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Complete Archive Of Teaching On The Brahma Viharas

Posted by Candradasa to Community Highlights on Fri, 17 Apr, 2015 - 18:57

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...

Free Buddhist Audio
Free Buddhist Audio

Dharmabyte: The Boundlessness of Metta

Posted by Rijupatha to Free Buddhist Audio on Mon, 13 Apr, 2015 - 15:08

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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...

Earth Metta Sangha
Earth Metta Sangha

International Sangha Statement on Climate Change > add your name

Posted by Christine to Earth Metta Sangha on Mon, 13 Apr, 2015 - 09:35

International Sangha Statement on Climate Change > add your name

Posted by Christine to Earth Metta Sangha on Mon, 13 Apr, 2015 - 09:35

Please add your name to the International Sangha Statement on Climate Change! Note there are separate fields for sangha members and Dharma teachers. Metta for all beings <3 <3 <3

http://www.oneearthsangha.org/articles/dharma-teachers-statement-on-clim…

Bristol Buddhist Centre
Bristol Buddhist Centre

Day 7: Guided Brahma Viharas Meditation (With Notes on Bhavana)

Posted by Centre Team to Bristol Buddhist Centre on Sat, 11 Apr, 2015 - 20:27

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.

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FBA Podcast: Introduction to the Brahma Viharas

Posted by Rijupatha to Free Buddhist Audio on Sat, 11 Apr, 2015 - 10:50

FBA Podcast: Introduction to the Brahma Viharas

Posted by Rijupatha to Free Buddhist Audio on Sat, 11 Apr, 2015 - 10:50

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We are delighted to share this week’s FBA Podcast entitled, “Introduction to the Brahma Viharas.” Here, Ratnavandana beautifully introduces the Brahma Viharas as an integrated set of practices flowing from metta – loving kindness. Her central image is that of a tree, deep rooted and spreading its canopy wide as she evokes a profound, personal connection to the cultivation of the sublime...

Compassion In Action
Compassion In Action

Why 'Compassion In Action'?

Posted by mokshini to Compassion In Action on Mon, 6 Apr, 2015 - 17:31

Why 'Compassion In Action'?

Posted by mokshini to Compassion In Action on Mon, 6 Apr, 2015 - 17:31

Compassion In Action is our new community space for the ongoing sharing that started life as ‘Beyond BAM’ (‘Beyond Buddhist Action Month’)!

Essentially, this space is about metta: the quality of unconditional loving-kindness, a key value in our Triratna community as it is in all Buddhist traditions. The Triratna Buddhist Community aims to be a force for the good in the world, and all we do is dedicated to benefiting...

Bristol Buddhist Centre
Bristol Buddhist Centre

Day 3: Notes on Love - Approaching the Metta Bhavana

Posted by Centre Team to Bristol Buddhist Centre on Tue, 17 Mar, 2015 - 17:29
Some lovely, personal notes on the core practice in the Brahma Viharas sequence - the cultivation of loving kindness (metta), which is said to glow, shine and blaze forth like the sun… From Rumi and Subhuti to the Itivuttaka, we hear about how love transforms both self and world in ways extraordinary and everyday.

The short guided meditation and initial notes are by Ratnavandana. The main talk is by Jvalamalini.

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Bristol Buddhist Centre
Bristol Buddhist Centre

consciousness & metta quote

Posted by jvalamalini to Bristol Buddhist Centre on Sat, 14 Mar, 2015 - 14:25

There is good reason to believe, intuitively at least if not on the basis of hard evidence, that the very nature of consciousness is a well-spring of loving kindness. It is said that the very quality of Buddha Nature is that of inexhaustible love, and it is already there.

from ‘Boundless Heart’

Alan Wallace
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Dharmabyte: Experiencing Suffering

Posted by Rijupatha to Free Buddhist Audio on Mon, 9 Mar, 2015 - 14:19
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Today’s FBA Dharmabyte is titled: Experiencing Suffering. Stay in the gap with our difficult emotions to be with one’s suffering – this is the place of the spiritual warrior. From the talk “The Defects and Dangers of Samsara”, by Maitreyi, the final talk in a five-part series from Tiratanaloka’s retreat on the ‘Four Mind...
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Dharmabyte: The Story of Self

Posted by Rijupatha to Free Buddhist Audio on Mon, 2 Mar, 2015 - 10:50
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Today’s FBA Dharmabyte is titled “The Story of Self”. From the talk “Suffering and Joy – Compost For Love” by Dayajoti, given during the setup for Buddhafield Festival 2013 (theme ‘Fire in the Heart’) on the Four Brahma Viharas. Includes a reading of the Mallikaa Sutta...

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