Viveka explores the theme of racism from the perspective of the Dharma and what the Buddha had to say about complex conditionality. A timely look at understanding - and ultimately undoing - the patterns that lead to prejudice and bias, of all kinds.
Specifically, this talk investigates:
- Opening to the inter-personal, organizational, and societal conditioning that perpetuates racial bias.
Bodhiyoga ran by Sadhita and Sudaka organise several of their events through Suryavana Retreat Centre.
Yoga without Awareness cannot be Yoga.
Our teachers gain a clear understanding of how to present a full range of yoga postures and sequencing formats both fast and slow, (vinyasa flow, Yin, a more therapeutic approach) incorporating modern and ancient methods.
We emphasise intelligent, sensitive, anatomy-based alignment principles rather than a dogmatic one-alignment-fits-all-approach. Distinctively, we teach how to apply Mindfulness to...
Our retreats at Suryavana unfold in two phases. A new development has been to invite locally based practitioners both English and Spanish to join us over the weekend. After Sunday lunch the Spanish group leaves and the retreat moves into a second phase with the smaller group emphasising more silence and contemplation. We offer two groups with meditation and Yoga classes in English and Spanish. This format has proved very satisfactory intercultural event. Places will be...
Mindfulness practices are spreading across western societies, prompting widespread interest as well as challenges from Buddhists and critics. Behind these discussions is the question: can mindfulness be a force for change in society, and if so, what are the risks for Buddhism and for society?
Vishvapani is very involved in these discussions in the UK. He teaches mindfulness in Cardiff, is the Wales Director of The Mindfulness Initiative (an advocacy group that promotes mindfulness to policy makers)...
Danabhadri talks about her experience of preparing food in the kitchen of the Dhanakosa retreat centre - including practising mindfulness while chopping vegetables, approaching cooking as a puja, and wisdom reflections on the interconnectedness of our food chain.
Monday evenings, 7 - 9 PM, January 14 - February 4
What is mindfulness and how does one practice it?
In this four week course we will explore the Buddha’s teaching of mindfulness, generally as a living principle, and more specifically as a meditation practice. Participants will learn the Mindfulness of Breathing, a meditation that has been practiced for thousands of years, and learn everything they need to begin a regular and effective meditation practice. Suitable for complete beginners, or...
Have you ever wanted to change your life? Maybe in small ways, maybe in big ones?
Learning or refreshing your acquaintance with the ancient, tried-and-tested techniques of Buddhist meditation is like walking through a portal into change of your own making. A certain magic is there to be found and engaged with - at your own pace, wherever you are starting out from.
Come and join us for a new short fall course of classes...
This FBA Podcast is a talk by Ratnaprabha entitled ‘Sowing Seeds In the Soil of the Mind - The Alaya.’
The alaya, or storehouse consciousness, is the Buddhist equivalent of the unconscious mind. It is like a garden, in which every experience and action sows a seed which may later sprout and create our unfolding life.
This talk describes how this relates to the six sense awarenesses, the mind as a sense, and the...