on Metta

Posted by Manidha to Loving Kindness - Blazing Like The Sun on Wed, 6 Nov, 2013 - 19:21

Manidha and Alice - Poems on Metta

Posted by Manidha to Loving Kindness - Blazing Like The Sun on Wed, 6 Nov, 2013 - 19:21Manidha and Alice here from Seattle in the U.S. sharing a collection of poems we feel inspired by when we think about metta and its central importance for the life of the heart. Drawing on different religious and spiritual traditions the poems bring out some of the qualities of metta and of a person turning their effort towards cultivating loving kindness in their life.

This video was produced and read with the help of our friends...
Loving Kindness - Blazing Like The Sun
Loving Kindness - Blazing Like The Sun

The Karaniya Metta Sutta in Pali and English (with audio)

The Karaniya Metta Sutta in Pali and English (with audio)

Posted by Candradasa to Loving Kindness - Blazing Like The Sun on Wed, 6 Nov, 2013 - 19:09The Buddha recommended that alongside mindfulness practices, anyone wanting to see deeply into the nature of existence should have a regular and strong practice of kindness… Here is the source text for this revolutionary practice (minus a few diacritics!).

The English translation is by Ratnaprabha, the audio by Joe Richardson.

Listen to a talk on the sutta for the Urban Retreat 2013...
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Upekshadaka - On Metta (Loving Kindness)

Posted by Candradasa to Community Highlights on Tue, 5 Nov, 2013 - 16:46
A personal, moving short talk by Upekshadaka about his own struggles to practice loving kindness (‘metta’) towards himself and others. Evoking his work and his relationship with his father, we get a clearly felt sense of how vital and rewarding this meditation can be. Radical change as part of the everyday of our lives…

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The Karaniya Metta Sutta Chanted by Joe Richardson

Posted by Candradasa to Community Highlights on Mon, 4 Nov, 2013 - 17:21
And since we just posted Natalie Willmer’s excellent talk on the Karaniya Metta Sutta, here’s a beautiful recording of it! It’s the classic Buddhist source-text for Metta, or Loving-Kindness - and the theme of the upcoming Triratna Urban Retreat.

It was chanted in Pali by Joe Richardson at the end of Triratna’s 2012 International Retreat, as the Buddhafield team gathered under canvas at the end of the retreat. We’ve remastered it here and...

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