Day two is a meditation on metta, which is loving kindness. We explore cultivating loving kindness towards ourselves by listening to a song about the Metta Sutta.The source of the words of this song is unknown, though it is likely this song was developed from a teaching the Buddha gave on compassion and loving kindness (the Karaniya Metta Sutta). The music is arranged by Kate Munger the founder of the http://thresholdchoir.org/ and sung by the Songsters.
By Centre Team on Sun, 17 Nov, 2013 - 13:31Well folks, we’re drawing to a close here on the online space for this year’s Urban Retreat. It’s been a wonderful week and on the team we’ve loved being in touch with all those who took part here - as Vajragupta said, thanks so much for all of your efforts and engagement and the generally beautiful spirit in which this online retreat has been conducted.
We wanted to finish with a few posts that we hope will...
By vajragupta on Sat, 16 Nov, 2013 - 13:26We’re nearly at the end of this urban retreat… Thank you to you all for your participation, your engagement, your posts and contributions, shrine photos, and for the way all this has been flavoured and pervaded by metta!
The Clear Vision team was commissioned by Triratna’s European Chairs’ Assembly to make a series of five short videos for the online Urban Retreat about Triratna people and projects expressing metta in daily life.
These five videos, released one a day this week, are now viewable as a 38-minute compilation.
Camerawork mainly by Upekshapriya and Graham Dellow; most of the editing by Graham. (Wobbly iPhone camerawork by Munisha and a kind Russian volunteer.)
By Candradasa on Fri, 15 Nov, 2013 - 14:58Hi everyone, please join us in an hour’s time if you can for the live Facebook group discussion on the topic ‘Metta In The Face Of World Problems’… How does the work of this urban retreat - and of developing loving kindness in our lives - relate (if at all) to the scale of kinds of issues we face today? Typhoons in the Phillipines, global warming, the war on terror, etc. Is it possible to face these things...
By vajragupta on Fri, 15 Nov, 2013 - 10:42Clear Vision have produced this 38 minute film – a compilation of all the five short films that we’ve been showing over the week edited into one video… If you want to download it easily (for example, for showing at a Centre or group) then you can do that here.
An absolutely beautiful piece of chanting from the Young Buddhists weekend at Adhisthana as part of the Urban Retreat. Rather amazingly this has been listened to over 1000 times in less than half a day!
By Candradasa on Sat, 9 Nov, 2013 - 17:11If you didn’t already catch this during the week, here’s a great video from Manidha and Alice in Seattle, USA using poems from different spiritual traditions to explore what metta (loving kindness) is!
By Candradasa 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...
By Candradasa 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...