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Being Divine Online: Q & A with Ratnavandana on the Brahma Viharas (The Dharma Toolkit Daily, Episode 20)

By Centre Team on Tue, 28 Apr, 2020 - 01:58

Loving Kindness (Metta)
Compassion (Karuna)
Joyful Resonance (Mudita)
Equanimity (Upekkha)

This week on the podcast we’re in full-on love mode with our Home Retreat: Being Divine Online

Our guide to the series of meditations in focus - the Brahma Viharas - is Ratnavandana, and in this special episode recorded live online she’s in discussion about a practice that has been one of the touchstones of her life. 

The sense of someone choosing to dwell inside a mythic vision of...

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Reflections on Metta - Being Divine Online home retreat

By Maitrisiddhi on Sun, 26 Apr, 2020 - 09:52

Reflections on Metta - Being Divine Online home retreat

By Maitrisiddhi on Sun, 26 Apr, 2020 - 09:52

‘Living in the Mandala: The Brahma Viharas’ retreat would have been happening at Taraloka retreat centre now - April 2020 - but then there was lockdown! So I thought I’d share some personal reflections around my own current practice of the Brahma Viharas to complement Ratnavandana’s online retreat.   

There’ll be a few more coming! 

love Maitrisiddhi 

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Metta like the sun - Being Divine Online Home Retreat: Day 2

By kusaladevi on Sat, 25 Apr, 2020 - 09:10

Metta like the sun - Being Divine Online Home Retreat: Day 2

By kusaladevi on Sat, 25 Apr, 2020 - 09:10

In today’s Notes on the Metta Bhavana on the Being Divine Online home retreat, Ratnavandana speaks of Metta as being both a natural state that is present when we relax and open...

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Welcome - Being Divine Online Home Retreat: Day 1

By Sadayasihi on Fri, 24 Apr, 2020 - 11:20

Welcome - Being Divine Online Home Retreat: Day 1

By Sadayasihi on Fri, 24 Apr, 2020 - 11:20

As the end of another week approaches, it’s always a good moment to take stock of things. It’s the end of yet another week of lockdown for many of us across the world - another week of re-adjusting to the new normal: of social distancing but increasing online connection. And it’s vital in making that transition that we bring all the Dharmic tools we can with us so that our online connections are rich and satisfying.

So for this home retreat...

North London Buddhist Centre
North London Buddhist Centre

Metta Day on Sunday

By Ratnaprabha on Thu, 23 Apr, 2020 - 11:40

Metta Day on Sunday

By Ratnaprabha on Thu, 23 Apr, 2020 - 11:40

Metta Day with Karunagita & Maitrisambhava

This Sunday 26 April, a free day, but you need to book, and please donate if you can, £30 suggested.

A nourishing day retreat at home, immersed in metta, the intention of friendliness, kindness or unconditional love. During the day Maitrisambhava and Karunagita will lead four online sessions of about an hour using Zoom. Meditation, gentle bodywork, teaching and discussion, also touching on Karuna (compassion) and Mudita (joy). These sessions will...

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Free eBook this week is Living with Kindness

By dhammamegha on Mon, 20 Apr, 2020 - 14:25

Free eBook this week is Living with Kindness

By dhammamegha on Mon, 20 Apr, 2020 - 14:25

‘This is what should be done by one who is skilled in goodness, and who knows the path to peace…’

These are the opening lines of the Karaniya Metta Sutta, the discourse on loving kindness. This is the sutta that introduces the loving kindness or Metta Bhāvanā meditation practice. 

This week’s Windhorse Publications eBook giveaway is a commentary by Sangharakshita on this beautiful and practical guide to living a competent, ethical and liberating life. The book is Living with Kindness. You can download it here until...

North London Buddhist Centre
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Morning meditation on Saturdays

By Ratnaprabha on Fri, 17 Apr, 2020 - 10:01

Morning meditation on Saturdays

By Ratnaprabha on Fri, 17 Apr, 2020 - 10:01

10:15 for 10:30 am meditation every Saturday

Suitable for new and experienced meditators. Karunagita leading this week (18 April.)
Zoom login each week.  Donate here, £5 or more suggested.

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Only One Thing Among Many - Sailing the Worldly Winds Home Retreat Day 7

By Sadayasihi on Thu, 9 Apr, 2020 - 12:52

Only One Thing Among Many - Sailing the Worldly Winds Home Retreat Day 7

By Sadayasihi on Thu, 9 Apr, 2020 - 12:52

“Everything arises in dependence on conditions”. Even if you are relatively new to Buddhism you might be familiar with this concept (often summarised as ‘conditionality’) and even if you are not, it makes sense, in the way that the law of gravity makes sense. But do we live as if we believed that everything arises in dependence on conditions? Or do we secretly believe that if we can sort out the world around us, fix it somehow, nothing bad will...

North London Buddhist Centre
North London Buddhist Centre

NLBC Meditation through the week -- no charge.Yoga too.

By Ratnaprabha on Thu, 2 Apr, 2020 - 12:01

NLBC Meditation through the week -- no charge.Yoga too.

By Ratnaprabha on Thu, 2 Apr, 2020 - 12:01

Lunchtime meditation classes

13:00-14:00, Monday to Friday every week.
To join please click here (meeting ID 113 425 476) at 13:00 for a 1-hour class on Zoom.  Donate here.

The usual leaders will be:
Mon Lalitaraja or Chandrasurya
Tue Suvarnajyoti 
Wed Maitripushpa
Thur Santva
Fri Karunagita or Sumana

Before the Wednesday lunchtime meditation, Maitripushpa will teach a yoga for meditation class at 12:00, and after at 15:00 a yin yoga class. There’s a charge for the...

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Introducing meditation at Lunchtime

By Ratnaprabha on Thu, 26 Mar, 2020 - 21:28

Introducing meditation at Lunchtime

By Ratnaprabha on Thu, 26 Mar, 2020 - 21:28

Lunchtime introductory meditation classes on Friday (tomorrow), Monday and Tuesday

To join please click here (meeting ID 113 425 476) at 1pm on Mon, Tue, Thu or Fri for a 1-hour class on Zoom. Donate here, £5 suggested.

We have a class every weekday, the Zoom logins may be different for the Wednesday class, but watch this space!

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