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Letting Go - Sailing the Worldly Winds Home Retreat Day 6

By kusaladevi on Wed, 8 Apr, 2020 - 18:22

Letting Go - Sailing the Worldly Winds Home Retreat Day 6

By kusaladevi on Wed, 8 Apr, 2020 - 18:22

In today’s reflection Vajragupta encourages us to identify negative thoughts and emotions in meditation and let them go. “Ah yes”, I thought to myself as I read this reflection, “let them go”… but then I realised this phrase has quite a particular meaning for me. I often use this phrase, to myself or when speaking to others - let go - what does it really mean and how can we actually practice it? Vajragupta does explain this when...

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Only Possibilities - Sailing the Worldly Winds Home Retreat Day 5

By Sadayasihi on Tue, 7 Apr, 2020 - 12:37

Only Possibilities - Sailing the Worldly Winds Home Retreat Day 5

By Sadayasihi on Tue, 7 Apr, 2020 - 12:37

Today, like every other day, we wake up empty
and frightened. Don’t open the door to the study
and begin reading. Take down a musical instrument.
Let the beauty we love be what we do.
There are hundreds of ways to kneel and kiss the ground. 


- Rumi, translated by Coleman Barks with John Moyne

This beautiful poem by Rumi popped into my head when I was reflecting on today’s home retreat material, which is about...

North London Buddhist Centre
North London Buddhist Centre

The Matrix of Mindfulness, special guest Vajradaka tonight (Tue)

By Ratnaprabha on Tue, 7 Apr, 2020 - 11:25

The Matrix of Mindfulness, special guest Vajradaka tonight (Tue)

By Ratnaprabha on Tue, 7 Apr, 2020 - 11:25

Tuesday 7 April, 19:00
Mindfulness is the all-pervading infrastructure upon which all growth and development, both personal and spiritual, can flourish.

In this evening workshop, hosted by the NLBC Tuesday evening class, Vajradaka will lead us into practical and direct meditations and exercises which highlight how different facets of mindfulness help us become more positive and go beyond limitations in our meditation and everyday life.

Join Zoom Meeting https://zoom.us/j/2600510080 Meeting ID: 260...

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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The Dharma Toolkit Daily, Episode 9 - Breathing Space

By Centre Team on Wed, 1 Apr, 2020 - 16:30

Dr. Paramabandhu Groves is the co-author with Dr. Jed Shamel of ‘Mindful Emotion - A Short Course in Kindness’, and the pioneering spirit behind the Breathing Space project in London. Using mindfulness-based cognitive therapy he specialises in recovery work with those suffering from long-term depression and addiction issues.

As you might expect from someone who has lived for 30+ years in Dharma-centred community, Paramabandhu has also turned to developing resources for mental health based around core Buddhist practices...

Community Highlights
Community Highlights

The Dharma Toolkit Daily, Episode 8 - Sailing the Worldly Winds

By Centre Team on Wed, 1 Apr, 2020 - 00:18

Gain and Loss
Praise and Blame
Fame and Infamy
Pleasure and Pain

Today we look forward to the start of our first Home Retreat of these coronavirus times in the company of Dassini and Vajragupta, sailing through our human relationship to the Worldly Winds (lokadhammas), a lesser known gem of a Buddhist teaching we think will be a useful tool for anyone living through our current shared crisis.

Vajragupta’s book will be the basis of our online course, designed...

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The Community Toolkit for Uncertain Times

The Dharma Toolkit Daily, Episode 7 - The Blue Sky at the Heart of the Body

By Centre Team on Tue, 31 Mar, 2020 - 11:04

A crucial and rather beautiful conversation about how we relate to our bodies in relative isolation. Some down-to-earth, open-hearted sharing of experience about things physical: the signs and symptoms and weathers of our bodies; the beneficial effect on our mental health of imaginative connection with other embodied beings; and the kindly wisdom in learning to see and name our actual physical experience instead of becoming lost in speculation.

We’re joined for an all Southern Hemisphere affair by Suvarnadhi from Auckland, NZ...

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The Community Toolkit for Uncertain Times

The Dharma Toolkit Daily, Episode 5 - Guarding the Gates

By Centre Team on Fri, 27 Mar, 2020 - 01:18

The Internet doesn’t always make things better! What do you do in the face of 24 hour news media that is just not going to stop? 

Join us for a conversation about how to guard the gates of our senses when it matters in order to stay sane. Inspiring words about the practice of beauty, being rooted in the body and the senses, staying centred in a storm of input and opinion and views. And a practical pathway towards life done differently,...

North London Buddhist Centre
North London Buddhist Centre

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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North London Buddhist Centre
North London Buddhist Centre

The Matrix of Mindfulness with Vajradaka

By Ratnaprabha on Tue, 24 Mar, 2020 - 16:52

The Matrix of Mindfulness with Vajradaka

By Ratnaprabha on Tue, 24 Mar, 2020 - 16:52

Tuesdays 24 & 31 March 7-9pm (also 7 April)

Vajradaka’s workshops continue online on the Zoom platform. This one is hosted by the West London Buddhist centre, but Vajradaka will follow up with the North London Centre on 7 April.

“In his characteristic workshop style, Vajradaka will explore how to apply mindfulness to mental and emotional well-being, everyday life as well as personal and spiritual development. Even more relevant than ever!”

You will need to install the Zoom app or programme on your device...

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