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...
We continue our six week series of Tuesday meditations based on the Anuruddha Sutta and the Buddha’s description of how the qualities of a Dharma farer relate to the practices they engage in - especially in meditation itself.
This week we’ll be going into the idea of the connection between discerning our relationship to others and our ability to respond with kindness to whatever arises between us and them. A quietly transformational practice where ‘us’ and ‘them’ begins to shift into...
This Dhamma is for one who is reclusive, not for one who is entangled.’ Thus was it said. With reference to what was it said? There is the case where a person, when living in seclusion, is visited by persons, nuns, lay men, lay women, kings, royal ministers, sectarians & their disciples. With their mind bent on seclusion, tending toward seclusion, inclined toward seclusion, aiming at seclusion, relishing renunciation, they converse with them only as much as is necessary
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!
Altruism through local beautification: the grand Dharma litter-pick!
After a dedication ritual at the Centre, we’ll go to Ponderosa Park for a few hours of mindful litter-picking. Materials will be provided by Council, including gloves. Please dress appropriately for changeable weather, and bring drink/ snacks/ lunch.
Led by Amoghavamsa with support from Karaniya Metta Kula.
Join sangha friends to rejoice in the wonders of spring-time!
Yatra is the traditional term for walking together on a spiritual journey. We’ll experiment with various practices in order to deepen our contact with Nature; with other beings; and with the present moment.
Bring comforts of nourishment (lunch, water, snacks) and warmth (possibly for outdoor meditation). Meet at Grindelford station café @ 10:00 on Sun. May 17th. Duration can be decided at the time, minimum of 2 hours.
Contact christine.thuring [at] gmail.com with questions....
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...